Montgomery Bell Academy's Long Mountain Observatory near McMinnville, TN is in operation.
Below are the first images taken using the observatory's PlaneWave CDK24 telescope and SBIG
STX16803 CCD camera. The observatory is designed to be operated either remotely or on site.
Pleiades Star Cluster
M27 Dumbbell Nebula
M56 globular cluster
Below are images taken with the school's SBIG STX16803 camera
during off-site testing using a short focal length refractor.
Supernova SN 2011fe
Below are short duration images taken during testing of the telescope.
Data collection underway, click
above for draft
To the right is a light curve on a
potential exoplanet candidate taken
March 5, 2012 with the observatory's
new SBIG STL11000M camera using a
Johnson-Cousins Ic filter. The data
indicates that the potential candidate is
probably not an exoplanet.