Last updated 12/11/2018

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Mark Sproul's 15 ft Dome Observatory

EMail msproul@skychariot.com

Garage / Dome Construction Pictures



11/6/2015
Before Digging Started



Digging Started



11/8/2015
Foundation Frames



Note: Center footing is for the telescope pier. It is well below the other footings


Rocks Delivered



11/11/2015
Foundation for pier



Pouring Concrete in the pier



11/16/2015
Finished Pier



11/20/2015



11/27/2015
The Round Table



11/29/2015
Cutting Table setup for cutting the Ring segments



12/5/2015
Cut Pieces for the rings



12/12/2015
First Ring Done



12/13/2015
The Round Table

King Arthur must have been here :-)

12/14/2015
Walls started



12/15/2015



12/17/2015
Main support beams delivered



12/18/2015
Ceiling started



12/24/2015



12/31/2015



1/2/2016
Super Structure to cover the making of the dome



1/5/2016



5/18/2016
Main Spines installed



5/24/2016
Opening Door



6/5/2016
Opening Door

This is the door that slides over the opening

6/5/2016
Ribs - Some of the 22 ribs



7/3/2016
More Ribs



7/25/2016
Fish-Eye Lens View of the Dome



2/20/2017
Outside Panels Started



3/11/2017
More Panels Done



7/1/2017
Dome Door in place



2/4/2018
Outside Skin Finished!



3/11/2018
Gear for open/close of telescope door



5/23/2018
Super Structure removed
Ready for raising



5/24/2018
Dome at full height



Inside of Dome with door closed



First view outside of dome



Red LED Lights for night vision retention



6/8/2018
Installation of 500 pound Pedestal



6/9/2018
Pedestal and Mount in place



6/10/2018
14" Cassegrain Telescope Mounted



10/9/2018
14" Cassegrain Telescope Mounted
Walls Completed



Telescope Inventory

Telscope F-# Brand Source
Reflectors
8" Newtonian F8 Cave Astrola Tim Hayes
8" Newtonian F6 Cave Astrola Neaf 2016
10" Newtonian F6 Cave Astrola Cloudy Nights
12.5" Newtonian F6 Cave Astrola Stellafane 2016
14.5" RC-Cassegrain F13 Starliner Cloudy Nights 2016
16" Newtonian F4 Astroscopics EBay 1999
Refractors
3" Refractor F7.1 William Optics Stellafane 2017
4" Refractor F6.9 William Optics Stellafane 2018


11/24/2018
First image of moon



12/6/2018
First Image of stars
M45 - Pleiades (7 Sisters)


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