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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:
Train 1: astrometry including speckle down to 0.5"; Bispectrum if software works - note no guiding requirement is expected but good pointing is required:
Train 2: photometry for exoplanets and other future student projects
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.