Milwaukee Astronomical Society


History of the Milwaukee Astronomical Society


1978-1982 - Planning, Move the Observatory, Build On Site, Build a Dome



The brochure for the grand move (see below) is printed. The cost is $1,748 for 2500 copies.

Exterior rendering of proposed new observatory near Holy Hill.

Brochure - Moving costs Click/tap here or on either of the images (above or left) to see the full 8 page brochure for the fundraising campaign.

As you can see the needed funds were outrageously high so there was little chance that they could raise even a fraction of the amount needed.

Soon after it is determined that any Holy Hill site is a dead issue. Besides the Albrecht offer of one acre, he had been in talks with officials of the Holy Hill Basilica for a larger plot of land that they could possibly donate. In May, Albrecht recapped events since Sept. '75 when he offered 1 acre of land to the MAS as a site for the proposed 26", until the present. He suggested that if a move is not made soon, the new site plan should be dropped and either find another site or build it on the observatory grounds. He advised that money and effort be best directed to construction on the present site and not to move, and requested the MAS to relieve him of the original offer of one acre. He stated the following reasons for requesting to be relieved of his land offer:

  1. At this time he does not see that the MAS has the personnel necessary to accomplish the move of the present facilities (even before building the 26") to the new site.
  2. Originally a move was planned because of the encroachment of the City of New Berlin on the present facilities. At present the new site is being subdivided rapidly and soon will be as light polluted as the present site.
  3. Society efforts should not be divided between building the 26" and moving present facilities, but should be concentrated on building only.
  4. The cash that the MAS has thus far accumulated would be used up in just the acquiring land leaving nothing to begin construction with. Richard Berry said that in a decade the proposed site would be as bright as the present site.
  5. A road would be needed to access the site which would be another $20,000.
  6. Member apathy.
The Board decided to relieve Albrecht of his land offer.

The Dome at the former Delco Plant in Oak Creek.
In July, a new course of action is proposed for the 26" project. An observatory building with dimensions of 24 X 24 feet and 10 feet tall will be constructed. The size is needed to accommodate the 22 foot Delco dome. In August, the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) asks to proceed with the planning for construction of the 24X24 building. The cost is estimated to be $6,000 to include the architect's fee but no dome. In September, the LRPC after consideration, recommends that the MAS proceed with plans for building a structure on the present site and initiate fund raising. Mr. John Jach, an architect and member, showed sketches of the proposed building which will cost $6,000 without the dome.

In December, Jim Toeller (MAS Treasurer) reports the 26" fund has already reached $10,000 and $2,000 has already been spent. In the new Telescope Making magazine, MAS member Richard Berry who is the editor would like to present an article with Ray Zit's name. It would present the MAS as a productive and successful amateur group which has been in operation for over 40 years. The Board approved.

Above: the featured article in the Winter 1978 issue of Telescope Making magazine. It was entitled "Amateur Astronomy in Milwaukee - Group Maintains Observatory for 40 Years" and though written by Richard Berry, credit is given to Observatory Director Ray Zit. Note: The pages shown are just for basic display. Due to copyright, they have been reduced to a size and resolution where they cannot be read. If you are a member of the MAS, we own several copies of this and it is available for viewing at our observatory.

Also in December, Bill Albrecht is voted a Founder Member. Bill and Anne have already purchased a house on the Big Island of Hawaii. John Jach meets with the New Berlin town board with an eye to get building permits. Plans for groundbreaking will be set for next spring.



In January, Bill Albrecht officially announces his retirement.

In February, the project fund reaches $11,000. The basic building plan is approved by New Berlin with the stipulation that the main entrance be widened and blacktopped, something that's been needed for years. The plan is to break ground by spring with the building minus the dome completed by fall.

In April, Bill Collins begins grinding the mirror for the 26".

In May, because of the perception that there is not enough expertise in construction in the club, the Board decides that the only course of action is to put out bids to use most of the money raised so far to have it built. Our architect, John Jach has estimated the cost to be $6,000. By the end of the month he has the plans finalized so can be submitted to the City of New Berlin sometime in June.

At the June Board meeting, they announce that they have received several bids for the 26" building. James Luterbach - $11,500, C Bundy - $11,581, Zielinski Builders - $17,680, Tezlaff Masonry - $7,085. The low bid, however, is just for the masonry. Therefore, there is not enough money to execute this option. The project has died. However, it will turn out the project is only "mostly dead".

