My Heavens

The Adventures of a Lonely Stargazer Building an Over-the-Top Observatory

  • Gordon Rogers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pages 1-6
  3. Pages 7-14
  4. Pages 23-50
  5. Pages 85-91
  6. Pages 93-119
  7. Pages 163-167
  8. Pages 169-174
  9. Pages 175-177
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 179-180

About this book


Perhaps you are already a stargazer using a small telescope you bring out to your back yard on clear nights. Perhaps you have a larger telescope that is mounted outside and protected from inclement weather. Perhaps you just dream of someday owning a fancy telescope set-up and turning it skyward to view the neighboring planets and moons of the Solar System or the stars that wink at you from millions of miles away.

Whether you might want to undertake building an over-the-top dome observatory yourself or not, you are sure to enjoy this informative tale by Gordon Rogers, told with humor and humility, of his torturous but ultimately rewarding experience with building for himself, attached to his own home, a fancy and sophisticated dome observatory, just for the pleasure of sky watching on beautiful nights (of which there are far too few in England!). Read about all the thinking and planning that went into this venture, and the options considered and rejected. Read about the choices and mistakes made along the way. Finally, read and discover the joys of sky watching using state-of-the-art equipment, and share in the author’s frustrations and triumphs as he completed this project of a lifetime.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Gordon Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.The Crendon ObservatoryEngland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-73781-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-73783-6
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