by Sue Ruehle
Members of the Racine Astronomical Society have been working hard on refurbishing the 12 inch telescope for Tanzania. One member is working on some parts for the mount and drive as another has most of the drive mechanics figured out. The mount should be ready in the next month or so. Several members have been working on the optical tube assembly and this past weekend installed the mirrors and mounted it on the HGM 200 mount in building 2 of the observatory. Two members took some pictures.
One person had rough collimated the mirrors, but unfortunately the secondary was not in the correct position to bring the scope into focus. They were able to correct the mirror position, but that threw off the collimation. The hour was getting late and workers were all getting cold, so they left the telescope on the mount and plan to look at the collimation again next weekend.