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Badland Observatory
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dbrockhouse
N 43° 59.446 W 102° 07.852
13T E 730069 N 4874849
Quick Description: This Waymark will bring you to a strange place. No mountain top. No security fence. Just an old building in an almost deserted town not far from Wall, SD.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2017 3:57:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMX472
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member snaik
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Badlands Observatory (IAU code 918) is an astronomical observatory named after the Badlands National Park, located in Quinn, South Dakota, near the city of Wall, United States. The observatory is run with support from the Black Hills Astronomical Society and was founded by American astronomer Ron Dyvig from the Kitt Peak Observatory in 2000.[2]
As of November 2016, a total of 25 numbered minor planets were discovered at the observatory. The Minor Planet Center credits these discoveries to Ron Dyvig and to the observatory, respectively. As an anomaly, the main-belt asteroid (315495) 2008 AQ3 discovered at Badlands Observatory in 2008, is credited to Italian amateur astronomer Fabrizio Tozzi.[3] Asteroid 26715 South Dakota, discovered by Ron Dyvig in 2001, is named after the U.S. state South Dakota, where the Badland observatory is located.[4]
When the observatory opened in a former medical facility, the town of Quinn installed hoods over the street lights to reduce
Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: No

Radio Telescopes?: No

Solar Telescopes?: No

Open to the Public?: No

Is this a Club Observatory?: No

Public Viewing Allowed?: No

Active Observatory?: Retired

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 1

Site URL: Not listed

Year Dedicated or Opened: Not Listed

Altitude (meters): Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
Note the time of day of your visit, and your own photo of your favorite part of the observatory. This might be the view from the observatory, picture of your favorite building or favorite exhibit. (Be mindful of flash photography rules!)

If you participated in an observing session, let everyone know what you saw!

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