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#1 Russell Smith

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:20 PM

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 07:55 PM

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These telescopes on Mt. Wilson are the instruments that were used to discover the universe.

They are doing everything possible but it's a wicked fire.

 

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 09:11 PM

Here is a local news report. The last time I was up there near the telescopes I would say there was a lot of bare land. Unlike wild areas nearby the areas near the various telescopes have less continuous trees and less build-up of undergrowth. A lot or patches where there is no vegetation. This doesn't mean it the telescopes are safe from danger, but hopefully less danger.

 

https://www.nbclosan...t-fire/2428412/


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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:29 PM

She is going to be fine. If it comes close I'll bet 3\4 of the Armature  telescope owners will be up there digging a wire wall! 

If I were up there I'd be the FIRST to volunteer.!!!!!

When she was installed, that beautiful scope, was one of the greatest accomplishments made by mankind!

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:20 AM

As of 8AM EDT today: https://abc7.com/mou...or-now/6425462/


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:42 AM

She is going to be fine. If it comes close I'll bet 3\4 of the Armature  telescope owners will be up there digging a wire wall! 

If I were up there I'd be the FIRST to volunteer.!!!!!

When she was installed, that beautiful scope, was one of the greatest accomplishments made by mankind!

Du

What’s the Armature telescope?


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:49 AM

See the observatory website at https://www.mtwilson.edu/ for current information including pictures from a camera at the site.  I don't know if it is still on the website, but there used to be an area that had a day by day story and pictures of the last big fire near the site a few years ago.  The observatory has a good plan and preparations for dealing with fires.

 

I do hope all goes well with the site.  I spent many nights on the 24-inch there about 50 years ago.



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:26 AM

What’s the Armature telescope?

One that has a lot of wire windings!


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 03:31 PM

Last night's news was good, but most of today's reports aren't any different then yesterday. 

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Details on the observatory is 6 paragraphs down:

 

https://www.latimes....le-at-mt-wilson



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 05:29 PM

This is like deja vu all over again, Mt. Wilson was threatened by the Station fire in 2009.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 08:35 AM

This is like deja vu all over again.

 

You can say that again. After living five years in LA and dodging fires, my older daughter sold her home in north Pasadena this spring and moved back to her home in Portland, Oregon last month!



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Posted 19 September 2020 - 11:55 AM

https://mtwilson.z2s...602vVbSklK0a0KU


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Posted 20 September 2020 - 09:46 PM

Past three days have seen both wildfires and 'controlled' back fires threaten the observatory grounds. Must be nerve-wracking for Sam Hale and observatory personel to watch each day.

 

http://hpwren.ucsd.e...n-n-mobo-c.html

 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 10:16 PM

And tonight...

 

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 10:34 PM

And tonight...

really close for comfort.



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Posted 20 September 2020 - 10:50 PM

My daughter, who lives near Pasadena, sent a picture tonight of a new smoke cloud rising over the mountains, and I wondered if it was close to Mt. Wilson. 
 

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Posted 21 September 2020 - 10:08 AM

"The observatories have been declared safe."

https://www.nytimes....hern California.

 

Robert


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Posted 21 September 2020 - 05:11 PM

Last night video...http://c1.hpwren.ucs...0920/MP4/Q7.mp4



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Posted 21 September 2020 - 10:38 PM

Medieval text I read in university said for people not to build in forests or near large stands of trees.  Good advice, not heeded by "back to nature" types these days.  Much like building housings on storm-active coastlines.  They said (though it didn't look like it) that Mt. Wilson was in a large clearing and had a 300,000 gallon water supply to fight fires with.


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 12:42 AM

My daughter, who lives near Pasadena, sent a picture tonight of a new smoke cloud rising over the mountains, and I wondered if it was close to Mt. Wilson. 
 

Chip W.

On Sept 20 the Bobcat fire had burned roughty 100,000 acres or 156 square miles. Large fires like this have "hot spots," long lines of a moving "front and a lot of that area would have already been burned up.

But, if you can post a copy of the picture there are fair number of us who live in the area and can give you an educated guess if it was near Mt. Wilson.



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Posted 24 September 2020 - 12:52 AM

Back on the 16th the LA Times and others reported that the fire had come closer than 500 ft. of the observatory.




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