Observatory Corner

Original article appears in GuideStar August, 2015.

by Mike Edstrom, Observatory Director

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During the very hot week of July 6th the observatory in Columbus was power washed, primed and painted thanks mainly to Fred Cyrway with a lot of help from Joel and Becky Brewer, Walt Cooney, Bill Flanagan, Ed Fraini, Dave Masera, Don Selle, Don Taylor and Rob Torrey.  This was much needed and looks GREAT!!!  Please come out and see the difference yourself. 

On Friday and Saturday July 10th and 11th several private observatory owner purchased the paint and Fred and others painted their observatories for them. 

We are coming into the hotter time of the year so be sure to drink plenty of fluids when you come and take advantage of HAS’s most valued asset the Dark Site.  Please remember to fill out your observing log and put it in the center box on the observing field if you should forget we have them available on the website for your convenience just look on the Observatory page fill it in and submit it electronically.

As a safety reminder please read the sign posted on the side of the metal building at the Dark Site which has directions to the hospital and contact information for the sheriff’s department it also has the address to the site in case of a medical emergency.

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If you have a Randall’s card, and have not done so, please have it coded for the Houston Astronomical Society.  Simply go to the Customer Service Booth and ask them to code your card to the Houston Astronomical Society’s “Good Neighbor” account.

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