WANTED: Observatory project/observing partner in North SD Cty/South Riverside Cty area of Southern California.
For those of you who read and replied to my last ad, thank you. The ad brought welcome replies with words of support and encouragement from parties both known and unknown in our little community . . . but nothing from a prospective partner. I have to keep looking, so forgive this and possible future re-posts.
Declining health has forced the interruption of work on a 3+ year work-in-progress – an advanced mobile/trailer-mounted, 8’, turret-design observatory. The project is close to completion, however I am now unable to do the remaining work myself. Furthermore, health has also led to a change in living arrangements (I’m no longer fully independent and am currently living in my son’s home), leaving me no place to store/work on the project, or a place to store and use the fairly comprehensive array of power and hand shop tools/equipment/etc that’s enabled me to bring the project to where it is now.
Almost everything that will be needed to complete and operate the observatory as a fully computerized, motor driven, self-powered, self-contained visual and/or film/digital astrophotography observatory is already there. With the right person helping, I estimate that the project could be substantially completed in 4 or 5 weekends – maybe less, depending on the skills/experience of the individual. A rough estimate of time that has already gone into the project is in excess of 2500 hours over the past 3½ years. During this time the observatory’s design has gone through a few iterations, each change inevitably adding to it’s complexity, automation and capabilities. When complete, this observatory will be the rival of small college observatories, and the equal or better of any amateur “dream system.” If you are the right person, this observatory can be yours to have and use as if it were your own.
SEE PART 2