D Little Observatory
A New Beginning
At the end of July 2021, the Southland Astronomical Society INC was generously donated a small backyard Observatory. This building was donated by David Little, both a life member of the Society and likely one of our founding members. As well as a keen interest in aviation, going so far as to build a small aircraft of his own, David always had a keen passion for astronomy. This building was one of two Observatories he had on his property. The other has gone with David to a local rest home.
This generous donation will allow the Society to grow and supply a more dedicated service and to put down roots at our current location at Links Road, Sandy Point.
Since the closure of our original building, the Southland Savings Bank Observatory in 2017 the Society has aimed for a new building. This opportunity before us is too good to let pass by. We are working with the Invercargill City Council, and many other local partners to ensure we have the D Little Observatory up and running by the start of April 2022.
Help Support and Community
As we begin this project the Southland Astronomical Society would like to thank those community groups, funding organisations and companies that have offered us help in getting this project off the ground. This project would not be happening with out them. As we move along in the project we will introduce the new helping hands, as they become involved, here.
From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of the astronomical community in Southland we would like to thank the following groups;
ILT Foundation: Supplying funding for the restoration and upgrading of the D Little Observatory and shelter.
ICC Community Wellbeing Fund: Supplying funding for the restoration and upgrading of the D Little Observatory and shelter.
Mitre10 Mega Invercargill: Supplying materials, tools and funding towards the restoration and upgrading of the D Little Observatory and shelter.
Resene: Supplying paint and painting supplies for both the shelter and the D Little Observatory.
TrueSouth Survey Services: Supply topographic work for the new site and aid in aligning the plinth and telescope.
KM-MEC: Supplying time, advice, foundation design work and geotechnical assessments for the observatory's new location.
Jaycar: Supply of security surveillance system and weather station.
The First Update