15:00 - Chapter 2
Building of the Dome - A large concrete pad was prepared at the Thomas Tool & Die Company in Sun Valley, CA to provide a level area on which to build the 28-foot dome for SRO. Members shown during this construction were Dave Thomas, John Terlep, Norm Bolz, Roy Ensign, John Sousa, Al Cram, and Chuck Buzzetti.
After the base ring was laid out and welded, Two primary arches, defining the opening for the slot, were then welded in place. The remaining secondary arches were added and many holes drilled for the attachment of aluminum sheathing.
After the dome was completed, it was sectioned into two halves which were each loaded onto 2 flat-bed trucks for hauling to the observatory site. The final stretch of mountain dirt road proved to be a nail-biter. The clearance between the dome halves and surrounding pine trees was, in one case, less than an inch! Branches had to be held back for the dome's passage to its new home.
Cranes lifted the pieces onto the observatory building and checked for proper operation on top of the dome base ring.
Meanwhile, back in George Carroll's garage, the telescope tube and drive system were nearing completion. Norm Bolz is shown finishing the fork mount arms.