Wo bet you miss Long Beach right now! Is this something you'll have to take into consideration when building your observatory?
BTW, Today I mailed the lady that I bought the Unitron from some $$ for packing and shipping the 220 camera. . Hopefully I'll have It next week.
Glad you were able to get the Unitron camera. I once owned one and it was really cool. Sold it unused however as the sheet film/plate thing was too much to deal with.
Yes on the snow here impacting the observatory. Anything you build here had to take snow and winds into account but lots of folks across the country have much the same.
Miss So Cal? I miss the “seeing”. In So Cal almost every day was “70 degrees and sunny” which I found monotonous. Plus, everything I enjoyed doing required a drive through LA traffic. Congestion, noise, crappy air, chemically treated drinking water. Crime. Maybe a couple hundred stars visible on a good night. Skiing there became such a pain in the butt I stopped years ago. After cleaning up the driveways this morning I am putting on my skis, stepping off the porch and skiing the loop around the Deschutes and Twin Bridges. I may even take my fishing gear and fish from skis. Crystal clear and clean air, pure water, no crowds or traffic. And, if the next storm moves through in a day or two, there will be clear views on the Milky Way.