Update of New Construction
As of November 1, 2018 signed permits were issued and construction began on November 2, 2018. This construction project includes two large 30 x 40 foot multi-telescope observatories and one private 10 x 12 foot observatory at SRO. The larger observatories will each house about 12 telescopes (including larger aperture telescopes, such as the Planewave CDK 700 or 24" RC telescopes on equatorial mounts). Contact us at Info@SROservice.com for questions or availability. Also contact us if you wish to place a larger one meter class telescope, for which a dome or roll-off roof observatory can be constructed.
In addition we will soon begin construction of a machine shop with a large telescope work area and restroom. We will also begin work on a dedicated warm room with bunk beds, work area and a small kitchen. These important additions will be constructed as the large observatories are completed.
As part of our continued commitment to infrastructure improvement we are planning to add generator backup to the site. Currently our clients and all SRO systems have battery backup, however, in the unlikely event of a sustained power black-out, SRO will be installing a propane or diesel back-up power supply in the next few months. We understand the importance of keeping power available so that our clients can continue with uninterrupted data collection, even during these rare events.
These additions will help bring SRO to the standards we envisioned when we first founded the observatory in 2006.
Our Site Plan:
As construction progresses we will insert images periodically.
November 18, 2018: First steel studs being placed via crane. The final structure will be 30 x 40 foot and steel has greatly added to its structural integrity. Note that we are pouring individual foundation piers which will support a wood floor, and not a single solid concrete slab. This decreases night time release of heat, which in turn helps preserve the local seeing conditions.
April 2, 2019: Roof and walls completed. Electrical being run and ethernet to follow. Project is on track for completion late Spring or early Summer. Power lines currently overhead of buildings 11 and 12 will be moved by PG&E next week. A few tree's in filed of view of the buildings will be removed as well. This will result in unobstructed views to better than 20 degrees.