Another observatory escapes Station Fire

Following the dramatic escape from the Los Angeles Station Fire by Mount Wilson Observatory, another observatory in southern California has avoided destruction (at least mostly).

Stony Ridge Observatory was built by and for amateurs in 1963, though it has notched up a couple of asteroids in its time and was also used to map potential landing sites for Apollo. It contains a 30″ Newtonian-Cassegrain (eyepieces can be found on the side of and at the back of the telescope tube) telescope.

The Station Fire was seen to sweep through the area of the telescope and it was reported that it was likely all was lost. Later reports have however said the firefighters saved the main dome (though smaller structures have been lost), although the area remains a ‘hot spot’ with fires still threatening.

Updates on Stony Ridge relating to the fire can be found here.

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