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Historical Archive 1980–1989

Z Dome Construction

The building of the Z Dome and the Z-Scope were easily the most complicated construction projects ever taken on by the MAS. Ground breaking occurred on Astronomy Day, April 26, 1980. The entire project was headed by Gerry Samolyk. The building was designed to accommodate a 22-foot dome which was sitting unused at the Delco Plant in Oak Creek and house a 26-inch Cassegrain Reflector built ourselves. But as the building base was nearly completed in the fall of 1980, we were informed that Delco would not honor their promise to donate the dome. With no other option available, we would design and fabricate the dome ourselves and have to do it "in place."

The building is a testament to the Milwaukee Astronomical Society and its membership, and no more so than to Gerry Samolyk, our Observatory Director from 1980-2013.  

Chris Hesseltine 1980 - Layout Block
Chris Hesseltine - June 1980. Pouring the pier base.
June 1980 - First weekend laying block
Early masonry work Early Masonry
June 1980 - First weekend laying block
June 1980 - First weekend laying block
1980 - Laying block June 1980 - Mixing mud
June 1980 - Second weekend laying block
June 1980 - Mixing mud. Left: Jim Toeller, Right: Gene Hanson, Back: John Asztalos
June 1980 - Fanson & Hesseltine 1980 - Ray Zit
June 1980 - Right: Jim Fanson Left: Chris Hesseltine
June 1980 - Ray Zit
Masonry Crew 1980 - Jim Fanson
July 1980 - The Crew. From left: Gerry Samolyk, Brian Ganiere, Gene Hanson, John Asztalos, Jim Fanson, Chris Hesseltine
July 1980 - Jim Fanson
July 1980 - Gene Hanson 1980 - Beverage Check
July 1980 - Gene Hanson
June 1980 - Gerry Samolyk & John Asztalos. Beverage check.
1980 - Gerry Samolyk and Gene Hanson Sept 1980 - Gerry Samolyk on beam
July 1980 - Gene Hanson throwing blocks to Gerry Samolyk
July 1980 - Gerry Samolyk
1980 - Jim Fanson & Gerry Samolyk Sept 1980 - Chris Hesseltine, Gerry Samolyk, and Jim Fanson
Sept 1980 - Jim Fanson and Gerry Samolyk
Sept 1980 - Chris Hesseltine at beam. Gerry Samolyk & Jim Fanson in background.
Oct 1980 - John Asztalos 1981 - Gerry Samolyk on Tractor
October 1980 - John Asztalos
August 1981 - Gerry Samolyk
Sept 1981 - Bill Tuerck & Gerry Samolyk 1981 - On the roof
Sept 1981 - Bill Tuerck & Gerry Samolyk
1981 - ?, John Asztalos, ?, Jim Fanson, Chris Hesseltine
Nov 1981 - Gerry Samolyk 1981 - Dome before sunset
Nov 1981 - Gerry Samolyk
Nov 1981 - Dome skeleton before sunset
Nov 1981 Nov 1981 - Dome work at night
Nov 1981 - Dome work
Nov 1981 - Dome work at night
Nov 1981 - Gerry Samolyk, first skin on Z Dome Nov 1981 - Applying the skins
Nov. 14, 1981 - Gerry Samolyk, first skin applied 
Nov 14, 1981- Applying the skins
1982-83, Dome Slit 1980 - Milwaukee Needs a New Observatory
October 1980 - John Asztalos
Milwaukee Needs A New Observatory. 1980 appeal for support for the 26 inch project.

 

Z Scope Construction

1982 - Lifting the Z Scope base 1982 - Lifting the Right Ascension ring
1982 - Lifting the Z Scope base.
1982 - Lifting the Right Ascension ring. Gerry Samolyk & Paul Borchardt
1982 - Gerry Samolyk 1982 - Paul Borchardt
May 1982 - Gerry Samolyk at the grinder
May 1982 - Paul Borchardt at the lathe
1982 - Gerry Samolyk 1983 - Virgil Tangney
May 1982 - Gerry Samolyk
August 1983 - Virgil Tangney
1983 - Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos 1983 - Gerry Samolyk and Chris Hesseltine
April 1983 - 26" Mirror completed. Gerry Samolyk & John Asztalos
April 1983 - Gerry Samolyk & Chris Hesseltine

 

AAVSO Spring Meeting - May 1982

Ray Zit 1982 MAS Observatory Tour - AAVSO Spring Meeting
Ray Zit along with Janet Mattei at the base of the Zemlock Telescope mount.
Tour of the observatory. Frank Roldan, Chris Hesseltine, Dave Williams, Marv Baldwin, and Gerry Samolyk
AAVSO 1982 Spring Meeting Group Photo MAS Observatory Tour - AAVSO Spring Meeting
AAVSO Spring Meeting Group Picture
Group picture key

 

Miscellaneous

MAS Observatory 1988 Ed, Gerry, Bill, and Walter
 MAS Observatory grounds around 1988.
Ed Halbach, Gerry Samolyk, Bill Albrecht, and Walter Scott Houston at the 1986 AAVSO Spring Meeting.
Orion Nebula - John Asztalos
Orion Nebula from the observatory using Glaser, E400, ~15 min. exposure. 1986.
Photo by John Asztalos.
John Asztalos posing with the newly refurbished B-Scope. 1984.
MAS Observatory before the 1984 convention At Greenbush, 1984.
The MAS Observatory before the ALCON 1984 convention. 
At Greenbush, July 1980
Doc, Aris, and John
July 1981
October, 1988
Richard Berry with his 20 inch Dobsonian John Wat at Greenbush, 1984.
Richard Berry with his 20 inch Dobsonian he built at Greenbush. August, 1984.
John Wiesen at Greenbush, August 1984.
John Wat and Pete Smitka at GMNP, 1985 Pete Smitka at UW, Spring 1989.
John Wiesen and Pete Smitka at GMNP, May 1985
Pete Smitka at UW Washburn, 1989.