Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory: A Complete Guide for Design and Construction / Edition 1

Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory: A Complete Guide for Design and Construction / Edition 1

by John Stephen Hicks
     
 

Almost every amateur astronomer who has taken the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use and avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today’s practical

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Overview

Almost every amateur astronomer who has taken the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use and avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today’s practical astronomers.

Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory is unique, covering all aspects of designing a roll-off roof observatory: planning the site, requirements for viewing, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building.

The author is both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, and thus is almost uniquely qualified to write this fully-detailed book . A professionally designed roll-off observatory could cost as much as $3000 just for the plans – which are provided free with Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory!

Real, existing buildings have been built from these plan-sets, with photographs to show how they turned out. At present there is no published book with the same degree of detail and expertise that this text offers the amateur astronomer. Full-size prints of the plans are available from the author, along with a bespoke design service if needed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387766034
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Series:
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

John Hicks is a Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, and also a qualified professional landscape architect. Based in Ontario, Canada, he is the principal and owner of John Hicks & Associates, Environmental Planners and Landscape Architects, Site Planning, Park Planning & Environmental Impact Assessment. He is also a long-time amateur astronomer and has had articles published in Astronomy, chapters in Dickinson & Dyer’s The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, and has made contributions to various other astronomy books.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- The Benefits of a Permanent Observatory.- Observatory Design Considerations.- Options for Foundation Types and Laying out the Observatory 'Footprint'.- Fabricating the Telescope Pier.- Preparing the Footings and the Obseravtory Floor.- Framing the Walls.- Framing the Gantry Section.- Fabricating the Track and Base Plate.- Framing the Roof.- Application of Steel Roofing.- Exterior and Interior Siding.- Final Luxuries.

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