Setting-up a Small Observatory: From Concept to Construction

  • David Arditti

Part of the Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. David Arditti
    Pages 1-30
  3. David Arditti
    Pages 31-41
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    Pages 43-62
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    Pages 63-67
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    Pages 69-83
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    Pages 85-88
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    Pages 89-98
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    Pages 99-112
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    Pages 113-185
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 219-235

About this book


Every amateur astronomer who is considering a purpose-built observatory will find this book absolutely invaluable during both the planning and the construction stages. Drawing on David Arditti’s practical experience and that of many other amateur astronomers, it gives invaluable help in making all the important decisions.

To begin with, Setting up a Small Observatory addresses what you really need from an observatory, whether to build or buy, what designs you should consider, and where you should site it. Uniquely, it also considers the aesthetics of an amateur observatory: how to make it fit in with your home, garden, and yard, even disguising it as a more common garden building if necessary.

There’s also a wealth of practical details for constructing and equipping your small observatory – everything from satisfying local planning laws and building codes through to making sure that your completed observatory is well-equipped, convenient, and comfortable to use.

Whether you are considering a simple low-tech DIY approach to a fixed observatory, or aspiring to a sophisticated domed building, there is something here for you.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David Arditti
    • 1
  1. 1.British Astronomical AssociationUK

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