Quail Run Observatory

The Quail Run Observing Site is located in the beautiful Wagner Valley in Southern Oregon, between Ashland and Medford. Summer and Fall are hot and dry with fairly good skies, while Winters are a bit more problematic - lots of rain and clouds. There is significant light pollution to the North from Medford, but the other directions are still pretty dark. The elevation is approximately 2100 feet, above a lot of the valley dust and winter fog. One problem in the summer is smoke from the many nearby wildfires.

You might be wondering where the Observatory is - it's scheduled for construction some time in the future. I'm currently planning a fairly simple Roll-Off Roof design. Check back later for progress photos. For now, the mount and whatever scope it's carrying are covered with a TelGizmos 365 Continuous Exposure Telescope Cover.

The Observatory will be built around the current pier. It's an Astro Pier from Le Sueur Manufacturing - highly recommended. It's extremely stable and came with a durable industrial enamel finish. I originally planned to have a local machine shop make the pier for me, but that turned out to be quite complicated, and I was not confident that the finished product would be of high quality.

 

 

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