The observatory named Huntsville Astronomic and Lunar Observatory (HALO) is located at the Compass Rose Lodge in Huntsville, Utah. The observatory dome shelters a 16-inch Ritchey-Chretien style telescope proudly owned and operated by the Hyde Family. Lodge guests and the community will be able to view neighboring celestial bodies with great detail such as the rings of Saturn or Jupiter’s Galilean Moons. Views of spectacular deep sky objects including galaxies, nebulae, and globular clusters await those wishing to peer farther into the heavens.
The Observatory’s 16-inch aperture Ritchey-Chretien style telescope is designed with hyperbolic shaped mirrors like the Hubble Space Telescope, which offer an exceptionally flat view of objects avoiding image distortions introduced by many other amateur telescopes. The telescope is perched on a precision-built Paramount mount which provides a great degree of accuracy while tracking celestial objects. With imaging equipment the observatory will excel at capturing colorful images of elusive deep sky objects including nebulae and distant galaxies. HALO is one of many things to do and see in Huntsville. Check out First Lift Coffee or Huntsville Square.