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"The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment."
- Johannes Kepler

Proposed ASLC Observatory at Leasburg Dam State Park (Jerry Gaber and Rich Richins)

  
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ASLC's Observatory Project at Leasburg Dam State Park

 

In the early Spring of 2007, the NMSU astronomy department notified ASLC that an old Meade 16" LX200 was available if we could find it a good home. After some months of deliberating various proposals, the club voted to investigate the possibility of building an observatory housing the telescope at Leasburg Dam State Park.

The park is a popular camping get-away. Hiking, fishing, and birdwatching are also popular pasttimes at LDSP. The park is located about 15 miles north of Las Cruces. It's close enough for our community to easily utilize, and far enough from city lights to give great views of the night sky.

 
 

The ASLC/LDSP Observatory

Our New Observatory

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The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on April 20, 2013

 

After various reviews by the Park and State, a roll-off observatory was constructed at the park. In addition to the LX200, a 110mm refractor equipped with a Mallincamp video camera was installed to display real time images of objects currently being viewed through the 16" scope. Public viewings occur most months on the Saturday evening closest to the third quarter Moon.

The park often invites local musicians to play in the early evening followed by dark sky observing. Club members may use the facility for a nominal fee.

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The dark skies make the LDSP/ASLC Observatory an ideal location for astroimaging. The horsehead nebula image shown to the right was recently acquired at the park.

 

 

 

Last Update 28Jan2014

Horsehead Nebula