Yerkes Observatory

 

Historic.

Restored.

Revolutionary.

Sea West developed a comprehensive maintenance schedule to ensure the continued operation of the renowned Yerkes Observatory.

CMAP telescope

About the observatory

Yerkes Observatory, established in 1897, is a renowned center for astronomical research. Its facilities include laboratories, workshops, and libraries fostering an environment conducive to scientific inquiry. Over the years, it has attracted leading figures in astrophysics, contributing to significant advancements in the field. The observatory’s architecture and grounds are notable for their historical and scientific significance.

  Dome

Domes
One 90′ Custom Dome

One  30’-6” Ash Dome

One 24’-6” Ash Dome

Telescope

Telescopes
One 40″ Great Refractor

One 40″ Warner and Swasey Reflector

One 24″ Boller and Chivens Reflector

Research

Research

Visual Observing

Visual Observing

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

Robotic Observatory

Robotic Observatory

Software Automation

Software Automation

 Historic

Historic

 

Dome

Domes

One 90′ Custom Dome

One  30’-6” Ash Dome

One 24’-6” Ash Dome

Telescope

Telescopes
One 40″ Great Refractor

One 40″ Warner and Swasey Reflector

One 24″ Boller and Chivens Reflector

Research

Research

Visual Observing

Visual Observing

Public Outreach

Public Outreach

Robotic Observatory

Robotic Observatory

Software Automation

Software Automation

Historic

Project Scope

The Sea West team was tasked with developing a comprehensive maintenance schedule for the observatory’s historic infrastructure. With the original dome and telescope dating back to 1897, the project required careful assessment and prioritization of maintenance tasks. 

IMAGE CREDIT: Georgia State University
CHARA Array Georgia State University

Solutions

Sea West’s site visit and maintenance priority report laid the groundwork for managing repairs and providing engineering assistance, ensuring the continued operation of this esteemed institution. Leveraging the expertise of the Sea West team, the observatory can navigate the complexities of preserving its historic equipment while integrating modern engineering solutions. This partnership facilitates access to resources and support crucial for sustaining the observatory’s legacy for future generations of astronomers and scientists, marking a significant advancement in its ongoing mission of space exploration and discovery.