Our friend and supporter of the first hour Gerhard Wirths passed away on April 27. He was one of the first to get involved after the presentation of the project plans for the observatory and to become active for its goals. So “Primchen” was immediately at the start when we announced at an event of the trade and industry association Waldbröl that a 6m dome in the Bavarian forest was ready for us. With a small troop of like-minded people he set off for the Geodetic Institute in Wettzell (“We solve problems!”). The dome was completely dismantled in a two-day action and transported to Waldbröl. This action was the first step towards the real realization of the observatory. That he now misses our inauguration saddens us very much. But his laughter and his relaxed humor will continue to accompany the observatory.