Riverside Astronomical Society maintains the Goat Mountain Astronomical Research Station in the high mountain desert of Southern California.  This location is relatively dark 13 miles away from city lights, and has many clear nights during the year for astrophotography.  The summer days can be hot, hot, hot and the nights in the winter can be cold, cold, cold.  For that reason, I decided to design and build an observatory with a separate control room I could air condition for comfort while imaging as well as sleep during the daytime.

Like most astronomy projects, there is a lot of tinkering to make things better or get things right.  This observatory had a restriction, by county ordinance for out buildings, of 10 x 12 feet.  I wanted a workbench for tinkering, a desk for the computer, space for amenities like refrigerator and microwave, as well as a bed.  And don’t forget about space for the largest telescope, pier and mount that was usable in this location.  The purpose of this web site is to share my journey, frustrations, successes, evaluation of gear I’ve acquired, replaced, experiences with customer service, etc. 

A Unique Design

To some it may be just a shack, but to me it is a place of solitude in the Mojave Desert for astrophotography.