Vista Observatory in south eastern Arizona
The construction of the 18' Ash dome is continuing.
A semi truck worth of parts arrived in the fall of
Digging the foundation for the telescope pier and
Telescope pier with footings for mounting points
Layout of the roller ring for support spacing
A 6x6 inch I-beam was custom bent into a circle to
hold the roller ring
Support beams concreted into footings
Skirt getting bolted into position
Individual panels being slid into position
The dome becomes self supporting here.
The mostly completed dome. Still to come is the shutter
and side walls.
the 200lb lower shutter into place.
walls going up.