First Indoor Light
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 the team at Viavi Solutions (JDSU, Optical Coating Labs) led by Charles Kennemore put a coating of aluminum and their patented anti-reflection coatings on the 40-inch mirror for the VMOA Project 40 telescope, which will be installed at the Robert Ferguson Observatory at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park later this year. Project 40 team members Steve Follett and Mark Hillestad were present during the operation. Viavi Solutions donated the costs of preparing and applying the coating to this mirror which will be used by the public visitors to the Robert Ferguson Observatory as a community service. The new telescope will open to the public in early 2016.