Housed in the observatory dome is a 24-inch (f/4.8)
Newtonian reflector telescope.
was built by Steven Swayze of Portland. The tube sections are made
from laminated hardwood and are connected by square-section aluminum
The 500-pound tube assembly rests in a
Dobsonian-style mount riding on Teflon "O" pads which allows full
movement with just hand pressure.
The mount sits on a motor-driven, nested-cone
equatorial table which allows tracking of objects for up to 45
minutes without adjustment.
The equatorial table was designed and fabricated
by the Danziger Telescope Group in Santa Fe, Texas.
Mounted on the main telescope and (more or
less) aligned with it, is a 6" refractor. The refractor often gives us our
sharpest images of bright objects such as planets and binary stars.
A telrad finder is used for locating the
general location of an object and guiding the main telescope to the