Astronomy & Brophy Observatory

Brophy Observatory

Astronomy & Brophy Observatory

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The Brophy Observatory was built in 2000 using an Ash-Dome atop a 32' Silo. A 14" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain Optical System sits on a 4' steel pier. The pier is anchored on a 40' high concrete cinder block pier that sits on bedrock. The concrete pier is entirely independent of the Silo and attached building to completely eliminate any vibrations from the barn structure to resonate with the optical system The 4' x 4' cinder block pier contains a number of chambers. Some are filled with concrete and T-bars, while others are filled with sand to absorb any ambient vibrations in the concrete pier. The concrete pier weighs more than 5 tons and is anchored on bed rock.

The Observatory uses Bisque Sky software running under Windows XP, as well as SBIG CCD cameras and other tools.

The Observatory computers and cameras can be accessed remotely from just about anywhere in the world.

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