Robin a good suggestion. Some access to the southern skies would be useful as would be these use of a spectroscope. The underlying question would be how much finance would be available to purchase suitable equipment that could be hosted at existing rental sites. The telescope could be set up and maintained by the site hosting staff. After set up there would be fees for maintaining the equipment. When not in use the equipment could be “rented out” to bring in additional income. The purchase of equipment could possibly be supported by gifts, discount and advertising by equipment suppliers. Discounts could be given to members wishing to use the telescope for non-research or approved imaging.
I’m sure there would be useful input for the general idea amongst the membership.