After probably a year and half of zero activity here we’re finally beginning what is probably the last iteration of equipment at the “Talavera Space Hut”, the first observatory I built when we moved out to Southern New Mexico. Here is a link to it. It’s located right outside my house here in Las Cruces at the foot of the Organ Mountains. I started imaging here in 2014 and did get some nice results. After all we are in the High Desert and seeing is often excellent. Unfortunately the town is steadily growing along with light pollution. There are no light restrictions in the town. We are about 10 miles east so it’s not bad especially looking North and East but since the construction of Orion’s Belt Observatory up in Mayhill in 2016, I no longer needed this facility for deep space imaging work. However with my interest in spectroscopy and planetary imaging, this was the logical choice to take that over. I sold my Astrotech 12 RC to a friend up in Mayhill and bought a used C-14, perfect for high res spectroscopy and planetary imaging! I still have my old trusty Paramount ME which I was happy to see is still operating just fine! So I dusted everything off, cleaned out all the spiders and bugs and started up the equipment, beginning the preliminaries, collimation, pointing models etc and started the new journey! Just in time for the “Mars show” at the end of this month!
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