Friday, June 8, 2012
I'm hoping to begin work on the observatory very soon. As you can see in the pic above, the site has been roughly leveled. The shed I will be converting is shown in the pic below. It's an Arrow shed (10' x 12'), which is available here in the US for less then $500.
The idea for this build came from "Tulit," a member of the Cloudy Nights astronomy forum. The idea is brilliantly simple. You build 3 identical frames for the shed. One fits on top of the walls; the roof is built on the second frame, which has castors attached. The third frame extends in the direction of the roof roll-off and is on supports that are leveled with deck levelers. I will provide pix as the build continues, but I believe Tulit's approach offers a very inexpensive way for anyone to build an observatory (for example, a 10' x 8' would cost less than $500, complete).