This photo taken in June 2015 from a drone hovering above the Stony Ridge Observatory graphically shows the extent to which the Station Fire encroached upon the observatory site in 2009. Looking north-west, above the dome is Mt. Mooney. The terrain to the right (east) drops 2000 feet (615 m.) into Devil's Canyon. Photo courtesy Duncan Martin.
February 15, 2012 - Cleanup after the Station Fire is continuing at the observatory. Ground shrubbery is growing back, but the Coulter pine trees that shrouded the site with beauty are gone for many years to come. Currently the Carroll telescope status is back to engineering testing of the newly installed harmonic drive system. The 30-inch mirror will soon be removed for re-aluminizing at the Mt. Wilson Observatory. Stony Ridge Observatory will be hosting an open house in June for participants of the re-enactment of historical observations of the transit of Venus being planned at Mt. Wilson Observatory.
October 7 , 2010 - Power returns to Stony Ridge. On this day, Southern California Edison, the US Forest Service and Acorn Tree Service were busy at the site replacing power poles, supervising, cutting and removing the dead and dying trees as a result of last year's deadly Station Fire. More images of the post-fire recovery work at SRO can been seen in this gallery.
September , 2010 - Stony Ridge Observatory was contacted by Frank Santore in Escondido, CA who is currently restoring a 12-inch Cassegrain reflector that was built by SRO cofounder George Carroll. The equatorial mount on that Carroll telescope is essentially identical to the mount on our Terlep/Carroll telescope that was recently donated to SRO by the John Terlep family (see April 21 below). John Terlep was also a cofounder of SRO. Pictures of this telescope are in the Telescope Gallery.
June 5 , 2010 - Belton, Texas - Today a memorial plaque was reinstalled at the site of the original hanger of the Texas Aero Corporation, makers of the "Temple monoplane" in 1927. Stony Ridge cofounder George Carroll was the Vice President and cofounder of that company. He was also responsible for some of the designs incorporated into the aircraft. Several of Carroll's descendants celebrated in the +100-degree Texas heat. The Texas Aero story can be read from the pages of the Temple Daily Telegram.
June 3 , 2010 - Some members of Stony Ridge made a site inspection today. Recent road work on the dirt road has been done, perhaps by the Southern Calif. Edison Company or the USFS in order for their crews to reach the observatory. New power lines and transformers are visible on poles in the area. On a sad note, our members reported that ALL trees in the area of the observatory appear to be dead. The USFS has begun removing some of the dead trees. USFS personnel have indicated that the lower sections of Angeles Crest Highway, between La Cañada and Red Box, may remain closed until the end of 2011.
May 26 , 2010 - The USFS has announced the opening of a number of areas within the Station Fire Recovery Area. Locations now accessible include Chilao Flats, Newcomb's Ranch and Horse Flats. While the Charlton Flats area is not specifically mentioned, the area is within a few miles from Chilao. Angeles Crest Highway, from La Cañada to Red Box is still closed. Access to Charlton/Chilao can be made via Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Shortcut Saddle. Power and telephone installations are still out at the observatory.
April 22, 2010 - A spokesperson for Southern California Edison has communicated with SRO to say that power restoration in the Stony Ridge area is progressing and that power should be restored to the Observatory by the end of July, 2010.
April 21, 2010 - Stony Ridge Observatory has received a generous donation of a 12.5-inch Cassegrain reflector (image right) from the family of one of the Founding members of SRO, John Terlep. The telescope had been in storage in Pueblo, Colorado for the past several years. John Terlep built the telescope in 1976 under the label of "Terlep Enterprises." A brochure from Rene Corporation of Van Nuys, CA shows the telescope (with its builder) as an example of their manufacturing of high-precision optical instruments. The equatorial mount to which the telescope is attached was built by George Carroll. This mount is the same as one that was used at UCLA for several decades with its 10-inch Wright-Schmidt camera, now retired. That mount is now owned by Kenneth Launie, President of the Antique Telescope Society.