The restoration project has been, and is being
carried out by myself and my two local collegues Pete
Lawrence and Mark Parrish, both of whom live in Selsey,
very near to Patrick Moore. We started work in February
2005 and have just recently (March 2nd) re-fitted the
mirror after it has been re-aluminised.
The project will be in two stages. The first stage
has been to make the telescope ready in time for a
star-party in mid-March 2005, when the BBC "Sky at
Night" cameras will be filming. The second stage
will be a complete dismantling and full restoration
I have used this telescope on
numerous occasions over the years, but had not seen it
since the early 1980's. I remember that it performed
superbly in those days and provided me with the best
views I have ever enjoyed through any telescope.
Below is as picture of the
telescope in its observatory, in the initial state
before any work.
Click on any of the
images below to see a larger version