I want to say thanks to the many Astro-Friends who made the observatory possible. Most especially Marc Aragnou who did much of the heavy lifting, and bolting things together in the freezing cold and pouring rain, several weekends in a row, and to my co-pilot and photographer Trish Butrej who always wanted to be an engineer and who crash tested most of my ideas while they were still on paper. Also Fred Vanderhaven who kept raising the bar higher and higher, Mark Trudgett, Michael Samerski, and Monte WIlson who got me into all this trouble in the first place.
The dam is to provide coolant for the lawn-mowers. We currently have 6 cows and 10 horses.