Z-Dome Rendering. Exterior viewed from the east.

26" building exterior viewed from the east.

Z-Dome Rendering. Exterior with cutout to show the telescope, mount, and pier. viewed from the east.

26" building with cutout to show the telescope, mount, and pier.

At the July Board meeting they discuss the situation and really have no immediate options because of the club's lack of any construction expertise. The only option is to put the project on hold indefinitely. However, Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos are there at the meeting after doing a full day of carpentry work. They take particular exception when a Board member announces, "And we have no one who can do carpentry!" Gerry who does construction as his full time job as he's working his way through college then offers to take on the project.

Construction cannot start until the following spring because the building permits have not yet been approved.



January We finally receive the 26" building permits from New Berlin. The building must be started within 4 months and completed within 18 after the receipt of the permit. Construction will begin in the spring. Gerry Samolyk serves as the general contractor.

March Harvey Lindemann is made a Founder Member of the MAS.

April Ceremonial ground breaking occurred on Astronomy Day, April 26.

26" Building Ceremonial Groundbreaking. Frank Roldan, Richard Szopinski, Darrel Moore, Milton Pelisek, Ray Zit.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking. Shovel people from left: Frank Roldan, Richard Szopinski, Darrel Moore, Milton Pelisek, Ray Zit.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking film crew.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking film crew.

Footing trenching: We accept a $300 bid from Chuck Christopher. The bid includes trenching for the booting, digging flat for the slab, and trenching for the pier. Does not include backfill. We are given the word that we will be able to get the Delco dome for the 26" building!

Ray Zit is appointed for another 3-year term as Observatory Director.

Historian Note: We have a lot of detail of the construction because of the participation of a handful of members who have given their first-hand accounts, three of those took many pictures, and because of decent entries made in the club log book. Much of the detail presented here are word for word entries in the Observatory Log Book.

May 3 Samolyk: Surveyed 26" site and staked for digging the footings.

Actual groundbreaking for the 26" building.May 13 Actual ground breaking. Footings dug.

May 17 Samolyk, Hanson, Fanson, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Formed footings for 26". They had to manually dig out the east wall since rain made it collapse a day or two earlier.

May 18 Samolyk: Finished forms.

May 19 Samolyk: Rebar. Hanson: At 3:15, Inspector okayed the forms.

May 20 Samolyk, Asztalos, Fanson, Hanson, Hesseltine: Poured footings with no problems.

Chris Hesseltine and Jim Fanson.

The next phase of the project is laying the cinder blocks. Because of the skill needed, Samolyk hires professional masons to do the actual laying while members function as the laborers which entails building the scaffolding, mixing the "mud" (i.e., the cement), and delivering the cinder blocks and mud to the masons. The block will be laid over 4 Saturdays. At least 120 pictures were taken at this phase of construction and only a handful are displayed here. Click/tap here to see all the the pictures.

May 26 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hanson, Fanson, Ganiere: Foundation for 26" - Block is laid to ground level.

First block

The First Block

First block

The First Block

Gerry Samolyk

Gerry Samolyk

First block

Brian Ganiere, Gene Hanson, Gerry Samolyk.

First block

Gene Hanson, Gerry Samolyk, Brian Ganiere, professional masons.

First Day of Block - Foundation. Photo by John Asztalos

Jim Toeller, Chris Hesseltine, Gerry Samolyk, Brian Ganiere, Gene Hanson, Jim Fanson, professional masons.

May 27 Asztalos: Building inspector came out and OK'd foundation.

May 30 Samolyk: Dropped off I-beams.

Jun 3 Samolyk: Rocks in pier for 26".

Jun 4 Hanson: 11:00 & 12:00 - 2 deliveries of block.

Jun 7 Samolyk, Hanson, Fanson, Asztalos, Hesseltine, Harris, Zit: Laying block. The day started with a very intense thunderstorm that could have canceled the planned day. Jim Fanson walked around with his light meter in hand and noted how dark it had become at the height of the storm. Fortunately the storm was short and work could continue that day. By the end of the day the walls were up to about 5 feet.

Wet morning and lots of block

Wet morning and lots of block

Blocks after the rain

More wet blocks

Layer by layer. Masons Wally and Godheart.

