The Mini-Robotic (Ralph?) Observatory (MRO) is a developmental small and inexpensive social media controlled robotic telescope that has many of the same capabilities as the Burke-Gaffney Observatory. It is completely self contained - all that is needed is wifi, a power outlet, and a clear sky!

It is presently available to use by invitation only!

Technical Specifications

Telescope TeleVue Genesis 100-mm refracting telescope (500mm f5 optics)
Mount Celestron AVX german equatorial mount
Camera ZWO ASI1600MM Pro CMOS (2328 x 1760 pixels - 2 x 2 binned)
Filter Wheel ZWO EFW (8 position, 31mm filters)
Focuser Pegasus Astro FocusCube2
Power Control Pegasus Astro Pocket PowerBox
USB Control Pegasus Astro USB Control Hub
Dew Control Kendrick FireFly heater
Flat Field Gerd Neumann 220mm Panel
Weather Enclosure Dog house style flip open roof (custom designed)
Cloud Sensor AAG Cloudwatcher
Computer Zotac ZBOX MiniPC - Celeron N4100 1.1GHz, 8G RAM, 120G solid-state drive


Presently located at Abbey Ridge Observatory
44N 41.3' (44.6883)
Longitude: 63W 49.5' (-63.825)
Elevation: 100-metres
Time Zone: AST/ADT (UT-3 or 4 hours)

Optical Specs

Pixel Size 3.1 arc-seconds (2x2 binned)
Field of View (full size) 2.0 x 1.52 degrees
Field of View (normal size) 1.3 x 1.3 degrees

Social Media Addresses (nearly all else is the same as the BGO)

Twitter Handle @obsmini
Email Address mrorobot at
Facebook Page TBD
Text Number TBD
Communicator App V0.98+

Queues, Observers, Groups and Logs


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