Private Residence – Fort Davis, Texas
5-Meter Observa-Dome With Matching Cylindrical Base, October 2016
Magdalena Ridge Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico
On October 26, 2006, New Mexico Tech held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for this new 40.375-foot Observa-Dome, which houses a 2.4-meter telescope. This facility sits atop the 10,600-foot-high ridgeline in the Magdalena Mountains west of Socorro.
Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory, Gilbert, AZ
Installed in June 2006, this 5-meter Observa-Dome houses a 16″ Meade LX200R atop a paramount ME mount powered by the SKY Professional software.
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California
Observa-Dome is proud of both an 8-meter and a 45.375-foot diameter observatory system. They house Chabot’s historic 8″ and 20″ refracting telescopes. The grand opening for the new 86,000-square-foot facility occurred on August 19, 2000. Observa-Dome is very proud to have been chosen as the Observatory Dome supplier for this new and innovative facility.
Starfire Optical Range, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rocketdyne Technical Services contracted with Observa-Dome Laboratories, Inc. to construct a 30.375-foot Observa-Dome for use at the Air Force Research Laboratory Starfire Optical Range located on the southern edge of Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The dome houses a 1.5-meter Contraves telescope. The installation of this dome was completed in June 1999.
In addition to the 1.5-meter telescope, the Starfire Optical Range also houses a 3.5-meter telescope (one of the largest telescopes in the world equipped with adaptive optics designed for satellite tracking) and a 1.0-meter beam director.
Italian Space Agency, Matera, Italy
In May 1999, Observa-Dome Laboratories, Inc. installed a 30.375′ observatory dome for the Matera Laser Ranging Observatory. This state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station was installed at the Centro di Geodesia Spaziale of Matera, approximately 20 km north of the Ionian Sea.
The dome design was modified, adding 72″ to the existing cylindrical section of the rotating dome, allowing for lower viewing.