The Abbey Ridge Observatory shares the same software and most of the same capabilities as the Burke-Gaffney Observatory. Therefore, refer to the documentation at the BGO site as follows:

The differences between the BGO and the ARO are principally:

  • The telescope, cameras, and available filters are different - see the tech specs page
  • ARO supports communicating by Twitter, Facebook, and email (and not SMS Text)
  • The site is nearby the BGO, but much darker
  • Other than the smaller field size, their performance is similar, even though the BGO scope is much larger
  • The horizon is obstructed non-uniformly in some directions due to trees and the owner's house (the BGO is uniformly ok to 20 degrees altitude)
  • There are some differences in default settings (exposure times, etc.)