Update of New Construction: Completed July 2019
As of November 1, 2018 signed permits were issued and construction began on November 2, 2018. This construction project included two large 30 x 40 foot multi-telescope observatories and one private 10 x 12 foot observatory at SRO. The two large observatories were completed in July of 2019. The new private observatory was recently issues permits and will commence. The larger observatories house 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 recently placed an on-site machine shop. In the future we will be adding a Warm Room to the observatory. This structure will have a working area, small kitchen and restroom.
As part of our continued commitment to infrastructure improvement we will also be adding a back-up generator on-site. Currently our clients and all SRO systems have UPS battery backup, however, in the unlikely event of a sustained power black-out, SRO will be installing a propane generator back-up power supply, 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.
May 9, 2019: Painting of the observatories underway. The south wall will be painted with a special highly reflective paint which will significantly decrease heat absorbance. This will help decrease the mirror cool-down times in the summer months by decreasing the daytime heat load sustained by the observatory.