Fort Smith Star Park and Observatory
Fort Smith, NWT (Canada)
Members of TAWBAS are currently completing the development and construction of the Fort Smith Star Park located near the Fort Smith airport. The Park ameinities will include a roll-off roof observatory, reclined viewing benches and a photography pad.
Construction of the Observatory is progressing well and it is likely that it may be partially operational by late November 2016. Installation of the other Star Park site amenities (reclined bench seating and photography pad) will take place in the spring of 2017.
You can find pictures of the observatory in various stages of its construction on the TAWBAS FaceBook group page.
If you would like to become involved (volunteer) we are looking for assistance with general construction, trades, land scaping and other tasks required for site development.
TAWBAS is entertaining offers of sponsorship of this project as well as sources of funding to assist with the ongoing operation and maintenance of the Fort Smith Star Park and Observatory..
For more Information contact Mike Couvrette at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-867-872-0243
Roll-Off Roof Observatory
The Roll-Off Roof Observatory building is 12' wide by 28' long and is divided into 2 areas. The Observing Area is 12' by 16' and has two (2) telescope piers, the walls are roughly 6' high providing excellent viewing of most of the sky. There is also a 12' by 12' control and warming room.
The primary telescope we will have for observing is our Celestron CGEM-DX 1100 HD (11" Schmidt-Cassegrain). Our secondary scope is a Sky-Watcher Black Diamond ED80-OTA (apochromatic refractor). Both scope are fully accessorized including Orion Auto-Guiders for astro-photogrpahy applications.
Note that the Observatory is not currently operational and we do not keep any equipment at the Observatory.