Chumack Observatories, Yellow Springs Research Station
I constructed my Observatories at this site in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
After 20 years of lugging my equipment around, and wasting precious
time setting up, I decided to find a permanent darker sky location not far
from home but out of most of the ambient light of the cities.
The Chumack Observatories, Yellow Springs Research Station started as a two month construction project in May of 2002. As time allowed I would do a little work every week night or Free weekend.
The homemade 10
ft. Dome & Dome track was the most difficult part to construct, a real pain at times, but now works perfectly, currently the Installation of the instruments are
The Plan was to house my Original First Homemade 16" F4.5 Newt. Telescope, as well as to provide
shelter for two other smaller automated systems.
The main Dome houses my 16" Newtonian which will be used for my
The Smaller Domes and roll off buildings are the Automated Search Telescopes, One 8" for Variable Star/Nova searches,
The other a 12" for Supernovae Searches.
The Remote telescopes are controlled from inside the Observatory's main control room.
My 16" F4.5 Newtonian is Fully operational and Voice controlled, Using Bartels goto system
and Automation Software suite by Software Bisque. Thanks to Tom & The Bisque brothers for customizing the software for my specific needs, their software can do just about anything for you and remotely as well!
This construction was supposed to only take two month, well over two years later, here we are!
Although it was a great geometric learning experience, I probably would not tackle another Dome
Next Time I'll just buy a prefabbed Homedome,
Explora-Dome, or SkyShed POD! It would have been done in a weekend, and a heck of a lot less work!
You can see from the photos that I use all the manufactured domes