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Almost every practical astronomer who takes the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use and avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today's practical astronomers. Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory will help you decide whether to embark on the venture and will certainly provoke your enthusiasm for the project. The author, both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, answers many of the common questions asked around observatory construction covering the following topics: Site planning, zoning, and by-law requirements common to most states, towns and municipalities Opportunities for locating the observatory Tailoring the observatory for your particular use Tools and structural components required to build it Variations in footing design to suit your soil conditions Variations possible in design through photographs from owners throughout USA and Canada Opportunity to utilize the structure for in combination with others-(incorporating a Garden patio under the gantry for example) This fully-detailed book outlines step-by-step construction . A professionally designed roll-off observatory could cost as much as $3000 just for these plans - which are provided with Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory.

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This unique volume covers all aspects of designing a roll-off roof observatory: planning the site, viewing requirements, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building.

Synopsis:

Almost every amateur astronomer who has taken the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use and avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today's practical astronomers. Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory is unique, covering all aspects of designing a roll-off roof observatory: planning the site, requirements for viewing, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building. The author is both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, and thus is almost uniquely qualified to write this fully-detailed book . A professionally designed roll-off observatory could cost as much as $3000 just for the plans - which are provided free with Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory! Real, existing buildings have been built from these plan-sets, with photographs to show how they turned out. At present there is no published book with the same degree of detail and expertise that this text offers the amateur astronomer. Full-size prints of the plans are available from the author, along with a bespoke design service if needed.

About the Author

John Hicks is a Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, and also a qualified professional landscape architect. Based in Ontario, Canada, he is the principal and owner of John Hicks & Associates, Environmental Planners and Landscape Architects, Site Planning, Park Planning & Environmental Impact Assessment. He is also a long-time amateur astronomer and has had articles published in Astronomy, chapters in Dickinson & Dyer's The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, and has made contributions to various other astronomy books.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- The Benefits of a Permanent Observatory.- Observatory Design Considerations.- Options for Foundation Types and Laying out the Observatory 'Footprint'.- Fabricating the Telescope Pier.- Preparing the Footings and the Obseravtory Floor.- Framing the Walls.- Framing the Gantry Section.- Fabricating the Track and Base Plate.- Framing the Roof.- Application of Steel Roofing.- Exterior and Interior Siding.- Final Luxuries.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387766034
Author:
Hicks, John
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Hicks, John Stephen
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Industrial Design - General
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - General
Subject:
Astronomical observatories
Subject:
Retractable roofs - Design and construction
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Home Observatory
Subject:
Observatory Design and Construction
Subject:
Practical Astronomy
Subject:
Roll-Off Roof Observatory
Subject:
Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
Subject:
Popular Science in Astronomy
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
Engineering design
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
B
Subject:
Physics and Astronomy
Subject:
Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2009
Series:
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Publication Date:
20081119
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
254 x 178 mm

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"Synopsis" by , This unique volume covers all aspects of designing a roll-off roof observatory: planning the site, viewing requirements, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building.
"Synopsis" by , Almost every amateur astronomer who has taken the pursuit to its second level aspires to a fixed, permanent housing for his telescope, permitting its rapid and comfortable use and avoiding hours of setting-up time for each observing session. A roll-off roof observatory is the simplest and by far the most popular observatory design for today's practical astronomers. Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory is unique, covering all aspects of designing a roll-off roof observatory: planning the site, requirements for viewing, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building. The author is both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, and thus is almost uniquely qualified to write this fully-detailed book . A professionally designed roll-off observatory could cost as much as $3000 just for the plans - which are provided free with Building a Roll-off Roof Observatory! Real, existing buildings have been built from these plan-sets, with photographs to show how they turned out. At present there is no published book with the same degree of detail and expertise that this text offers the amateur astronomer. Full-size prints of the plans are available from the author, along with a bespoke design service if needed.
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