Starlight Cascade Observatory
Page Created: 2003 September 03
Page Last Updated: 2007 June 23
Latitude: 44.22.39 North Longitude: 76.45.47 West Elevation: 155m
This is our home built roll-off roof design observatory.
It was built in the fall of 2003
and consists of an 8x10' deck with an 8x10' garden shed on top of it.
The roof was redesigned to detach from the shed and the roll-off track was built.
Since then, it has had
many modifications, many after
the doors blown in from
Hurricane Isabel (2003 September 20th) and
the roof has blown off in a
severe thunderstorm (2003 October 11).
We use it for
daily Solar Observing nighttime observing of variable stars, planets, deep
sky objects, satellite and more!
(sometimes offline and bad sensor data due to failing components)
Initial Observatory Construction Fall 2003
Observatory modifications (Winter 2003 to present)
All sky camera
Sky Quality Meter for quantifying the sky glow and light pollution
2006 August - Added foil insulation to roof to stop condensation and dripping. This has worked extremely well in the last year!
2006 June - Added new low light allsky camera on post under dome
Moved old weather station sensors to post
Moved webcam from looking up to looking east
2005 August - Removed lolight supercircuits camera and installed webcam looking up
Removed lo light camera and replaced with webcam
2005 July - Added decorative star
using looking down allsky lolight supercircuits camera
Taped up leaking roof seams
2005 March - Added allsky camera post
2005 February - Added inside blue styrofoam to stop wind from blowing in seams
2004 August - Added three 18" square level pads for dobsonian platforms
2004 July - Before adding the allsky cam post