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

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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 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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