Meeting of September 11, 2018

Minutes of Meeting
September 11, 2018-

The meeting was attended by 14 members and guests.

KD5KBU JIM     FORT DAVIS
W5NPR  BILL    ALPINE
KA5PVB CHUCK   ALPINE 
KG5LMG MARVIN  FORT DAVIS
KG5LMK MIKE    FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIB JUDI    FORT DAVIS
K5WSA  BILL    FORT DAVIS
KE5WCP STEPHEN FORT DAVIS
KG5ZIC PAMELA  FORT DAVIS
KG5LTE SCOTT   ALPINE
       TERRI   FORT DAVIS 
       JEFF    FORT DAVIS
AI4BA  DAVID   ALPINE
       HENDI   ALPINE

The meeting was a field trip to the Hobby Eberly Telescope on Fowlkes Mountain in Jeff Davis County, which is a part of the McDonald Observatory complex. Jim KD5KBU conducted the tour. He led those present through the dome which houses the 11-meter (433 inch) telescope, explaining the structure of the scope with its 91 mirrors. He demonstrated the method of rotation which runs on air inflated pads. The telescope weighs approximately 130 tons. The tour also included a visit to the operation rooms where the astronomer and telescope operators are on duty. A question and answer period followed the presentation.

The tour was was well presented and much appreciated by those in attendance.

Respectively Submitted:

Bill Roberts W5NPR
Secretary