When finished, this 15' domed observatory will house a Celestron 14" telescope for night time viewing and an 80mm solar telescope for daytime viewing.
The pictures below show the progress of the observatory. New photos will be added until the project is completed.
Finally! The excavation begins!
Preparing the footers.
Building the walls for pouring concrete.
Rebar! Enough to land a helicopter.
The walls and footers have been poured.
The pouring of the pad.
The wall that holds the dome in place has been poured.
Installing the dome on a typical British day.
Beginning the masonry work.
The crew continues to add the brick work.
The masonry work is nearing completion.
Ten piers are being added to install steel fencing and a gate.
The piers have been completed and capped with sandstone.
Excavating the hillside behind the observatory.
Carrying concrete for the sidewalk connection.
Pouring and finishing the observatory sidewalk.
Installing the security fencing.
The Celestron 14" telescope installed in the observatory.
Skip Bird and Gary Hand from “Hands On Optic” did the installation of the telescope.
Photos from the Natelli Observatory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The ribbon around the Natelli Observatory
Jeffery Grills speaking at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony
Mark Bowman speaking at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony
Jeffery Grills, Mark Bowman, Dr. Theresa Alban, Trudy Natelli, Karen Natelli, and Tom Natelli at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony
Tom Natelli, Trudy Natelli, Karen Natelli, and Michael Natelli at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony
Guests in line to view the Natelli Observatory
Showing off the Celestron HGP Pro Telescope