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Old 08-12-2010, 03:00 PM
Martin Pugh
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Canberra, Australia
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Northern Hemisphere Remote Observatory Opportunity


Hello all
One of the core reasons I took this job in the U.S was the opportunity to set up a remote observatory before returning to Australia.

Well, its finally happened. I have been on the list for Sierra Remote Observatories (http://sierra-remote.com) since 2008 and it now has the go ahead for its expansion and construction will begin in Spring 2011 and be operational by the Summer of 2011.


This is a pristine site sub-arc-second seeing is the norm and a very high number of clear skies. Its not as dark apparently as NMS, but its seeing is better - just take a look at the gallery on the SRO website.


I am looking for a serious partner and my very initial thoughts is to do this on a 12-month trial basis to see how it goes. That gives us both the opportunity to bail out for whatever reason. I will also happily consider a 3-way split, myself and two others.

I will place the following kit up there. Paramount ME, 12.5 RCOS, Precision Instrument Rotator, OAG, SBIG STL11K with CFW8-L, (Don Goldman GenII LRGB filters plus 5nmHa,5nmSII, 3nmOIII, 5nmNII) integrated with an AO-L. I am still thinking about putting the FSQ on top with an ST8300, 5 position FW, OAG and Lodestar. I will make the drive out to Sierra Nevada next year to set to work.

If you want to join me in this really exciting opportunity, then please PM me for the remainder of the details.

cheers
Martin
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