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65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kamuela, HI 96743

An electronic publication of The West Hawaii Astronomy Club -

    Andrew Cooper

Vice President:
    Cliff Livermore



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West Hawaii Astronomy Club Resources

We have a dark site:

At mile marker 15.5 on the high road between Kona and Waimea, there's a Dept of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) hunting site that is open, flat, and (best of all) dark. Here's the map.

Club member Kyle Saikatani has cleaned it up immensely for us! A few before and after pictures:
before 1
Looking NE
after 1
After cleanup
before 1
Looking South
after 1
After cleanup

And we have one telescope:

blue celestron The Celestron C-8 was acquired some time ago.
The club was contacted (via Craig Combes) by a gentleman named Mike Duncan from Oahu who happened upon our website. He was looking for a new home for a Celestron C-8 telescope that he had inherited. He told Craig the scope had fallen and sustained some damage. Craig told him if he would ship it to us for free, we would take it. Craig received the scope a few days later and assessed the damage. The finder bracket was broken, it's missing the power cord (so we need replacements, if anyone in the club happens to have either) and the visual adapter was bent. There was some minor corrosion in some places and the primary could use a new coating, but other than that it's in fine shape.

OOPS! Craig goofed by removing the primary without realizing that there was no way to collimate it. This left him with a dilemma that he resolved by adding collimation screws for the primary! He also fixed the bent visual adapter, which will soon be replaced by a diagonal, added flocking paper to the inside of the tube, cleaned it up and gave it a nice new paint job.

The club purchased a used tripod and wedge, so it is up and running - a very decent telescope for members to use.

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