Excavation for a foundation is underway and the observatory is expected to be at least partially operable in May of 2021:
The foundation will secure and support an Aphelion 7 ft clamshell dome purchased used from Antelope Hills Observatory in Bennett, Colorado.
Faculty and students in October, 2020 moving the dome to where it is presently stored awaiting a helicopter lift to the ridge:
The dome will protect the Natural Science Chair’s CFF 250mm f/8 Ritchey-Chrétien reflector:
The CFF RC250 is shouldered by a Software Bisque Paramount MYT:
Students will gain experience using a Stellarvue SVA130T f/7 triplet apochromat refractor:
The SVA130T is the predecessor of the Stellarvue SVX130T. For scientific and astrophotography uses, the SVA130T is paired with a Stellarvue SFFRR.72 Reducer/Flattener, resulting in an f/5 effective focal ratio.
The SVA130T rides on a Losmandy GM811G:
Field power for the telescopes and their associated electronics is provided by a Jackery Explorer 1000.