Layer by layer. Masons Wally and Godheart.

Gerry Samolyk, Scaffolding needed.

Scaffolding needed. Gerry Samolyk.

Recycle the Mud. John Asztalos, professional masons, Dwight Harris, Chris Hesseltine.

Recycle the Mud. John Asztalos, professional masons, Dwight Harris, Chris Hesseltine.

Samolyk enjoying life. Gerry Samolyk, Tom Schmitkunz, Dwight Harris, Ray Zit, and professional masons.

Samolyk enjoying life. Gerry Samolyk, Tom Schmitkunz, Dwight Harris, Ray Zit, and professional masons.

Jun 14 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hanson, Fanson, Ganiere, Hesseltine: Block work, up to about 8 feet above ground level. Third week of block laying.

Make it Level. Professional masons, Wally, Rocky, and Godheart.

Make it Level. Professional masons, Wally, Rocky, and Godheart.

On the Scaffold. Gene Hanson, professional masons.

On the Scaffold. Gene Hanson, professional masons.

Gerry Samolyk, Scaffolding needed.

Scaffolding needed. Gerry Samolyk.

Meet the Pros. Gene Hanson, professional masons.

Gene Hanson, professional masons.

Good progress. End of 3rd Saturday.

Good progress. End of 3rd Saturday

MAS site. End of day June 14th.

MAS site. End of day June 14th.

Jun 18 Samolyk: Work on 26" pier. Putting in fill for the pier. The fill for the pier are rocks and cinder block fragments.

Building Construction Work Parties

Construction of the new observatory throughout 1980 was mostly done with a core group of six individuals, and, of course, lead by Gerry Samolyk. It then included John Asztalos, Jim Fanson, Chris Hesseltine, Gene Hanson, and Brian Ganiere. After a full day of work the group would meet up at Barbiere's Italian Inn at 58th and Bluemound for pizza.

Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos - Beverage check

Beverage Check - Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos

Lunch break - Gerry Samolyk, Jim Fanson, Gene Hanson, and Chris Hesseltine

Lunch break - Gerry Samolyk, Jim Fanson, Gene Hanson, and Chris Hesseltine. John Astalos took the picture.

Jun 21 Samolyk, Hanson, Asztalos, Fanson, Ganiere, Hesseltine: Finish block for 26" building.

Nearly Done. Professional masons, Gerry Samolyk.

Nearly Done. Professional masons, Gerry Samolyk.

Making Progress. Professional masons, Godheart, George, and Wally. Gerry Samolyk, Gene Hanson.

Making Progress. Professional masons, Godheart, George, and Wally. Gerry Samolyk, Gene Hanson.

Peaking at B Dome. Professional masons.

Peaking at B Dome. Professional masons.

Tuckpointing. Professional masons, Chris Hesseltine.

Tuckpointing. Professional masons, Chris Hesseltine.

The last block. Gerry Samolyk.

The last block. Gerry Samolyk with the camera.

Block work complete

Block work complete.

Gene Hanson throwing blocks to Gerry Samolyk to fill the pier

Jun 28 The first two of the four I-Beams were lifted onto the pilasters, about 14 feet from the ground. This will be one of the most dangerous jobs of the entire project. The sensible course would have been to rent a crane to lift the beams as they were incredibly heavy, but the cost would be prohibitive since there was very little money for the project in the first place. Gerry Samolyk hatched a plan to use scaffolding and cinder blocks so a minimum of 4 people would lift the beam the height of one cinder block. This would continue for a couple of blocks until the next rung of the boards could be inserted.

Jun 29 We receive an excellent progress report about obtaining the dome for 26" from Delco. A new roof for the Delco building is being designed and Delco will need an estimate of the value of the dome for tax purposes. We will get that estimate from Ash Dome.

Jul 1 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hanson: Installed third I-Beam. Filled 2 pilasters.

The Crew. From left: Gerry Samolyk, Brian Ganiere, Gene Hanson, John Asztalos, Jim Fanson, Chris Hesseltine
Jul 15 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Installed the last I-Beam.

Jul 16 Samolyk, Hanson, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Finished pilasters.

Aug 2 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hanson: Level floor in 26", Tuck point joints.

Aug 17 Samolyk: Scrape "B" building. Hanson: Tuck point the 26" building.

