The Natelli Observatory

The Natelli Observatory has been constructed on the south side of the Earth and Space Science Lab. The observatory was funded by the Natelli Family and they are in charge of the construction.

This 15' domed observatory houses a Celestron 14" telescope for night time viewing and an 80mm solar telescope for daytime viewing.

The pictures below show the building of the observatory.  

Natelli Observatory (Digging) - June 19th, 2012

Finally! The excavation begins!
 
Natelli Observatory - June 20th, 2012 

Preparing the footers.

Natelli Observatory - June 27th, 2012  

Building the walls for pouring concrete.

Natelli Observatory - June 27th, 2012

Rebar! Enough to land a helicopter.

Natelli Observatory   

The walls and footers have been poured.

Natelli Observatory - July 2012

The pouring of the pad.

Natelli Observatory July 2012

The wall that holds the dome in place has been poured.

Working in the rain.

Installing the dome on a typical British day.

After the deluge!

Beginning the masonry work.

The crew continues to add the brick work.

Brick work being completed

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 finished product

Landscaping completed!

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

The ribbon around the Natelli Observatory

Jeffery Grills speaking at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony

Jeffery Grills speaking at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony

Mark Bowman 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, Tom Natelli 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

Tom Natelli, Trudy Natelli, Karen Natelli, and Michael Natelli at the Natelli Observatory ribbon cutting ceremony

Guests in line to view the Natelli Observatory

Guests in line to view the Natelli Observatory

Showing off the telescope

Showing off the Celestron HGP Pro Telescope