Now it’s time to start work on the reason for being here…the Observatory! (which I still need a name for). At the top of the property the observatory structure is now staked out. It is a 15.5 foot square roll off structure. We have hired Backyard Observatories (BYO) to do the building. They are well known in the area and have built several of these here and across the street at New Mexico Skies. (Also throughout the country!) I have done quite a bit of research on this and it does seem that people are generally happy with their product. However they only do the actual observatory and internal electrical. They don’t do the foundation, piers or electrical connection from your main dwelling. They are NOT a full service contractor in case you decide to go with them. Maybe you save some cost with that arrangement. I am not sure since I have never done this before. So this is going to be interesting. We have to come up with a foundation and electrical connection from the house. So far there doesn’t seem to be a lot of specifics regarding what they require. It took several emails to learn they need J-bolts in the cinder block to connect to their frame! They sent me a very rough generic drawing of the observatory which was kind of difficult to read for someone who is not in the building business. Anyway they are scheduled to come out in June. We have a cement guy to do the foundation and piers. He is the guy who did the foundation for the house so I think that should work out. It’s difficult in these remote areas to find people to do this stuff. The contractors who did the other observatories out here is completely booked until the end of the year! So it’s onward and upward!