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Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory: A Complete Guide for Design and Construction [Paperback]

John Stephen Hicks

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Dec 11 2008 0387766030 978-0387766034 2009

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 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, viewing requirements, conforming to by-laws, and orientation of the structure. The chapters outline step-by-step construction of a typical building.

The author, both an amateur astronomer and professional landscape architect, is 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.


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"The subtitle of this book–A Complete Guide for Design and Construction–perfectly describes this well-illustrated accumulation of research and personal experience. The book opens with a discussion of the pros and cons of roll-off roof and domed observatories, and there are strong points made for both types. … The time saved researching so much information makes this an extremely valuable resource to anyone considering building their own observatory–whatever design you choose." (Mark Parrish, Sky at Night Magazine, July, 2009)

"The author of this book has been selling plans and advising people on how to build roll-off-roof observatories for many years. … He then proceeds to give detailed advice as to how to deal with everything from planning applications to the construction itself. …Would I recommend the book? Yes." (Norman Walker, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1211), August, 2009)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Interested in Building Their Own Observatory May 3 2009
By Kenny - Published on Amazon.com
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If you own a large telescope, you'll want an observatory for it so you won't have to set it up every time you want to use it. (You know what I mean!) If you have plenty of money, there are many nice observatories to choose from, but if you are on a budget, then building a roll-off roof observatory is probably your best option for utility and cost.

Hick's book is based to a large extent on his own observatory, but the general principles and advice that he gives can be transferred to other designs. The book is well-written, clear and with pictures and drawings. I took off one star because it is focused on one design - the author's own observatory, but that should not deter anyone that is interested in the topic. His design serves as an example to start at. If you are considering possibly building your own roll-off roof observatory then this book should be on your shelf. (You should also check out [...] for more information on roll-off roofs.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Observatory review Oct. 16 2010
By Gary T - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great source of information about the subject. It is well illustrated and the text correctly references the pictures. There is helpful information about location, design, and other things you might not have though about. I highly reccomend this book to anyone considering building a backyard observatory. It also comes with a CD that contains all the illustrations in the text along with detailed plans for construction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ BEFORE YOU BUILD Feb. 1 2013
By Eric Rachut - Published on Amazon.com
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If you tire of setting up all the time, you'll opt for an observatory. That means a roll-off, unless you live in the tundra and want a dome's protection from winds in the wintertime. Roll-offs are cheap, easy to construct and allow star-hopping.
I've had two built - the second by a contractor using this book and it is a joy.
If you explore online, and anybody planning an observatory is going to do that, you will find that despite the copyright, this entire book can be downloaded from a (Red) Chinese source. Don't lose your soul.
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but common sense inside, 'Plans' nothing but included ... July 23 2014
By User - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing but common sense inside, 'Plans' nothing but included figures in the text. Bought it 'Used' and still wasn't worth it
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll-off roof Observatory book Jan. 6 2014
By Dean A. Glace - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent detail on the construction of a roll off roof observatory. Including all the drawings necessary to build this observatory. Also would allow the modifications if you were going to change the size of the building.

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