04 March 2011 – Exciting news is here. We have received a major funding grant from the Eastern & Central Community Trust. This money now means we have enough for the solar/wind hybrid power system that will provide all our electrical needs. Also, we now have enough to finish the close in of the basic building and install the telescopes. There will still be work to do and money to raise for ongoing costs, but we are very close to having an operational observatory!
My personal thanks go to all those who have contributed to this project – we couldn’t do it without you.
All donations to the society of $5 or more are tax deductible and would be very gratefully received. Click here for a printable fund-raising poster.
The walls are now lined with coloursteel & the road and parking area have been laid with river metal.
Club president, Gary Sparks, shows details during the unveiling of the model for the Pukerangi Observatory. A dark-sky site to the west of Napier is being discussed for the construction of a roll-off roof building, housing three telescopes. Photo details: Canon 350D, ISO 400, 1/2 second exposure with a Sigma 18-200mm lens @ f-3.5. Image taken July 12th 2006