Roll Off Roof Automation
Ironwood North Observatory was first built in Haleiwa, Hawaii and
fully automated in 2004. Ironwood North Observatory, Hawaii was
equipped with a LX-200 10” f6.3 Classic telescope, the main
camera is a SBIG ST-9XEI the autoguiding is handled by a Borg 50
scope and SBIG ST-237A camera.
The “Rolling Roof Computer Interface” (RRCI) was designed
by Chuck Faranda. With the addition of WeatherWatcher Server ACP
the observatory became weather aware and could protect itself from
the elements. Both the RRCI and WeatherWatcher Server for ACP are
ASCOM compatible and work with ACP Observatory Control System. We
also have a standalone program for those who do not wish to use
ACP. The RRCI and WeatherWatcher Server ACP can be purchased at
store for details go to http://ccdastro.net/Roof_Controller.html
Pino joined Ken Archer in the winter of 2004 to built Ironwood North
Observatory or “INO”. Frank has been doing visual astronomy
since the 1970’s. He has owned several telescopes. Frank moved
to Hawaii from Washington State in November 2002. He and Ken had
met a few years earlier through their similar interests of aviation
and astronomy. Frank now resides in Arizona where he has built Ironwood
While Hawaii is a great place to live Frank felt he could do more
imaging under the clear dry skies of Arizona. Currently about 1000
images a month are taken remotely from schools belonging to the
Hands on Universe and the Global Hands on Universe.
Ironwood North Observatory, AZ is now housed a small roll-off roof
observatory measuring 8’ x10’. Frank Pino owns and runs
Ironwood North Observatory, AZ. Equipped with a LX-200 10”
f6.3 Classic telescope, the main camera is a SBIG ST-9XEI the autoguiding
is handled by a Borg 50 scope and SBIG ST-237A camera.
While we were building the original INO we were contacted by Dr.
Carl Pennypacker, head of the Hands on Universe project. He was
looking for remote observatories to participate in the program.
Hands on Universe, is a run by the University of California, Berkeley
and Lawrence Hall of Science. The HOU team has provided financial
support for INO.
You contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org