UPDATE Fall 2011: All observatory systems are unavailable until further notice. The observatory is currently in transition from a focus on deep-sky, long exposure astro-imaging, to a new focus on lunar and planetary webcam imaging and remote video astronomy. During our transition between equipment and configurations, all CMO systems will be down. We will update this website and email our customer group when the new equipment is in place and tested. Thank you for your continued interest in Cherry Mountain Observatory.
WELCOME to the Cherry Mountain Observatory and David Plesko's astronomy images.
Cherry Mountain Observatory is a fully automated, robotic observatory located outside
of Fredericksburg, Texas. The observatory is focused on advanced astro-imaging and
visual exploration using leading edge technologies and approaches. Our goal is to
leverage best-of-breed hardware and software products to maximize data and imaging
quality through manual and automated data gathering techniques. We continually
research and revise our approaches and methodologies as well as the hardware and
software utilized in powering the Cherry Mountain Observatory.
We now provide Internet-based remote access for rental of telescope time on our
full combination of Meade LX200R 10”, Televue NP101is and 127is APOs, and RCOS 14.5” Carbon Truss Ritchey Chretien Telescopes on either our Paramount ME mounts, or in certain configurations on our Atlas EQ-G. Each scope can be configured with either our SBIG ST-4000XCM One Shot Color, STL11000-M (C, LRGB and narrowband filters), or Mallincam Color Hyper Plus CCD cameras for the purpose of deep-sky imaging (long focal length or wide-field) or remote video astronomy. Our skies are dark (average of 21.4 mags/arc sec2 on the SQM), transparent, and provide excellent seeing (average 1.4 arc sec, with 1 arc sec common).Please see our RENT SCOPES page for details.
Update Summer 2010: Please share our excitement on the great coverage Cherry Mountain Observatory has received in several major amateur astronomy publications in 2010.
“Astronomy” Magazine February 2010 Reader’s Gallery. David Plesko from Cherry
Mountain Observatory and Warren Keller, astronomical image processing master, collaborate on this image of Thor’s Helmet.
“Amateur Astronomy” Spring 2010. “Cherry Mountain Man” David Plesko’s journey
to the creation of the remote observatory of the same name.
“Sky and Telescope” Magazine, March 2010. “Observatories on the Web” by Andrew Macica, highlights the prominent Internet-based remote telescope services available across the globe.
“Sky and Telescope” Magazine, April 2010. Reader’s Gallery collaboration on NGC2903 with Warren Keller. Link to the page coming soon!
This homepage is dedicated to the images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope,
arguably the most important advancement in astronomy since the invention of Galileo’s original telescope almost 500 years ago.