Farm Cove Observatory
(FCO) is a private observatory built in 1999 due to an overwhelming desire to have
uninterrupted telescope time on astronomy projects of interest. It was
completed on the 14th of February 2000 at a cost of NZ$12,000.00.
This cost did not include the time spent building the observatory or
the telescope and equipment currently in use.
At the time, the local
city council classified the observatory at Farm Cove as a garden
shed due to the easy removal of the dome. Because of this, no
building permit was required.
Special thanks to my
wonderful friends, especially Fred Velthuis for sharing my desire. Andrew Goodfellow for the observatory
design and the many hours spent building it, Marc Bos for his
expertise and dedication getting everything working as it should,
Grant Christie and Tim Natusch for being on hand when problems occurred
and when their expertise was urgently needed - thanks guys.