Putting Your Contributions
- MLOA has raised money for design work for the
- Contributions from the MLOA purchased new beds
and linens for the student dormatory rooms at the Observatory so that students
can get a good morning's sleep after observing all night prior to driving back
- Contributions from the MLOA purchased new
accessories for the Observatory galley.
- MLOA supplemented the generous donation by
Reginald Buller, our first president, to install the 21-inch Buller Telescope
- MLOA helped equip and furnish the Harrington
Visitor Center and Observatory Museum.
- Your recent contributions have resulted in the
purchase of a new computer for the Harrington Visitor Center Museum. This new
PC replaced our current outdated machine and allows us to display images taken
at MLO along with astronomically oriented demos and displays. This new PC also
works with a recently acquired converter to project these displays and images
through the big screen projector in the lecture hall.
- The American Astronomical Society recently held
its 192nd Annual
Meeting here in San Diego. SDSU hosted this meeting at the Town and
Country Hotel. The MLOA was one of the members of the Local Organizing
Committee, and contributed the funds necessary to invite two guest
speakers: Dr. Geoffrey Burbidge from UCSD spoke on the Steady State
Theory of Cosmology, and Marc Abrams, editor of the Annals of Improbable
Research (AIR). Both talks were entertaining and a great
- Generous contributions by the MLOA has provided
one third the cost of a new aluminizing chamber for the Observatory.
This new chamber will allow re-aluminization of all of the mirrors currently
being used by the four telescopes at the Observatory. Previously, the
telescope mirrors had to be shipped out of state to be re-aluminized at great
cost and risk of damage. Now, thanks to the contributions by the MLOA
and its members, re-aluminizing can be done here at Mount Laguna Observatory.
to view the chamber.
- The Board of Advisors approved the
establishment of an annual $500 scholarship for sophomore astronomy
majors. Students receiving the scholarship will be selected primarily on
the basis of academic performance in their freshman year. It is hoped
that the new scholarship will help and encourage lower division students
through the very rigorous first years of astronomy, physics, and calculus