The Leon Mow Development Story

Presented by Chris Rudge, Astronomical Society of Victoria

This talk will document the story of the development of the Leon Mow Dark Sky Site talking about the building program which has ended up with a huge improvement in the facilities for the Astronomical Society of Victoria's members. What started out as a plan for some Atco huts for accommodation ended up as proper buildings, a large roll of roof Observatory, a 40-inch Dobsonian telescope and a radio telescope dish. There has been an up-grade of all the infrastructure as well. The official "First Light" for the 40-inch telescope will have taken place just before this talk is given. The opening will be carried out by Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel.

Bio: Chris Rudge is the Vice President, Director, Junior Section, past President and Honorary Life Member of the Astronomical Society of Victoria. He has always been interested in the Sciences, for most of my professional life, he was involved in Water Treatment Chemicals, their sale and application. This included the treatment of boilers, cooling towers and closed loop systems. He first became interested in astronomy as a hobby, during a holiday to Broome, where Greg Quicke, hosts astro-tours from a nearby dark sky site. The views were spectacular, and I was almost hooked. On return to Melbourne I found that the ASV was hosting an event on top of the Richmond IKEA to view Jupiter, this as well as a couple of visits to the monthly meetings showed that I had found an interest for my retirement. Ken LeMarquand runs the New Astronomer Group, which improved my basic astronomical knowledge, then a long time participation in Ross Berner’s Astrophysics & Cosmology section helped with the theoretical side of astronomy. A vacancy occurred for the Directorship of the Junior Section, which I filled, this brought me in to contact with the administrative side of the society. This led over time to the position of Vice President, Chair of the Future Planning Sub-committee, then President, before reverting back to Vice President, to give me the time to complete our building program.

Free - visitors welcome

Note that doors are locked at 8pm sharp.

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Wednesday 06 Mar 2019

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Kerr Grant Theatre 2nd Floor, Physics Building, University of Adelaide, North Tce



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