Welcome to STARLIGHT BASIN OBSERVATORY
Starlight Basin Observatory is my home observatory in Paradise, UT.
It is the descendant of my first observatory Starwood
Observatory, which I had built in Lemont, Pennsylvania during my years
at Penn State. When we moved to Utah, I sadly had to leave Starwood
Observatory behind, and vowed to build a new one once we were settled.
The plans for the new observatory were complicated by several factors:
I'm finally converging on a design, and these pages will document the
facility. Initially it will house my (current) primary observing
instrument, a homebuilt 12.5" f/4.8 Dobsonian named Equinox.
- We have 1.4 acres in Paradise, so I can build any size
observatory I can successfully get permitted (the permitting process is
multi-level and onerous compared to PA, but I'm dealing with it).
- I have supremely dark skies (I estimate mag 5.60 at zenith),
which means I will soon have a much larger telescope.
- My horizons are relatively free of obstruction (unlike the
treeline I had in Pennsylvania), so I want all direction horizon
access, even with a Dobsonian, which makes designs hard!
The links below will outline the construction and features of the
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