Aug 22 Delco was sent a quote on their dome of about $22,000 using figures from Ash Dome. Driveway widening will take place when the machine is here for backfill. Ray Zit's cannot continue as Observatory Director as his job is taking him to Madison, but he will continue to work on Light Pollution and Public Relations. Gerry Samolyk offers to serve as Observatory Director as he's already functioning in that capacity. Hanson: Tuck pointing 26" building

Aug 24 Hanson: Tuck pointing 26" building

Sep 1 Asztalos & Hanson: Tuck pointing

Sept 1980 - Chris Hesseltine at beam. Gerry Samolyk & Jim Fanson in background.
Chris Hesseltine painting the beam. Gerry Samolyk & Jim Fanson in background.
Sep 7 Samolyk: Worked on 26" building. Carpentry for the pier top.

Sep 12 Hesseltine: Door and window arrived for 26" building

Sep 13 Samolyk: Work on 26" building, door and window.

Sep 14 Hesseltine, Asztalos: Paint I-Beams.

Sep 16 Hesseltine: Paint on I-Beams. Not done.

Sep 20 In the Quonset Hut, Gerry Samolyk showed slides of the building construction. Frank Roldan reported progress on acquiring the Delco Dome.

Sep 22 Samolyk: Shot North/South line for 25.8"

Sep 23 Samolyk, Asztalos: Checked N/S line

Sep 26 At the September Board meeting, Frank Roldan proposed Samolyk as Observatory Director. After a discussion of the duties involved, Dan Fromm moved that Samolyk be elected to fill out the unexpired term of Ray Zit. Passed unanimously.

Sep 27 Samolyk, Asztalos, Pfannerstill, Toeller, Ganiere: Poured and finished the floor for the 26" building. Professional finisher utilized. Also, the cap for the pier was poured.

John Asztalos skateboarding on the newly poured floor.Oct 17 We receive the devastating news that Delco has turned down our request for their unused dome which is only serving as a roof. And they indicate there is little chance they will change their minds for the foreseeable future. We are left with only one bad option. We will need to manufacture a 22 foot dome ourselves, but Gerry Samolyk is confident he can make this happen.

Oct 24 Samolyk buttoning down for the winter - hay on floor of building - snow fence. Bill Konig: We will host the 1982 NCRAL in spring of 82. Samolyk asked for permission to invite the Spring Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) for May 1982 to be hosted by MAS.

Nov 12 Founder Member Ralph Buckstaff passes away. In February, Walter Scott Houston writes about Buckstaff (1887-1980) and writes the following about the MAS: "The thing the impresses me most about the Milwaukee Astronomical Society is the way it has managed to persist in high grade amateur astronomical work that is a real contribution to astronomy. It doesn't get wide national publicity but I know of no society that has contributed more solidly over the space of nearly half a century. If an amateur today wrote a history of the American amateur astronomer the MAS would have to be the biggest chapters devoted to clubs."

Nov 21 Society received a certificate at the Racine Astrofest - a design and craftsmanship award for the 10" portascopes. Samolyk: Building has been winterized and the telescope plans have been revised.

Milwaukee Needs a New Observatory brochure for fundraising.Nov 28 A new brochure is completed for fundraising. AAVSO meeting will be held one of the last two weekends in May 1982. Less than 100 people are expected and they will need a motel near airport (30 singles and 20 double rooms). They would like a tour of the Observatory and Samolyk will look into finding a speaker who uses AAVSO data. Walter Scott Houston was voted to be made an Honorary Member.

Dec 10 Dues increase is needed because of increases in magazines, postal rates, printing costs, maintenance materials, utilities, etc. Last increase 5-16-74!

Dec 12 The design and drawing for the base is completed and the electrical committee is working and would like the help of a draftsman.

1980 General

At the MAS camping outing at Greenbush, Richard Berry showed off his home-made 20-inch Dobsonian. Berry who at the time was the editor of Astronomy Magazine will be at the forefront of the Dobsonian revolution. In those early days the only way to get a Dobsonian was to build one yourself. Along with Dave Kreige they'll write the definitive guide to making large Dobsonians, "The Dobsonian Telescope: A Practical Manual for Building Large Aperture Telescopes."

Richard Berry with his home-made 20-inch Dobsonian

Richard Berry with his home-made 20-inch Dobsonian.

