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wizard The pictures below show how I built an observatory in my backyard for a minimum number of bucks. The results, using a Meade LX200 scope, are shown in the bottom group. wizard


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My 2 1/2 acres just after
I moved in.
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The estate today replete with pool and lots of other improvements.
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Another shot of the early days.
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LX200

Door shot
rafters
Rafters
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Tool

Tower

Top View

Sunshine

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Control

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Entrance

Electrical

Desk

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Saturn

Linear

NGC891

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NGC6960A

NGC6962A

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The Mice

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China Lake Astronomical Society Club Web Site Link

The China Lake Astronomical Society (CLAS) has it monthly meetings the first Monday of the month at the Maturango Museum at 100 East Los Flores Av. Ridgecrest Calif. There is a 10" Meade LX200 at the museum site. The other outreach star parties are on the Friday night dark of the moon. That site is on Brown road outside the city and for directions it is best to call one of the club officials Carroll Evans 760-375-5681 clevans@ridgenet.net Earl Wilson 760-876-5455 zearl.email@qmail.com Bruce Churchill 760-375-7247 bchurchill@atsecure.net Ted Hodgkinson 661-824-2738 ghodkinson@sbcglobal.net Roger Brower 760-375-1181 brower@iwvisp.com

CLAS also has numinous outreach programs at local mountain camp sites, Scouting clubs, churches, private clubs and public parks. They are always listed in our local news papers or call for information if you want a private lecture, star party and slide show.

My own Observatory, First Light Observatory of Inyokern Calif. has its open house on the Saturday following the CLAS Friday night star party so not to conflict. My observatory houses a 12" LX200 Meade fully computerized telescope with CCD cameras for deep space imagery For information call Jim Leonard 760-262-5999 jim93527@gmail.com

The local collage has three domed observatories with Meade telescopes and CLAS operates them for the school as well as public out reach programs. They are run mostly by CLAS member Chuck Morgan and collage staff.



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Site last updated June 14 2012