MBO Tour 5: The Log Cabin

5. The Log Cabin

In 1975 a pre-fabricated log cabin was installed on the site, providing observers quarters and a display area.

Before computerised astronomical tools, observers often had to remain on-site and awake throughout the night over many days and weeks. The log cabin provided sleeping quarters as well as shower, bathroom and kitchen facilities. Astronomy students slept on cots in the main room, often taking turns sleeping in between assigned times in the Dome. Today, remote access to automated telescopes and devices mean astonomers can often access images from their desks around the world.

For MBO, the log cabin is now our main meeting space and we welcome many groups here, especially when the weather is less accommodating! We still use the kitchen and bathroom facilities and can access internet-connected astronomy facilities from around the world in relative comfort indoors!


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