Magdalena Ridge Observatory

These photos of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory were taken between the years 2004 and 2006 during road and facility construction. The observatory is located on 1,000 acres at 10,600 feet in the Magdalena Mountains of the Cibola National Forest in Socorro County, New Mexico (NM)
img 4113  Magdalena Ridge Observatory. (MRO) mro 3  A major snow storm hit. These Antelope were standing near the road to Water Canyon and the observatory constuction site. Photo by Mark Waggoner. 100 3507  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3493  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3492  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3477  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site.
100 3478  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3496  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3511  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3482  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3474  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site. 100 3483  View of the Magdalena Mountains and snow drifts on the way to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory construction site.
100 3503  View of the mountain and snow drifts along the mountain road to the observatory construction site. 100 3469  View of the mountain and snow drifts on way to the observatory construction site. 100 3510  Trail head marker and view of snow drifts along the mountain road on the way to the observatory construction site. John Wetherill 333 007  EMRTC employees setting explosive charges on the hillside above the main road. Several times during this year intentional avalanches were created to prevent accidental avalanches from covering men and equipment or killing someone during road clearing operations. Construction of the observatory continued throughout several winters. mro 2  EMRTC employees setting explosive charges on the hillside above the main road. Several times during this year intentional avalanches were created to prevent accidental avalanches from covering men and equipment or killing someone during road clearing operations. Construction of the observatory continued throughout several winters. John Wetherill 333 002  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. John Murphy
100 0566  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. 100 0568  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. 100 0567  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. 100 0554 0001  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. 100 0552 0001  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. John Murphy 100 0548 0002  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few miles ahead it was impassable until it was cleared.
100 0551 0002  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few miles ahead it was impassable until it was cleared. 100 0550 0002  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few miles ahead it was impassable until it was cleared. 100 0549 0002  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few hundred yards ahead it was impassable until it was cleared. 100 3481  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few hundred yards ahead. The road was impassable until it was cleared. 100 3480  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few hundred yards ahead. The road was impassable until it was cleared. 100 3484  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few hundred yards ahead. The road was impassable until it was cleared. Bob Tacher Director of ISD, NMT.
100 3485  Road clearing operations during construction of the observatory. This portion of the road had been cleared and was drivable but a few hundred yards ahead. The road was impassable until it was cleared. Jim Shaffner Director of Facilities, NMT mro 5  John Murphy at a 20 foot snow drift which was cut through for access to the observatory construction site. mro 4  John Murphy standing beside a 20 foot snow drift which was cut through for access to the observatory construction site. mro 1  Louie Latasa Chief of New Mexico Tech Police Department about to discuuss the road clearing operation with John Murphy, loader operator. 100 3490  Bob Tacker on a construction and road clearing inspection two years before the observatory was completed. 100 3489  Mark Waggoner discusses road clearing with one of the operator
100 3488  Mark Waggoner discusses road clearing with one of the operators. img 4133  Dan Jones university architect the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony img 4122  Jim Shaffner Director of Facilities, New Mexico Tech img 4110  Yvonne Manzano Associate Director of Facilities. img 4121  Judy Lovelace attending opening day ceremonies. img 4135  Judy Lovelace attending opening day ceremonies.
img 4118  Vice President of Student & University Relations Melissa Jaramillo-Fleming  visiting with guests. img 4127 img 4082  Don Tripp, member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, Gloria Tacker and Bob Tacker Director of ISD, New Mexico Tech coming up the road for opening day festivities. img 4080  Don Tripp, member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, Gloria Tacker, owner Able Insurance Agency and Bob Tacker Director of ISD, New Mexico Tech coming up the road for opening day festivities. img 4083  Don Tripp, member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, Gloria Tacker, owner Able Insurance Agency and Bob Tacker Director of ISD, New Mexico Tech coming up the road for opening day festivities. img 4105  View of  the  telescope  opening day and testing before the ribbon cutting.
img 4092  View of  the  telescope  opening day and testing before the ribbon cutting. img 4085  View of  the  telescope  opening day and testing before the ribbon cutting. img 4084  View of  the  telescope  opening day. img 4088  View of  the  telescope  opening day and testing before the ribbon cutting. img 4087  An observatory employee testing a few hours before the ribbon cutting ceremony. img 4098  An observatory employee testing a few hours before the ribbon cutting ceremony.
img 4099  Observatory employees testing a few hours before the ribbon cutting ceremony. img 4100  Observatory employees testing a few hours before the ribbon cutting ceremony. img 4106  Observatory employee testing a few hours before the ribbon cutting ceremony. img 4093  View of the landscape from the observatory opening. img 4109  Theresa Aragon facilities supervisor viewing the observatory during opening day. img 4138  The crowd gathers just before the ribbon cutting ceremony below the observatory.
img 4151  First Light October 31, 2006.  Notice the Red ribbon on the telescope. The ribbon was seperated by a small explosive charge.