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#1 neotesla



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

The biggest scopes in Australia appear to have escaped destruction from the wildfires...


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

That's good news indeed; those are very vicious wildfires. :(

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

At the 2002 outback eclipse, a few of my friends and I rented an observatory for a week, and dis some local field trips. One of them was a day at Mt. Stromlo.

Several months later, we presented a show about what we saw down in Australia, and a good part of the the images and discussion was about our adventures at Mt. Stromlo.

THe next morning, we found out that while we were talking, a bushfire had completely destroyed that venerable institution.

It was truly sad. I am glad we don't have another such catastrophe.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

Given wildfires have threatened major observatories in a few places around the world, perhaps facilities placed in wooded areas should consider clearing a wide swath around them to create a fire break. I imagine they'd rather lose a few trees and some grass than have their facilities ruined.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

I saw that. Great news. I survived a terrible fire in AZ a bit more than 10 years ago. Rodeo-Chediski Fire I know the sick feeling in your gut leaving your place in evacuation wondering if you will ever see anything again. Not fun.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:43 AM

As far as I know there have been fires at La Palma (2007) & Kitt Peak (2007) and the most severe at Mt Stromlo near Canberra in Australia. The Stromlo observatory was destroyed in January 2003 and reopened in the summer of 2007...
During the fires of last weekend, everybody was evacuated from Siding Spring and temperatures in the cooled domes rose to 20° Celsius!
Hope everybody is safe!


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

I was at Siding Springs in November. So glad to see that no significant damage was done to the complex and all the personnel are safe. The fire safety signs you see on the road rate the fire risk from clear to catastrophic with a survive! notation. They take the risk seriously.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:52 AM



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