Our BARO observatory is located at the San Diego Astronomy Association remote site 70 miles east of San Diego at Tierra Del Sol (TDS). It is remotely operated over the internet and not suited for personal observations. The new BARO is under construction in 2016 and this page highlights a few milestones in its development. 


During 2016 the observatory was planned and built. Here are a few pictures from beginning to completion of the building. 


As currently planned, the observatory will have two independent telescopes. In the fallof 2016 a Celestron C11 will become operational with these two optical trains:

Boyce-Astro Research Observatory (BARO)

Train 1: astrometry including speckle down to 0.5"; Bispectrum if software works - note no guiding requirement is expected but good pointing is required:

  • flip mirror - custom piece that's ASCOM compliant to be controlled by ACP
  • robotic focuser - the Meade we have - to be controlled by MaximDL
  • robotic filter wheel - 5 filter max to be purchased for Bispectrum - to be controlled by MaximDL - can wait depending on the software
  • ASI 1600 - purchased - on waiting list to arrive by 9/1 - to be controlled by MaximDL - use with an R filter until the Bispectrum software is confirmed


Train 2: photometry for exoplanets and other future student projects

  • flip mirror - custom piece that's ASCOM compliant to be controlled by ACP
  • Optec robotic focuser - existing - to be controlled by MaximDL
  • QSI filter wheel - to be controlled by MaximDL
  • QSI 683 - existing - to be controlled by MaximDL
  • Lodestar - existing - for autoguiding - to be controlled by MaximDL? 


The C11 is to have the 50mm Orion guide scope mounted with the ASI 224 to act as a finder and pointer especially for Train 1. How this fits into the ACP control operation at all is not known now. First priority is to have Train 2 operational under ACP. 

The second telescope for BARO is a 0.5m f/11 CDK from Hubble Optics. This custom and original telescope has been acquired from Orion Support Services in July, 2016. It will be installed at BARO in late 2016 with an advanced scientific instrumentation train. Click here for some photos of the telescope.