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Etscorn Campus Observatory (ECO).

14" Celestron with ST-8 CCD.

Dome housing the 20" Dobsonian.

Remote controlled roof protecting C14.

Installing new dome for 6" Shiefspiegler.

The Frank T. Etscorn Campus Observatory, dedicated 25 April 1993, is on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM. The observatory is the site of the annual Enchanted Skies Star Party. In addition, many public and private star parties are held there throughout the year.

The observatory is surrounded by earth berms and is strategically located to avoid as much light pollution as possible from campus and town. Several telescopes are available for use at the observatory, the most noteworthy ones including a 20-inch Dobsonian inside a 15-foot dome, both on loan from Club member Ken Mason, and a Celestron C-14 on a Paramount GT-1100 mount, on loan from the NMT Physics Department. The building itself is operated and maintained by the NMT Astronomy Club. The Club is in a joint research agreement with the NMT Physics Department and Lodestar (an astronomical education research consortium) to enhance the Observatory for use as a robotic facility. Visit the observatory upgrade page for the latest information on this project.

The main building, apart from the dome, measures 12 24 ft., and consists of two rooms. The front door opens to an office/workshop space, and then a door opens from there to the observing room, which houses the C-14. An unusual feature of the observatory is its automated roll-off roof, which uses a garage-door mechanism to open and close for observing. Behind the main building, there is a raised deck, where a 6-inch Shiefspiegler is kept under a new revolving dome. To the side, there is a storage shed which contains an 8-inch Newtonian and a 13-inch Dobsonian. Building plans are available if you are interested in constructing a similar facility.

Observatory coordinates are:

34 deg 04 min 21.67 sec N
106 deg 54 min 50.11 sec W
1423.77 m (4671 ft.) above sea level

Or if you don't do latitude and longitude, use this map.