Au Sable Forks Observatory

The Basics



Welcome to the Au Sable Forks Observatory. Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of New York. My main scope is an 8" LX-90 with a William Optics Z-66 piggy-backed. Additional scopes are an ETX-70 and an ETX125. I also have a Siebert 1.25" Blacknight Binoviewer which I find excellent on the Moon and Planets.

I recently (2008) added a Coronado PST which I inexpensively piggy backed to my LX90 with a Meade 50mm finder scope ring assembly. Now with both the LX90 and the ZS66 fit up with Sunspot filters I simply slide off the finder scope and slide on the PST. I now have a combination Astronomical/Solar Observatory.

I've been in the hobby only for about four years now and am finding it more and more enjoyable all the time. I plan to dabble in Astrophotography as I progress. One achievement I'm a bit proud of is having completed the Messier Catalog and having the Astronomical League award me the Messier Club Pin and Certificate # 2304.

Thanks for looking and Clear Dark Skies to All.Rick Blaisdell

 (AKA AdkStars)




                              "Though my soul may set in darkness,

                                it will rise in perfect light;

                                I have loved the stars too fondly

                                to be fearful of the night."

                                                               Sarah Williams

              O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
              Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
               I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
              Thy power throughout the universe displayed:
               Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
               How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
               Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
               How great Thou art, how great Thou art!