The SLL Observatory continues to grow as we complete and take on projects (see our projects page for more information).
Currently, the site has one 10' electrically driven dome and one 12' dome. There are six insulated buildings on site: 2 bunk houses (with air conditioner units and refrigerators), 1 classroom, 1 storage building and 2 bathrooms. The doublewide trailer on site has electricity, air conditioning and running water. The SLL Observatory has purchased a 12" Meade LX200 with onboard computer and CCD camera equipment. Telescopes received by donation include a 12" Newtonian, a 19" Dobsonian, a 5" refractor, and five 10" Dobsonian scopes with Intelliscope (great for group programs). The Meade is housed in the electrically driven 10'6" dome, while the Newtonian is mainly brought out for display and use on the amateur's observing pad. The 19" Dobsonian and the refractor are both under repair.
The domes rest on a length of reinforced concrete (positioned E - W) with electrical outlets providing power for inside and outside of the domes. The 10'6" dome (Ash Dome) pictured to the left in the photo below has an isolated pier, to which the Meade is mounted for polar alignment. The dome to the right is an Observadome, donated to SLL.