are under construction updated 12 Dec 2009
H. Pomeroy Observatory
This telescope facility will be used to do real science along
with exposing the youth of Beaver County and anyone else, that
wants to explore the mechanics and the science of astronomy. We
are building the CHPO as a small scale, large telescope
facility. The dome will rotate on a carousel, with a
concrete pier and steel mount. We will use an automated computer
data collection system. As funding permits, we will obtain
instrumentation to be used in the search for near earth objects.
26 Nov 09
We got the telescope
fired up Thanksgiving night. This was the first of many shake down
runs. Focus on point sources leaves a bit to be desired, but fixable.
Polar alignment is off by 2 degrees in elevation and needs some tweaking
in azmuth. Tracking was good and I stayed on the moon for 15 minutes.
I took a picture of the moon, camera lens to eyepice. Not the
best way to do it, but I thought I would post it.
Unofficial first light
13 November 2009 (Friday)
2nd Snow of the winter
The 2nd snow brought cold this time. The temp got down to
16 F last night. Before I can install the framing for the shutter,
we need warmer weather. The plastic in the dome is too brittle to
clamp and form and glue won't adhere well in the cold. I'm getting
a propane heater to help warm things up a bit and hopefully next week
the weather will be more acceptable. Weather data is hard to get with
a frozen anemometer
16 degrees doesn't help either.
The Good Guys
Many thanks to
the following businesses in Southern Utah for all the help
in getting us underway. Each of them has given of their service
and financial support freely and in many cases at the right moment, to
keep us on track.
79 N Main Suite 2
Cedar City, UT 84720
I can't say
enough about Mountain West. They have been keeping me up and running
for over 10 years.
See Roger or Aaron for your computer needs. The service there is the
I pled my case to several
companies, "The Biggest", thinking they would jump on board to help us out.
All I got was phone numbers that nobody answered. When I went into
the South Central office in Cedar City, not only did I get a friendly
reception, they offered their help, not a phone number. We now have
wireless internet at the CHPO. Click on the logo for all your
communication needs from internet to tv. They have it all.
Machine and Construction
Rollins Machine for the excellent and
speedy service . If you need anything fabricated "yesterday"
they are the place to go.
1842 S. Hwy 21
Milford, Utah 84751
Henrie's Earth Moving, Inc.
These good folks can provide road base, water
and road construction just to mention a few.
P.O. Box 157
Minersville, Utah 84752
Fishlake Lumber Company
1627N. Hwy 357
P.O. Box L
Beaver, Utah 84713
1330 S Providence Center Dr, Cedar City, UT 84720