Orion's Belt Remote Observatory

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Mayhill, NM .
 

Welcome to Orion's Belt Remote Observatory!

You are standing at the top of "Mintaka Hill" overlooking the valley to the South. East is left and West to the right. North is behind you.

We are in the Sacramento Mountains of Southern New Mexico on the edge of the Lincoln National Forest. 
 
About this site
​Orion's Belt or the Belt of Orion, also known as the Three Kings or Three Sisters, is an asterism in the constellation Orion. It consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. 

My name is Dave and I am in the medical field. Most people call me Dr Dave or just "Doc". I have a BS in Astronomy and this has always been a passion of mine since I sat under the dome of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City back in the day and marveled at what a truly dark sky would look like. Since then I have been on a quest for 45 years to find my "beach". I am truly blessed to have realized that dream and now have the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Universe in a dark sky sanctuary I can call my home. My interests are broad and I enjoy everything from astroimaging to astrophysics as well as astronomy education and public putreach. I am  an active member of the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces NM and operate the club's observatory at Leasburg State Park in Radium Springs where we frequently open the observatory to the public. . 

This site is a celebration of my Astronomy Sanctuary and is devoted to all activities related to it. I had always known of the existence of the astronomy community known as New Mexico Skies and Stars End but had no idea I would wind up here. After relocating to New Mexico from the Northeast in 2013 , we looked for an observatory site and found a lot in the Stars End development. The rest is history. Our physical address is on the street called "Orion's Belt" so the observatory name was obvious. Now the observatory is under construction! We expect first light to occur some time in 2017. 
Stars End Estates. On the street named "Milky Way". Then turn onto Orion's Belt!
This is what the site looked like when we first arrived. The observatory would be located just behind the obelisk looking tree in the center. A lot of clearing had to be done but we knew this would be the ideal spot! The view is to the south. The Lincoln National Forest is behind us to the north
This is the "astronomer's living quarters". The first structure to appear at the site. A prefabricated double wide dwelling, it has all the amenities needed for long term stay. A great escape from the desert heat in Las Cruces where we live!
This is the view from  Mintaka Hill as I have named it after one of the stars in Orion's Belt, about 200 feet away from the house. You can walk from the house up "Alnitak Trail" to the Hill.