Observatory in forest

Submitted by jimwcoleman

The Pacific Northwest is richly forested, and our property was no exception. When first building the observatory, I only had a tiny window of  opportunity where I could see some sky between large fir trees to the left and the right. Originally, the observatory faced this small clearing and I could only view objects passing through this one area of the sky - due south and just above the ecliptic plane.

Eventually, we had the property logged and my view opened substantially. 

This is what the observatory looked like in the very beginning...

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