The Newbrook Observatory

Replica of Sputnik 1 was the first satellite put up into space on October 7, 1957. Launched from the Baikinur COSMODROME, it was in orbit for 3 weeks.  It was a 23 inch diameter polished sphere.

from Wikipedia:
The Newbrook Observatory (a designated historic building) was built in Newbrook, Alberta, Canada by the Stellar Physics Division of the Dominion Observatory and operated as a space observatory from 1952 until 1957 [1] The observatory was equipped with a Super-Schmidt Meteor Camera, one of only six built by the Perkin-Elmer Company used to observe meteors. One of the observatory resident scientists, Art Griffen, was the first in North America to photograph the Sputnik 1 satellite (less than a week after its launch).

Tripod mount

House & outbuilding




1938 Leica fotos from 2017

Undercover cars, 2017
Eclipse through paper


Another day in paradise

Minus 30 and lovin' every minute of it  -- What was i thinking?