Keriam Astronomical Observatory

by Hazarry bin Haji Ali Ahmad Panorama-Observatory

Welcome to My Mini Astronomical Observatory

A Photon Collecting Device and Myself

A Photon Collecting Device and Myself

Observatory Design

Simple sketches of the observatory

I became interested in amateur astronomy since my early teenage years, and this year in 2015 , I had built an 1.5m by 2.5m roll-off roof observatory (still waiting for a proper name) in my backyard. Well, it is more of a cozy quarter just enough to fit 1 -3 people, my telescopes and storage boxes. It is fully functional and ready for astronomical observation when first completed on 1st Syawal 1436H corresponding to 18th July 2015. On that evening, observations began with imaging of the Lagoon Nebula (catalogued as Messier 8). It is a wonderful place to have a permanent setting for my scope to save time consuming setup, avoid damages from lugging around and  tedious alignment procedures of a telescope.

The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. Image by Hazarry from his backyard observatory on July 18, 2015.

The Lagoon Nebula (M8) is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. Image by Hazarry from his backyard observatory on July 18, 2015.

 

M17 (Omega Nebula)

M17 (Omega Nebula)

 

Roof rolled off gives access to the sky

Rolled off roof gives access to the sky

A customised observatory showing the roll off roof wheels

A customised observatory showing the roll off roof wheels

The main telescope and equipment at the observatory

The main telescope and equipment at the observatory

Location

The observatory is located in Kampong Keriam (4.816224°North 114.69145°East),Tutong, which is about 5 minutes drive from Tutong Town and just next to Keriam Primary School. Address: #24 Simpang 442, Kampong Keriam, Tutong. TB1141. Brunei Darussalam. You can use the Bing Map above.

Site location when construction first took place

Observatory site

Instrument

The observatory itself contains a main 6-inch f/6.5 Explore Scientific AR152 refractor placed on a GOTO German Equatorial Celestron CGX computerised mount and equipped with an autoalign Celestron Starsense Technology. It is a great large aperture telescope for low power, wide field viewing of the deep sky objects and the solar system as well as fast optic for digital imaging. Secondary telescopes such as an Orion Astroview 100 ST plus other mini-telescopes are available to be set outside around the observatory.

The observatory houses a 6-inch refractor on a computerized drive mount

The observatory houses a 6-inch refractor on a computerized drive mount

ES AR152, The classic air-spaced, crown-and-flint, doublet achromatic refractor is reborn with the aim to produce superior-class optical figure in a short (f/6.5) focal length design with Explore Scientific Air-Spaced Doublet AR Series.

ES AR152, The classic air-spaced, crown-and-flint, doublet achromatic refractor is reborn with the aim to produce superior-class optical figure in a short (f/6.5) focal length design with Explore Scientific Air-Spaced Doublet AR Series.

Opening Hours

As an educator myself and member of the Brunei Darussalam Astronomical Society, I always promote public awareness of astronomy in Brunei Darussalam. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced amateur astronomer, enjoyment and challenges await you here.

The observatory is open to the public, researchers, teachers and students at no fee. A variety of astronomical objects including the Sun, Moon, planets, double stars, nebulas, and the occasional comet are ready for viewing (weather permitting). Since space is limited, visitors are required to make arrangement first and reservation. RSVP and for more info, please contact me at +6738820277 (or WhatsApp) or email at hazarry(a)hotmail.com, replace (a) with @.

Ustaz Saifulbahri (one of PABD Executive members) poses with the scope

Ustaz Saifulbahri (one of PABD Executive members) poses with the scope

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