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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387766030

ISBN-13: 9780387766034

Pub. Date: 10/21/2008

Publisher: Springer New York

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 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

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 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, viewing requirements, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building.

The author, both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, is 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.

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)

Table of Contents

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 Observatory 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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