Just as we thought we had completed all the restoration work on the Charterhouse Telescope, and had started booking in groups to raise funds, we hit a snag....
This is the mechanism which opens and closes the observatory roof. The steel cable which runs over the back of the dome to open the door snapped after a user failed to observe the "opening & closing instructions" just above said winch.
The dome door was closed at the time, which means that we cannot open it. It also means that the extremely heavy dome door dropped forward, leaving a rather large gap, right above where the telescope mount sits.
We managed to prop the door back up, just enough to close the gap in the roof, but on further investigation, it was decided that it was not viable to repair the current system. The pair of winches that operate the opening and closing are old and starting to wear out, so even though this is a frustrating set back it has given us the opportunity to do two things;