Below are some of the services we offer:

Observatory Automation & Restoration
Observatory Automation & Restoration

Here are some images of an observatory we recently restored automated. Initially the dome barely moved and leaked when it rained. Today it is fully automated with our shutter motor and rotation motor control system. The observatory can be operated remotely from anywhere there is an internet connection. Take a look at our images gallery.

 

Consulting Services
Consulting Services
If you are looking into building or funding an automated observatory, and need more information on the requirements and cost, or are looking for a project manager for your observatory project, please feel free to contact me. I offer my experience and services at a very affordable rate.
Astrophotography
Astrophotography
The automated and fully internet-operated Ironwood Observatories allow users to log on remotely and capture astronomical images in real-time, without ever having to set foot in the actual observatory. This setup is ideal for universities and other educational purposes. Observatory time may be booked by any trained user. See our images gallery for samples.
Informal Education Classes
Informal Education Classes
I offer a wide range of educational experiences starting with group outreach, informal classes followed by hands on experience using a variety of telescope equipment. I also train in the use, care, and maintenance of your observatory and equipment. Or if you're a school or university, I can help you create a curriculum or research program specifically for your needs.
 


For more information or to request a consultation,
please contact Ken Archer

 

Testimonials

"Thanks to Ken's expert guidance, I took some very satisfying images of M81, M101, M104, and M51 on my first try!"

- Masaaki Yamato
UC Berkeley, CA


"Ken Archer is the most effective, competent and friendly remotely controlled telescope owner and designer I have ever worked with."

- Lech Mankiewicz,
EU-HOU coordinator, Poland


"Ken Archer is one of the most dependable, creative, and inspired small telescope / observatory guys on the planet. He knows how to get things to work and keep them working. I give him my highest
recommendation."

- Carl Pennypacker
Cc-leader, US Hands-On Universe


"I would definitely recommend Ken's observatories and his expert guidance"

- Masaaki Yamato
UC Berkeley, CA


"Ken's remote observatory system is
an ultimate style and
a dream for all astronomy fans."

- Keiji Ueda
AstroArts Japan

 
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