The Dobsonian Telescope by Richard Berry and Dave Kreige

The Dobsonian Telescope by Richard Berry and Dave Kreige.


As the year begins we are in the middle of the project that will become the Zemlock Telescope and Z-Dome. It has been 9 years since the MAS started down this path and the project could have died several times along the way, but each time the club found a way forward to keep it alive. But at the end of 1980 after an incredible half year where we went from just a grass patch to all the cinder blocks laid and ready for the delivery of the Delco dome, we received word that we would not get that dome! The project has died.

But if you haven't yet figured it out, we're basically in a classic horror movie and this thing just refuses to die! In what was a crazy idea, Gerry Samolyk proposes that we can make one ourselves.

Why Was This So Crazy?

It wasn't as if the club didn't have some experience with dome building. We designed the A-Dome, but we had major help by having professional welders assemble it. For the B-Dome we took a major shortcut by getting a farm silo dome and having that company modify it. We then had to make a slit cover and we went with a retractable one which we will have over 10 years of difficulty making it work properly. Furthermore, these were just 14 foot domes and all the personnel involved in those projects were no longer there in Milwaukee. And the needed 22 foot dome was 2.5 times the area of the 14 foot domes.

Finally, Samolyk was not going to have the luxury of building the dome in a nice climate controlled (and especially wind controlled) warehouse. He would have to build much of it in place. Though Bill Albrecht claimed that he sneakily designed the Delco dome in 3 pieces so it would be moved one day to the MAS, the fact was that it was being built in a warehouse in downtown Milwaukee and then had to be transported to Oak Creek.

But ultimately what didn't make it crazy was the simple matter of practicality. There was no real alternative. And Samolyk would prove it could be designed and built.

As the working year begins, it will be the original schedule which is to do the carpentry work. The major work on the dome won't begin until September. With the design of the telescope essentially finalized, the first pieces will be produced. As with 1980, we'll present the year by the log book entries.

Apr 4 Samolyk, Asztalos, Roldan, Hanson: Carpentry.

Apr 18 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hanson, Ganiere: Carpentry.

May 16 Pfannerstill, Samolyk, Fanson, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Painted and scraped.

May 29 Samolyk, Ganiere, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Work on floor in 26" observatory.

May The fork is completed and delivered. It was designed by Jim Fanson as an engineering project for his degree. He gets a local company to fabricate it at no charge.

Jun 13 Work - carpentry.

Jun 14 Samolyk: Fix C-Shed track.

Jun 20 Hesseltine, Samolyk, Asztalos, Bill Tuerck, Peter Smitka: Stairs in 26" building.

Jun 21 Asztalos: Painted sign.

Jun 27 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hesseltine, Brian Cieslak, Eileen Koenic, Fanson: Work on 26" building.

Jul 4 Samolyk, Hesseltine, Zych: Work on roof rafters.

Jul 5 Samolyk, Smitka, Hesseltine: Work on 26" building.

Jul 11 Samolyk, John Pfannerstill, Hesseltine: Work on 26" building.

Aug 15 Asztalos, Hesseltine: Work on 26" building.

Gene Hanson nailing down the floor. August 1981. Aug 22 Samolyk, Luann Kych, Hanson, Tuerck, Smitka: Work on 26" building.

Aug The Astronomical League creates an award for outstanding contributions to astronomy by amateurs named for Leslie Peltier who is awarded postumously. Ed Halbach is first living person to receive the Peltier Award as he is recognized by his many contributions and especially in variable stars.

Sep 2 Tuerck, Hesseltine: Metal delivery.

The roof before the dome construction. Leroy Simandl, John Asztalos, Jim Toeller, Brian Ganiere, Chris Hesseltine.Sep 5 Asztalos, Hesseltine: Set up jig for cutting dome base ring.

Sep 9 Tuerck, Cieslak: Work on dome.

Sep 12 Samolyk, Tuerck, Hesseltine: Work on dome.

Sep 13 Samolyk, Tuerck, Hesseltine, Zych: Work dome.

Sep 14 Tuerck, Hesseltine: Metal work.

Sep 19 Samolyk, Tuerck, Hesseltine, Smitka: Work on dome.

