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The Rainwater Observatory

By starman1
Located in the heart of Mississippi, on the outskirts of the extremely small town known as French Camp. The site features an array of of observatories, equipped with both refractor and reflector types of telescopes. Highlights include a pier mounted 6" Astro-Physics refractor and two 16" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. There is also a 32" Dobsonian mounted reflector that reqires climbing a 10' step-ladder for viewing items near zenith and a 28" (.68m) Ritchey-Cretian research grade telescope to be installed in the dome on the right within the next month.

This site is the location for the annual spring time Mid-South Star Gaze and one of the few places in the south-east USA where the Milky Way can be viewed and is a stunning sight to see as it rises in the east. There is a 100 yard scaled version of the solar system on site, I was standing about half way between the orbits of Uranus and Neptune.

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: dougv, cceccles,


dougv 16 8.4k 3 England
19 Apr 2007 10:29PM
Hi Dewey, how's it going?
Long time no speak as it were.

There looks to be lots of nice things to play with there, but unfortunately the sky doesn't look too good for astronomy.

Doug Wink

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22 Apr 2007 12:27AM
Wow, wish there was an observatory like this near here! Well captured.
starman1 16 61 United States
25 Apr 2007 7:20PM
Hey Doug!

I took this Mon or Tues afternoon, it cleared up for a couple hours Mon night and we put a 7mm eyepiece w/2 2X barlows into the 6" Astro-physyics, to loook at Saturn, I think the magnification came out to 650x to 750x and the rings stretched across the field of view. On Wed it cleared up spectacularly until Fri evening then wet until Sunday the 15th. I think that is why it's called the "Rainwater" observatory.....(Grin !!!

Hi Chris,

It is a relaxing 6 hour drive from Pensacola, FL to French Camp, MS and the long drive is why I go and spend a couple extra days under dark skies. I help out with getting things ready for the event and we typically have around 120 attendees. The weather is usually better than it was this year and I get to use some cool toys before anyone else comes around. I assisted with the construction of the foundation and telescope piers for the new observatory two years ago and we were hoping the new scope was going to be dedicated and given first light on the 11th.

I appreciate the visit and comments.


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