Snowy Plains Astrophysical Observatory in operation circa 2005

Every amateur astronomer dreams of one day owning their own observatory where they can leave their telescope set up and ready to go! In 2003 I realized my dream with a 10×10 roll off roof observatory.

Constructing the SPAO

With kids arriving tho, it wasn’t long before the observatory sat mostly idle, and eventually I sold off all of the equipment and put the shed into use as … well, a shed!

In 2019, with the kids old enough to be independent, I could once again start using my telescopes and bring the shed back into full operation. See below for what the observatory looked like then.

Resurrecting the SPAO

Sadly the building was too far gone and would need significant structural fixes to make it safe, so I decided to move instead to a Micro-observatory. Here’s some pages on that endeavor!

SPAO Replacement – Planning

SPAO Replacement – Demolition