All those of you who visit the Anza facility
will know of the "Football Field" or Members Observing
Area. This is an area of the site which has a number of concrete
pads for the placement of members telescopes - but there is no provision
of power to the area.
A few months ago Russell Sipe announced an important
development at the Anza observing site which will benefit many members.
The OCA Board had voted to expand the pads and to add electricity
to this area. The work is progressing quite rapidly now with the
help of members such as Vance Tyree, Don Lynn, and board members
Gary Schones, Russell Sipe, and Liam Kennedy.
Below are some photographs of the progress to
We inscribed our names into the concrete
- and added Charlie Oostdyk into the cement in reference
to his almost single-handed efforts which resulted in the
first 4 pads some 15 years previously.
|All the electrical points will
be placed on sturdy concrete pads in order to minimize risk
of damage (although everyone will need to be careful of not
damaging their vehicles).
There is more to be done. We are going to be returning
to complete the work with the building of a further 6 pads - adding
to the 4 we just did and the 4 already there. These pads will be
built at a slight angle to the existing pads in order to preserve
the maximum amount of parking space.
It would be great to have more OCA Members helping
out next time. More hands definitely makes lighter work. You do
not need to know anything about laying concrete - just bring muscle!
Thanks to: Don Lynn, Gary Schones, Russell
Sipe, Vance Tyree, Liam Kennedy
December 13th 2000