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In the Fall of 1988,
Mars, The Red Planet put on a great show during its close opposition.
Rett Alonzi shot this image of Mars on Tech Pan 2415 film during a rare night
of very excellent and super steady seeing. The photo was shot at prime focus
on the Powell 30 inch reflector and then colorized with Photoshop.
During a special event
John Dobson visited Powell Observatory during the Mid-States Regional
Convention. John, creater of the Dobsonian style of telescope, looked over telescopes,
talked with members and later that evening gave a talk on his views of the cosmos.
During the first months of 1995
The 30 inch Telescope
at Powell Observatory was refitted with a new computer control and
drive system. Due to extremely cold weather during the work, a plastic
balloon was inflated inside the dome to allow reasonable working temperatures.
Assistant Observatory Directors Nick Reuss and Robert Haler spent
hundreds of hours on the project.
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