DDO Re-Opening Wrap Up

No posts for a while because we were busier than expected with the planning for the Town of Richmond Hill’s David Dunlap Observatory  re-opening on Saturday June 9. It was a mad scramble after the two-week closure of the DDO facility for a movie/series shoot. Ylab members and volunteers were there with an info booth outside and...

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DDO Official Re-Opening Sat. June 9. Register for tours!

The DDO’s official re-opening has been announced for Saturday June 9 from 1 PM to 4 PM – but you need to register here if you want to tour the facilities and ylab’s space. Space is going fast! We are expecting a lot of people, and fire/safety code limits the number of people going into the building and the telescope dome. Parking...

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More progress settling in at the DDO

We’re settling in and things and getting back to as normal as normal gets for ylab. The laser cutter is back in operation and better than ever. We spent a lot of time calibrating, and the precision is better than it was when new. We are having to re-set some of the cutting settings for less power or time. It’s a maker space. What else...

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DDO Workshop: Respecting the heritage

Operating a maker space in the basement of the  David Dunlap Observatory means taking special care to respect the heritage and history of the facilities. We posted earlier about the incredible old workbench we cleaned out in the workshop. The new workbench overlay. Nothing short of a nuclear event can harm that vise. Without putting in...

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Laser cutter returns to the DDO

IT’S BACK! Our laser cutter. Back in its home sweet dome. On Wednesday night, the weather gods shone down on us and stopped the downpour just in time to get the our laser cutter loaded up at from the undisclosed location (a.k.a Richard’s garage). After we got it loaded. Because you really, really don’t want to see inside Richard’s...

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Radio non-silence. Background non-noise.

Ylab has run some amateur radio events and classes with our friends from the York Region Amateur Radio Club (YRARC). We like radio stuff because there’s a history of it at the DDO, and there’s some fascinating new activity and technology that’s clearly not your grandfather’s old ham rig. Some ylab members are also Scout leaders, and we’ve been helping...

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Much improvement and excitement at ylab and the DDO

It’s ylab’s first week back with the DDO now being run by the Town of Richmond Hill, and there are lots of improvements to our space and the entire facility. While progress appears slow, in the background, the Town’s staff are accomplishing great things. We mentioned a lot of clean-up in earlier posts. Invisible, but most apparent:...

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First night clean-up turns into archeological dig

Having a maker space in a historical building is so cool. After many months absence, our first night back at the DDO was dedicated to some clean-up. A new part of ylab is  the DDO’s basement workshop, so we decided to attack it first. Knows what these are, and can tell some parts are missing. Getting into some of the old tool cabinets...

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Ylab Update – Working on Summer Stuff

We have (hopefully temporarily) retrieved our laser cutter and some other gear from our lair at the DDO so we can use it over the summer. After we get re-calibrated and back in operation, we’ll be scheduling some get-togethers. It will take a couple of weeks as many of us are completing our own transitions – kids from school to camps,...

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Ylab Runs Amok at Richmond Green Library

Richmond Green Library held their maker event on Saturday afternoon, March 11, and might not have been prepared for the ylab mayhem. Other exhibitors might have been content with a display table. We kind of… expanded. Out of control. Hovercraft rides. They’re not just for kids. People coming in through the entrance rotunda for a quiet...

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