Twilight Dome construction: Leroy Simandl, Jim Toeller, Gerry Samolyk, Chris Hesseltine, Mark Zyck, and LuAnne Zyck.Sep 20 Samolyk, Tuerck: work on dome.

Sep 24 Samolyk, Tuerck, Luann Zych, Zych, Hesseltine: Dome work.

Sep 26 Cora Zemlock passes away at age 96. She had been a member of the MAS since 1946.

Sep 30 Hesseltine: Dome ring.

Oct 1 Samolyk: Cut skirt for dome.

Oct 3 Samolyk, Hesseltine: Work on dome.

Oct 4 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Work on dome.

Oct 8 Tuerck, Hesseltine: Work on dome.

Oct 10 Samolyk, Tuerck, Hesseltine: Work on dome

Oct 11 Samolyk: Dome ring.

Oct 13 Hesseltine, Tuerck: Dome.

Oct 17 Samolyk, Tuerck, Luann Zych: Dome.

Oct 18 Samolyk, Hesseltine: Dome.

Oct 26 Asztalos, Hesseltine: Dome

Oct 28 Samolyk, Hesseltine: Work on dome.

Oct 29 Samolyk: Ribs for dome.

Oct 30 Samolyk: Ribs for dome.

Oct 31 Samolyk, Asztalos, Tuerck, Mark & Luann Zych, Ganiere, Tom Renner, Hesseltine: Dome ribs.

Nov 1 Samolyk, Asztalos, Mark & Luann Zych, Hesseltine: Dome.

Nov 5 Samolyk: Dome.

Nov 7 Virgil Tangney, Asztalos, Samolyk, Cieslak, Gregg Cieslak: Dome ribs.

Nov 8 Samolyk, Asztalos, Tuerck: Dome.

Nov 9 Samolyk, Zych: Shoot elevation on dome.

Nov 10 Samolyk, Hesseltine: Dome.

Nov 14-15

Though there will be much more work to go on the dome, this weekend was easily the most significant. Because we had a couple of days on the weekend of the 14-15 with good weather (and especially with little wind), all the skins of the dome were applied. This was a race against time as a half completed dome is extremely dangerous as it could easily become a large sail, and a dome does not have a lot of strength until it is nearly complete. By the log count, 16 MAS members participated that weekend.

Gerry Samolyk - First skin applied to dome

Gerry Samolyk - First skin for the dome.

November 14, 1980 - Applying the skins.

Nov. 14 - Applying the skins.

Nov 14 Samolyk, Asztalos, Zych, Luann Zych, Virgil Tangney, Mary Ann Tangney, Hesseltine, Tuerck, Hanson, Cieslak, Jeff Rorka, Tom Schmidtkunz, unknown: Apply dome skins.

Nov 15 Samolyk, Zych, Tom Renner, Hanson, Asztalos, Roldan, Toeller, Cieslak, Hesseltine: Complete the dome skins.

Nov 27 Samolyk: Knee wall under dome.

Nov 28 Samolyk, Hanson: Under dome work.

Dec 5 Samolyk: Framing.

Dec 25 Fix cover on slit.



As the year begins the 26" building looks like completion is near, but a lot of work remains, especially on the dome. The telescope mount parts are starting to come together and it is being reported that the mirror is progressing.

1982 was special because it was the 50th anniversary of the club. To celebrate this the MAS will host two conventions: the AAVSO Spring Meeting and the NCRAL (North Central Region - Astronomical League) convention. It was really hoped that the 26" project would be fairly complete, but at least visually the visitors could see an amazing amount of progress.

Observatory grounds in early spring, 1982.

Feb 6 Samolyk: Scrape Quonset

Feb 7 Samolyk, Zych: Fix dome

Feb 13 Samolyk: Work on [can't read]

Feb 14 Samolyk: Work

Feb 18 Samolyk, Zych: Haul 2X4'

Feb 20 Samolyk, Zych, Smitka: Work on 26"observatory - building walls

Mar 13 Samolyk, Smitka, Jonathan Smitka, Tom Milner: Work on Quonset.

Mar 20 Samolyk, Asztalos: Lot done on building

Mar 23 Samolyk, Tuerck: Electrical

Mar 24 Tuerck: [electrical?]

Mar 27 Samolyk, Hanson, Luann Zych: Framing

Mar 28 Samolyk, Hanson: Framing

Mar 29 Tuerck: [electrical?]

