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Removal of the Primary and Secondary Mirrors from the McMath Telescope, April 2005 (part 1 of 3)

On April 9, 2005, a group of Lowbrows met at Peach Mountain Observatory to perform maintenance on the telescope. This page is the first of three pages showing telescope maintenance that day.

Our new Observatory Director, D.C. Moons, and our old(er) Observatory Director, Bernard Friberg, determined that the 24” telescope mirror’s coating had gotten thin enough to need recoating, so they contacted H.L. Clausing Inc. in Skokie, IL. Mr. Clausing generously agreed to coat both the primary and the secondary mirrors for free.

Before the mirrors could be sent to Clausing, they needed to be removed. Due to the size (and weight) of the McMath telescope, this was a rather complex operation.

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