SSC Observatories(SSCO) was founded in 1996 by John E. Hoot., the founder and retired CEO of Software Systems Consulting. The original observatory was built to allow testing and development astronomical instruments being developed by SSC. It also offered Mr. Hoot to pursue his passion for astronomical research. Since its founding, SSC Observatories have expanded to include facilities at three locations on two continents with 7 different instruments. Today all instruments are remotely operable and collect science data daily.
SSCO's initial facility, designated SSCO-1 is housed in a 6 foot dome in San Clemente, CA. The observatory is build 17 feet above the ground to reduce ground seeing, provide a better viewing horizon. It features forced air ventilation designed to improve seeing and speed instrument cooling. The dome is slaved to the telescope and the how whole facility may be run operator attended, tele-remotely or as an unattended robot.
SSCO also has an observatory at the Center For Solar Systems Studies designated CS3-7, located in the high in the Mojave desert of southern California where Mr. Hoot is a staff observer. This observatory holds two permanently mounted telescopes in a roll-off roof structure. Additionally, the site hosts a Sandia National Laboratory Sky Sentient Meteor Camera.
SSCO has plans in progress to build CS3-RTI, a 407Mhz and 1421Mhz radio transit interferometers at the Center For Solar Systems Studies site.
Las Campanas Observatory
SSCO is part of the consortium operating the Las Campanas Remote Observatory. LCRO is an automated remotely operated telescope used for science, imaging and educational public outreach. SSCO is responsible for the systems integration and ongoing engineering support of the facility and receives observing time in return for these services.
Mount Wilson Observatory
SSCO developed and operated the Mount Wilson Observatory Online Telescope. This was the predecessor of the Las Campanas Remote Observatory. Upon its completion the equipment was packaged and shipped for installation in Chile and became LCRO.
SSCO still provides instructional and engineering support service to MWI CUREA and maintains the Phoenix 16” telescope in the Cook dome used by CUREA and other observers. SSCO also provided and maintains the Snow Telescope Spectroscopic Imaging Camera Platform at MWI.
Hoot Vega Radio Telescope
SSCO built the Hoot-Vega Radio Telescope at the Vega-Bray observatory in Benson Arizona in 1998 and operated the observatory until untimely passing of Dr. Vega in 2003. SSCO in no longer affiliated with the observatory.
Current Research Projects
Photometric Determination of Asteroid Rotational Periods and Shapes
Variable Star Photometry and Spectroscopy
Development of Technology for Automated Astronomical Observation
Astrometry of Bright Double and High Proper Motion Star Timelapse Animations of the November 8, 2006 Transit of Mercury
Time Lapse Animation Of The 2007 Perseids Meteor Shower
3D Color Magnitude Diagrams of Globular and Open Clusters
Ground Based Determination of Meteor Trajectories and Satellite Orbits
Imaging With Meade's DSI Astroimager>
Genesis Spacecraft Optical Re-entry Tracking
CCD Time Lapse Animation Technique
N-Body Problem Simulation
Selective Image Reconstruction Techniques
CCD Color Imaging Techniques
Creating The SSC Observatoris Messier Atlas
Photometry of Short Period Eclipsing Binary Stars
Time Lapse Animation of 2014 Lunar Eclipse
Publications and Patents
Selected Publications And PatentsTBD