Prescott Observatory (684) changes hands
- Some of the oldtimers on this list may remember that I was an active
contributor in the period 1999-2001. In fact in the years 1995-2001
I was doing minor planet astrometry almost full time. The results were
more than 14,600 astrometric positions submitted to the MPC, and 606
discoveries (so far--a few more keep dribbling in with most DISCSTATUS
reports and the number may ultimately reach the high 600s, by which
time I expect I will have left this planet).
A few months ago I sold my home on a mountain ridge next to the National
Forest just south of Prescott, and the observatory that goes with it.
The new owner, Matt Francis, is very enthusiastic and has ambitious
plans to install a 24-inch scope under the dome and a solar scope under
the roll-off roof, and to automate everything. He also intends to make the
observatory an educational resource for the schools in this area.
So I feel that Prescott Observatory (684) is in good hands.
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