California State University Northridge Observatory

Upgraded.

Automated.

Customized.

Sea West updated the existing dome at California State University, Northridge.

 

About the observatory

The San Fernando Observatory, originally built in the 1960s, has a new home at Cal State Northridge. Once focused on solar magnetic fields for the Apollo moon program, it now allows students to gain hands-on experience using telescope equipment while also being able to conduct research studies on sunspots to predict solar flares. It moved to CSUN in January due to changes in its original site’s use and is now located within the historic orange grove at Cal State Northridge.

  Dome

Dome
 16.5’ Ash-Dome

Telescope

Telescope
Custom Solar

 

 

 

Astrophotography

Astrophotography

Research

Research

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

 

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair Accessible

Dome

Dome
 16.5’ Ash-Dome

Telescope

Telescope
Custom Solar

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

Astrophotography

Astrophotography

Research

Research

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair Accessible

Project Scope

Sea West was hired to install the new dome on the recently built observatory. They purchased and assembled the new 16.5’ Ash-Dome on site then crane-lifted it onto the structure. Finally, a new layer of paint was added onto the new dome to finish up the new observatory at Cal State University Northridge.

 

 

Jackson College Observatory
Cal State Northridge

PARTNERS

Sea West partnered with Clerkin & Clerkin Architects in the design details of the new observatory and contracted with MTM Construction to install the Dome. Ash Manufacturing provided the new 16.5’ Ash-Dome.

Thank you to our team of partners and vendors!