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Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory: A Complete Guide for Design and Construction Paperback – Nov 19 2008
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From the reviews:
"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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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.)
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.
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