A Lancashire Observatory with a Glass Fibre Dome

  • David Ratledge
Part of the Practical Astronomy book series (PATRICKMOORE)


I had built many telescopes over the years, starting with a 150 mm (6 in) Newtonian and working my way up to a 320 mm (12½ in) Newtonian by the late 1970s. The drawback with my early ones was having to carry the telescope outside and set it up before observing could begin. Equally discouraging was dismantling it at the end of a long night. My interest then was in astrophotography (it is CCDs now) and this dictated accurate polar alignment and a massive mount to carry all the astrophotography equipment that inevitably becomes attached. A permanent observatory was the obvious answer.


Glass Fibre Hemispherical Dome False Floor Final Slot Wheel Assembly 
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