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Offline OlympusMons

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #15 on: 22:56:36, 28 October, 2006 »
Hi,
    There are free plans to build a roll off roof observatory here:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Roll_Off_Roof/

Plus plenty of photos and links to manufacturers for parts etc.

To motorise your roof try here:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Observatory_RoofandDome_Automation/

Lots of ideas and software to fully remotely automate an observatory!

Regards
Stewart
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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #16 on: 20:19:11, 29 October, 2006 »
Hi

Planning one myself,  got my eye on a couple of nice sites for it, very dark and within a few minutes walk from house, I came to the conclusion that 7ft by 7ft was the minimum size, budget permitting my choice would be 8ft by 10ft.

Bill

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #17 on: 23:36:08, 19 November, 2006 »
Make it 8 feet square at the very least, 10 or more if you possibly can. You won't regret it. A circular observatory needs to be larger than this. I recommend a warm room be separate from the observatory to avoid damaging seeing.

You could look at the book More Smalll Astronomical Observatories ed. Moore, in print, published by Springer.

However I recommend you to wait for about a year until my book Setting-Up a Small Observatory is published :D in which I attempt to give a comprehensive answer to these and associated questions!
http://www.springer.com/shop/ppmmedia/ppmMedia.jsp?SGWID=4-40152-22-173665504-print_view=true

Now, I must get on with it.

David

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #18 on: 22:26:40, 22 November, 2006 »
Hi David,
             Sounds a very interesting book!

Right up my street, i love anything to do with observatories.

Will the book be about all styles of observatories ?

Regards
Stewart

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #19 on: 22:50:10, 22 November, 2006 »
I had the original book, "small astronomical observatories" by patrick Moore, but the examples in it were very dated indeed.

It certainly didn't have any influence on my own obs.

Haven't seen the the revised title that you reference David, but I would hope that its a total update, and not a re-hash of the original.

Dave
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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #20 on: 23:40:14, 22 November, 2006 »
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Will the book be about all styles of observatories ?
Yes, it will be about anything that has been found to work, with the broadest definition of "observatory". If anyone has done something unusual in this department which they feel should be brought to the attention of the reading public, please tell me about it!

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I would hope that its a total update, and not a re-hash of the original

No, it will be a completely new take on the subject, in line with what amateurs do today. I agree with the point about the datedness of some examples in the previous books.

David

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #21 on: 19:53:25, 10 December, 2006 »
After initial research I think I am going to opt for a roll off roof design, for ease of construction and the fact that a modified shed would not attract as much attention as a dome.



Many thanks for any advice.

Jonathan




Hello Jonathan,
                       Your location is fantastic and an Roll off roof would be a great compliment to your surroundings too!

You will be suprised just how small an observatory you can build these days.

Try here for lots of photos and ideas etc:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Roll_Off_Roof/

Hope this helps you!

Regards
Stewart

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #22 on: 17:11:43, 21 December, 2006 »
Hi Stewart

That's an interesting 'link', yet another Yahoo Group I've now joined!!

Always interesting to see how others go about their design and construction.

Cheers

Dave
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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #23 on: 12:40:59, 30 December, 2006 »
I'v joined too.........................B&Q have a great shed for sale £179 which could be modified for a roll off roof.

I thinks its around 7 x 7 feet so not too bad, the inside would need reinforcing but looks a good start for me, just saving the pennies up ;)
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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #24 on: 12:57:14, 30 December, 2006 »
I'v joined too.........................B&Q have a great shed for sale £179 which could be modified for a roll off roof.

I thinks its around 7 x 7 feet so not too bad, the inside would need reinforcing but looks a good start for me, just saving the pennies up ;)


Do you have a link for the B&Q shed? Couldn't find it on the website, or is it an in-store only type of thing?

The only ones I've found for a reasonable price are the metal sheds. Like this one: http://www.gardenbuildingsdirect.co.uk/Metal-Garden-Sheds/Yardmaster-GEY

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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #25 on: 14:58:33, 30 December, 2006 »
It was only in-store, i took a look on the website too and didnt find it.

Just hope they have the offer on for a long time as i need to save up.
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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #26 on: 17:39:29, 28 January, 2007 »
Hi Dave & Chris,
                         The Roll off roof observatory group has a great bunch of knowledgeable members, and now it has two more!

Check out the photos section, there are over 70 observatories pictured in it and all are unique.

I would love to see more books on this subject as there is very little out there in print about amateur observatories.

It is great to see what the amateur community is up to. With bigger scopes and mounts, like the RCX400 20" Max Mount, amateurs will be building bigger observatories than ever before!

Regards
Stewart
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Re: New Observatory
« Reply #27 on: 09:02:11, 20 June, 2008 »
Hi Jonathan,
I've built 3 observatories, all roll-off sheds. I used square section steel (2.5mm) and a MIG welder to do the joints. Don't stop reading because this is easy and cheap. I'd never done it before and practised for an hour before starting. The machine cost £150 from Machine Mart. A roll off shed is the smallest structure possible because it covers only the scope and not the observing area. The one covering my 10inch SCT measures about 1.2 metres on a side. I was careful to make sure that it was big enough not to hit the scope in any of its rest positions. You can see my observatories at www.lesgrangesastro.talktalk.net.
There's also a book by David Arditti, 'Setting up a Small Observatory'. It goes over all the options.
Olly Penrice
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