Welcome to the Site!
This is the Web site of the Red Barn Observatory MPC-H68 located just
south of a small town in Georgia, USA called Ty Ty. The primary
research performed at the Red Barn Observatory specifically pertains to
Minor Planets; which include Near Earth Objects (NEO's), Comets, and
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA's). Officially established in
2006, thousands of Minor Planets have been observed and measured from the
Red Barn Observatory.
The observatory construction was funded, designed, and built by Steve E. Farmer Jr. - the owner/operator. Equipment used at the observatory include a 0.3-meter Schmitt-Cassegrain telescope on a fork mount and a SBIG ST-7 CCD Imager. Before this equipment was utilized to allow remote operations of the observatory, visual observations were performed with a 0.25-meter Reflector. Visual observations are still occasionally performed.
This Web site was developed to document all activities performed at this Minor Planet Research Facility - which includes pictures, documents, publications, observations, and other astronomical related information. The information found within this Web site is free for public use - but please contact Steve E. Farmer Jr. before using the information on this site for personal use. Sharing information is important in the field of Minor Planet research and in astronomy in general. Thus, the reason for creating this Web site.
Detailed Minor Planet research performed at the observatory include: astrometry, photometry, follow-up observations of newly discovered Near Earth Objects and Comets. It is important that this research continues. As we study Minor Planets, we learn the dangers and hazards of these objects. The more we study these objects, the better we can protect ourselves in case of a potential impact. Enjoy this site!
The observatory has been under construction for the past several months and is now back on-line!
Southern Georgia Astronomers Club:
The Southern Georgia Astronomers Club (SGA), located in Tifton, Georgia, was established to support the local astronomical community. Our primary goal is to provide enjoyment and education to the public through the amateur and somewhat professional levels in Astronomy. We currently have access to two observatories which contain small to larger telescopes of up to 14" in diameter. For more information including any questions, support, and joining the Southern Georgia Astronomers - sign up in our Yahoo Tech Group - Southern Georgia Astronomers.
Sharing Data and Publishing.
As mentioned above, the primary reason for creating this Web site was to allow documentation of the activities performed at the Red Barn Observatory. This Web site is also being utilized to share data collected at the Red Barn Observatory and record other astronomical publications. If you have any related work that you would like published on this site, feel free to contact Steve E. Farmer Jr. for more information.
Donations To Good Causes
Please consider donating to the following causes. Any donation will be greatly appreciated and 100% of any donations goes to the program!! They are in dire need of any support and contributions that can be given. Click on the links to find out more about the programs.
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