SON: Sites

 

Chile San Pedro
SPACE means "San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations". It started in September in 2003, and has kept progressing. Our main activity is our star tours, which have already received more than 25000 participants. We now offer a complete solution for people who just want an introduction to the night sky, to the professional institution who wants us to take care of their research telescope.   Atacama Lodge   Atacama Lodge is located a few kilometers south of San Pedro de Atacama, in the Chilean Andes, very close to the triple custom point between Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. It is the ideal place to enjoy the Atacama desert, far from the noise of San Pedro.   The Searchlight Observatory Network is currently building an All Sky Survey Telescope in conjuction with Alain Maury of SpaceObs. This telescope is intended to serve as both a planetary transit and minor planet survey intrument. The All Sky Survey Telescope has 8 x 200mm Canon wide angle lenses each with a Finger Lakes Instruments camera.

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Rancho Hidalgo
Rancho Hidalgo, close to Animas, New Mexico USA. A 1 meter class telescope is being installed within a roll-off roof observatory.  The building is complete and the plinth has been installed. A new fork is being constructed which will accept the existing 1M F8/F14 Optical Tube Assembly. The ! meter telescope is expected to be in service middle of 2012. It is The site will also be equipped with an allSky in a 4 meter clamshell.

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The Observatorio de Sierra Contraviesa is located in the Granada half of the Alpurarras. Under construction to accept a .5m telescope, 4 meter clamshell on a Paramount. The name Sierra Contraviesa means "the mountain range you have to traverse" either to get to the sea (south) or to get to the main valley (north). The mountain range to the north is the Sierra Nevada, where the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada is located. The OSC is on a hill top, altitude 4,450 feet (1330).  The observatory is based on a 50 acre farm owned by Tony & Ros Angel. Tony is a valued partner of SON and remains an active amateur astronomer, interested in asteroids and dwarfplanets - where ever they are, comets, solarsuper novae, the Sun and is currently getting up to speed on exoplanets. Tony is an FRAS, member of the BAA, the Webb Deep Sky Society and the Croydon Astronomical Society.

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spain@son-email.net

Haleakala Observatory
Because of the remarkable clarity, dryness, and stillness of the air, and its location above one-third of Earth’s atmosphere, as well as the limited light pollution, the summit of Haleakala is one of the most sought-after locations in the world for ground-based telescopes. As a result of the geographic importance of this observational platform, experts come from all over the world to take part in research at "Haleakala Observatory", an astrophysical complex operated by the University of Hawaii, United States Air Force, LCOGT, and others.

Some of the telescopes operated by the Air Force are involved in researching man-made (spacecraft, monitoring satellites, rockets, and laser technology, etc.) rather than celestial objects. The program is in collaboration with defense contractors located in the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.

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Bisdee Tier
The observatory is located on Bisdee Tier, east of the Midland Highway at Spring Hill in Tasmania. The peak at Bisdee Tier has been selected by UTAS team under the direction of Dr John Greenhill and is one of the best sites in the Tasmania in relation to average cloud cover, quality of astronomical seeing, light pollution and accessibility. The observatory building will has a rotatable dome housing the new 1.3m telescope and associated spectrograph, computer and control rooms. A second building will serve as quarters for observers and provide facilities for students, researchers and visitors.

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Erpingham Reepham
SON have two UK observatory sites, both in North Norfolk. Reepham Observatory is located in Reepham High School in North Norfolk. The main instrument is a 30inch telescope in a 20foot dome. The observatory also hosts a robotic 10inch telescope in a robodome. The site was built by the Norfolk Astronomers, which as since evolved into Searchlight Observatory Network.  The 30inch and the 10inch telescopes are managed by SON in partnership with the Reepham High School. The observatory is used by pupils who want to study for a GCSE in astronomy. The Erpingham site known as the Grange Observatory is the main operations center for the global network we also have our UK workshops are located at  Erpingham, the home of the 32 inch and the AllSky Manufacturing. The Grange has 4 meter clamshell with a robotic C14 on a Paramount, and a 24inch Alt/Az in a roll-off roof observatory.   The Grange is used to test our telescope designs. The 'Test rig' for the allAky is also on site, which can be equipped with two 11inch telescopes and 2 6 inch guide stages.

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Urumqi

 

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San Pedro Martir

 

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Agri

 

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