Baie Ste. Marie Observatory

St. Bernard, NS
28-Feb-2015, 02:49 AST
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Image of the day

A random astrophotograph from Baie Ste. Marie Observatory
M42, the Great orion Nebula
20-Dec-2011

About Baie Ste. Marie Observatory

Baie Ste. Marie Observatory is a private amateur observatory located in St. Bernard, NS. Its primary purpose is for me to have fun taking pictures of the night sky.

My goal in planning the observatory was to have a modest, but state-of-the-art permanent setup for astrophotography, with a pier-mounted telescope under an automated dome. My objective was to be able to take advantage of favourable weather on a moment's notice, preferably without leaving the house. Reaching that goal is taking a bit longer than I had hoped, but I am close to it, and progress is ongoing. The entire operation, from startup, through imaging, to shut down will eventually be controlled at the click of a mouse.

I started construction of the observatory on the 8th of July, 2013. Construction was completed and first light achieved on the 27th of September, 2013. Currently (early 2015), I am in the process of redesigning the dome's automatic systems to provide better reliability. I hope to have that system installed and operational by summer of 2015.

Observatory

Current view of Baie Ste. Marie Observatory
Current view of Baie Ste. Marie Observatory

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