This section contains a somewhat detailed account of the construction of the
Lost Valley Observatory (formerly known as the MAS Observatory). This observatory is 14 x 17 feet
insize and of a roll-off roof design. It was modeled after the SkyShed design. As will be detailed, I would strongly
advise anyone constructing such an observatory utilize their expertise. Their plans saved me numerous errors.
The observatory itself is fully robotic, despite its size. It can be run, from opening the
roof, to imaging and processing, via remote desktop with Windows XP. It utilizes a number of SmartHome devices, including
a SmartHome USB interface. Much of the credit for this successful design goes to John Smith, who was instrumental in
his capacity as my consultant. Both he, and Ron Wodowski (through his book) were instrumental in guiding me to
a solid mount and quality telescope. I hope these pages are helpful to others who are attempting a project such as this.
This observatory was closed down when I moved back to California in October of 2006