Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory

A Complete Guide for Design and Construction

  • John Stephen Hicks

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Roll-Off Roof Observatory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 3-32
    3. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 33-45
    4. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 51-61
    5. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 63-76
    6. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 77-87
    7. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 89-91
    8. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 93-99
    9. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 101-109
    10. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 111-115
    11. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 117-121
    12. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 123-126
  3. The Dome Observatory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 129-147
    3. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 149-164
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-248

About this book

Introduction

Almost every practical astronomer eventually aspires to have a fixed, permanent observatory for his or her telescope. A roll-off roof or dome observatory is the answer for the most popular home observatory design.

 Almost every practical astronomer eventually aspires to have a fixed, permanent observatory for his or her telescope. A roll-off roof or dome observatory is the answer for the most popular home observatory design. Building a Roll-Off or Dome Observatory will help you decide whether to embark on the venture and will certainly increase your enthusiasm for the project.

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

• Zoning, and by-law requirements common to most states, towns and municipalities

• Where to locate the observatory

• How to tailor the observatory for your particular needs

• Tools and structural components required

• Possible variations in design

• How to combine the structure with other structures (incorporating a garden patio under the gantry in

the roll-off roof observatory, for example)

This fully detailed outlines step-

by-step construction, with professional detailed diagrams for each phase of construction.

Keywords

Amateur Observatory Design DIY Astronomy Construction Domed Observatory Home Astronomy Projects Observatory Building Plans Observatory Design and Construction Observatory Site Requirements Professional Observatory Roll-off Roof Observatory Step-by-step Construction

Authors and affiliations

  • John Stephen Hicks
    • 1
  1. 1.KeswickCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-3011-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-3010-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-3011-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6562
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