Gerry Samolyk - Z Scope base being lifted to second floor for installation.Apr 10 Samolyk, Smitka, Jonathan Smitka, Thomas Milner, Asztalos, Hesseltine, Borchardt: lifted fork to get upstairs, installed base, finished floor. Paint Quonset.

Apr 14 Tuerck: Electrical

Apr 17 Samolyk, Tangney, Asztalos: [nothing specified]

Apr 18 Samolyk, Asztalos: Painted floor

Apr 21 Tuerck: Electrical

Apr 23 Tuerck, Hesseltine, Ganiere, Asztalos: [nothing specified]

Apr 24 Hanson, Smitka, Jonathan Smitka: [nothing specified]

AAVSO Spring Meeting in Milwaukee - MAS Observatory tour.Apr 30 AAVSO MAS Observatory tour. Samolyk, Asztalos, Hanson, Roldan, Hesseltine, Tuerck, Ganiere, Ed Halbach, Zit, Walter Scott Houston (Honorary Member), various AAVSO members. Roldan, Hesseltine, and Samolyk in the picture at right. Sunday, May 2: tour at Yerkes.

Click/tap here for other pictures from the AAVSO Spring meeting.

May 18 Gene Hanson drives the 200 lb. 26" pyrex blank in a white painted wooden crate to Star Instruments in Flagstaff, Arizona, for grinding and polishing. It is delivered in the early morning of May 19th and the owner wants to be sure the blank is okay so he opens the cover to examine it. He is horrified by what he sees and says, "It's solid glass! It should be ribbed!" indicating the blank is far heavier than it need be. The blank is anywhere from half to two-thirds heavier than it should be.

May 22 NCRAL Convention hosted by the MAS and held at Carroll Collage. Main speaker is Michael Turner from the University of Chicago.

Jun 5 Samolyk, Ganiere, Asztalos: Work on dome - 8 hours!

Jun 12 Samolyk, Tangney, Asztalos: Slit work

Jun 19 Samolyk, Ganiere: Dome work

Jun 26 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hesseltine: Work on dome

Jun 27 Samolyk, Roldan, Mark & Luann Zych, Jim Greenwald: Dome work

Jul 31 Samolyk, Asztalos, Luann Zych: Paint new building

July 1982 MAS Observatory Grounds - Photo by John Asztalos

Aug 1 Samolyk, Asztalos: Painting

Aug 7 Samolyk, Asztalos, Smitka, Hesseltine: Work

Aug 14 Samolyk, Hesseltine:

Aug 21 Samolyk, Hesseltine:

Aug 28 Samolyk, Leroy Simandl, Hesseltine:

Sep 4 Samolyk, Hesseltine, Nichols: Work on driveway and landscaping

Sep 20 Samolyk, Asztalos, Luann Zych:

Sep 21 Board Meeting. Jim Fanson takes pictures - Shown below.

Photo by Jim Fanson - Z Dome with Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos

26" Building - View from SW. Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos

Photo by Jim Fanson - Z Dome with Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos

26" Building - View from NE. Gerry Samolyk and John Asztalos

Photo by Jim Fanson - Grounds on September 21, 1982

MAS Observatory grounds from SW.

Photo by Jim Fanson - Z Scope mount base

Z Scope mount base

Oct 9 Samolyk, Ganiere: Worked on flashing

Oct 16 Samolyk, Asztalos, Ganiere, Tom Schmidtkunz: Work on roof flashing.

Oct 30 Samolyk, Zych: Work on Dome

Dec 4 Samolyk, Asztalos, Hesseltine, Ganiere: Work on dome.

Dec 14 Samolyk, Hesseltine: Polar Axis delivered


Name Key

Full names of individuals referenced on this page with their last names only.:

Samolyk - Gerry Samolyk
Asztalos - John Asztalos
Fanson - Jim Fanson
Hesseltine - Chris Hesseltine
Hanson - Gene Hanson
Ganiere - Brian Ganiere
Tuerck - Bill Tuerck
Zych - Mark Zych
Cieslak - Brian Cieslak
Smitka - Peter Smitka
Borchardt - Paul Borchardt
Tangney - Virgil Tangney
Roldan - Frank Roldan
Zit - Ray Zit
Harris - Dwight Harris
Toeller - Jim Toeller