Telescope Enclosure for 8-inch Meade SCT
The telescope enclosure was designed by Joe
Gerencher and was manufactured by Hill Metal of Allentown, PA, according to the
engineering drawings created by Kurt Schreefer. The telescope platform is
on the upper-most roof of Collier Hall of Science at Moravian College in
Bethlehem, PA. Piers on the telescope platform hold reflectors and
refractors which have to be set up and taken down each observing session.
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The enclosure, closed and locked, viewed from southwest.
The north end has a locked hinge.
Removing the lock on south end.
Pulling on handle on north end.
Tipping on hinge at north end.
Rotating lid to floor
Setting lid onto floor. Table exact height as lid.
The rod through the hinge can be unlocked and removed.
After unlocking rod, rod is pulled to free lid from table.
Lid is freed from table and can be slid away on its flat top.
Without the lid, the telescope is more easily available to larger groups.
Lid slid back to table at end of observing session.
A handle inside the lid allows easy alignment of the hinge components.
Rod reinserted to join lid to table.
Lid rotated back up onto closure.
Lid is easily rotated by one person back into closed position.
The tab fits into slot on table for lock.
Notice the milled edge of the table, which keeps water from entering.
Lid rotates at hinge on northern end.
Detail of pier for table.
Left view - south end (lock end). Right view - north end (hinge
Hinges shown in right diagram were modified on final design.
Details of lid. Made of welded aluminum sheet metal.
Detail of table top, showing milled edges.