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Montgomery Bell
Long Mountain
Montgomery Bell Academy's Long Mountain Observatory near McMinnville, TN was
completed in 2011. The observatory is equipped with a
PlaneWave CDK 24 telescope
and integrated rotating focuser on a PlaneWave Ascension 200HR mount. The
telescope is equipped with an
SBIG STL 11000M camera with Astrodon
L-R-G-B-Ha-V-Rc-Ic filters to permit RGB and narrow band imaging as well as
photometry and exoplanet light curve research.

Below are links to photos of the observatory's construction and equipment. To the right
are the first astronomical images taken at the site.
Installation of telescope
April 12, 2011
Electronic and
software work
April 29-30, 2011
Construction Progress
Initial balancing and
electronics testing of
telescope April 16, 2011
Telescope work
April 23, 2011
Progress and first
light, May 5-6, 2011
Remote Access
May 12-14, 2011
Copyright 2010-2011 Mark Manner
May 20, 2011
May 27 & June 2, 2011
July 19, 2011 visit.
Click above for images
taken at the observatory
July 31, 2011 flat panel
Dome slit alignment camera
Click here for current
weather conditions
and allsky camera