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Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory: A Complete Guide for Design and Construction

Handbook / ManualOut of Print

Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

By: John Hicks

144 pages, 130 illus


Paperback | Aug 2008 | #175214 | ISBN-13: 9780387766034
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About this book

Almost every practical astronomer who takes 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 will help you decide whether to embark on the venture and will certainly provoke your enthusiasm for the project.

The author, both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, answers many of the common questions asked around observatory construction covering the following topics:

* Site planning, zoning, and by-law requirements common to most states, towns and municipalities
* Opportunities for locating the observatory
* Tailoring the observatory for your particular use
* Tools and structural components required to build it
* Variations in footing design to suit your soil conditions
* Variations possible in design through photographs from owners throughout USA and Canada
* Opportunity to utilize the structure for in combination with others - (incorporating a Garden patio under the gantry for example).

This fully-detailed book outlines step-by-step construction and the accompanying CD-R provides complete, professional, detailed diagrams for each phase of construction.


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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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.

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