AOMO LOG, Sept. 17, 2011

Work Party: Leigh, Mark Eburne, Wayne Lyons, Allen Jones, Terry McComas, Ciara Morgan-Feir, Bob Perry and Pomponia Martinez

Arrived: 9:00am

Temp: warm

First of all I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers that helped Mark and I with all the hard work that needed doing around the AOMO.

Allan and Mark set about falling trees in the northeast and southeast quadrants where the Malcolm Knapp Forest administration had given us permission to do so.  Our object was to open up the horizon for better views from both the outside pad and the main telescope.  This was very punishing work for guys who no longer do this sort of physical work every day.  I had the easy task of using my son’s Tracker to drag the trees up the hill where Terry, Bob, Wayne, Ciara and myself could limb them and buck them.

Bob also went to town with a gas weed wacker to knock down all the undergrowth that had sprung up around the building and pad.

Terry, Ciara, Wayne, Bob and I all loaded a trailer Mark had brought, with the limbs and other slash for disposal at the designated sight.  Terry, Bob, Mark and Wayne took turns driving it to unload.

Pomponia moved the PC from the dome to the office and ran the wires as well.  She also cleaned up the office and re-arranged the computer stand in the dome.

Thanks again to all of you.  You never complained even though your bodies were.  Amongst some well earned grunts and groans, we loaded up and called it a day.  Score for the day: Astronomers 22 trees, Forest 0 astronomer casualties.  Good day!

Depart: 4:00 aprox.

Temp: Still warm.

Darkness meter: n/a