News & Events

August 31, 2009



MPC Observatory Code F59

July 29, 2009

Ironwood Remote Observatories or "IRO"

We have been on the local news recently on KHNL. See the story at KHNL online




Jackson State University

James Cook University,

UC Berkeley, California


Ironwood Observatory

MPC Observatory Code F60

Welcome to the Ironwood Observatory website.

If you are looking for anything to do with automated observatories - whether it be using them, building them, repairing them, or just researching them - you have come to the right place.

My name is Ken Archer. Over the past ten years, I have dedicated my time to designing and building easy-to-use internet remote-operated observatories that can fit almost anyone's budget. There are actually two Ironwood Observatories - Ironwood Observatory and Ironwood Remote Observatory, located here in Hawaii.

Ironwood Observatory has been remote-controlled internationally from Japan, UK, Poland and Russia and from other US states such as Florida, Illinois and North Dakota.


New Additions

We are now pleased to announce a new and completely automated remote observatory. This is a complete system which includes an observatory, educational package and an ideal location. We are currently working on a web site for IRO and if you have any questions or wish to get a quote you can call the phone number listed below. We have designed a zero carbon observatory that does not require infrastructure to setup and maintain.

Ironwood Remote Observatories (IRO)





Due to the absence of a common standard when it comes to automated observatories and their individual parts, I often found myself needing parts that were either sub-par, or simply didn't exist. Therefore, Ironwood Observatory offers a small product line of high-quality parts, professionally manufactured to meet the demands of a fully automated observatory. Find out more about our products here.

   For more information
please contact Ken Archer


Kenneth J. Archer

Master of Astronomy

James Cook University, Australia


Jackson State, MS
UC Berkeley CA,

Creator, Operator
Ironwood Observatory, Hawaii

Educator, Teacher
Outreach Education
Astrophotography, LCC


Published Work

Ironwood Observatory featured with ACP winning the Product of the Year Award [View]
Sky and Telescope, USA

Dr. Akihiko Ito of Japan remotely use Ironwood [View]
Hoshinavi Magazine, Japan

Astrophotography images taken by Ironwood Observatory
Hoshinavi Magazine, Japan

Astrophotography images taken by Ironwood Observatory
Hoshinavi Magazine, Japan
Temmon Guide Magazine, Japan



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