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.
Bill Roberts W5NPR