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SkyPad

A Hilltop Observatory
Located in Mountain Park, New Mexico, SkyPad is a 20-foot-tall tower supporting a 12′ x 12′ elevated platform centered around a 5-foot diameter concrete cylinder that serves as a telescope mount.
The structure is constructed as a sundial in the tradition of the early 18th century Yantras of the Jantar Mantar observatories in Jaipur and Delhi, India. Aligned to the north celestial pole (Polaris), and with a stairway angled at the site’s latitude (33 degrees), the structure itself can be used as a sundial.
 
The Skypad Observatory, Mountain Park, New Mexico
The Skypad Observatory, Mountain Park, New Mexico

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Video by Bill Hanson
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Richard Jost

Architect
 
MASTER CONTRUCTION MANAGMENT, INC
MASTER CONTRUCTION MANAGMENT, INC
(575) 682-2718
mcminc@tularosa.net
P.O. Box 222, Mountain Park, NM  88325