The Currie-Gregg Observatory (CGO) is named in honor of NASA Astronaut and former U.S. Army aviator Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg. Located atop the roof of Enid High School, it is the only high school astronomical observatory in Oklahoma.
The dome was constructed in 1963 with funds from the National Defensive Education Act. In the fall of 1965, additional Title III money was used for the purchase of a Tinsley Laboratories Model D 8-inch Cassegrain reflecting telescope, one of the premiere observational instruments of its time. The telescope was put into service in early 1966 and remains in place as the principle viewing apparatus.
Over 50 years have past since the observatory was installed and the facility is in dire need of interior and exterior renovations, safety updates, and significant technological upgrades, including a new telescope. Observatory Solution was contacted by Tim Gregg in the spring of 2017 to review the state of the observatory, make recommendations on improvements and perform some of the needed upgrades.
We made two trips to the observatory; first to do a general review and then to do a detailed assessment of the dome mechanics. The dome was found to be in excellent shape. Local resources were used to repair rusted or damaged metal, re-caulk seams and do general cleaning in preparation for painting the interior and exterior of the dome.
In the spring of 2018, Observatory Solutions will install a new 14" telescope and add our Observatory Control System to control the dome rotation motor and allow slaving of the dome to the telescope.
Please visit the Currie-Gregg Observatory website for details on the observatory, it's history and how you can support this important educational resource.
The dome structure for the Currie-Gregg Observatory was from Astro Dome of Canton, Ohio, which is no longer in operation. Below are two design images from the dome design patent filed in 1959.