Latitude: 28o 31' 13" N. Longitude: 80o 51' 03'' W . Elevation:14.95 Feet
YTotal cost less than $500. $175 for the
8' X 6' metal Garden Shed,$100 for the slab Probably $200 misc expense.
Of course, I did all the work myself so there's a saving there.
|Well You have to start somewhere 06/11/00. Rain Clouds in the background, I hope this is not a indication of the sky to come after the Observatory is complete||This shows the location and construction of the Pier|
|Electrical, Pier and reinforcing is all ready for concrete.||Concrete Slab is in the Ground 06/17/00. Checkout the Blue Skies|
|Roof has been installed on rollers.||Roof starting to roll-off.|
|Roof in the Full back position.||Picture of the roller assembly|
|A picture of my reference table with Ebony star formica with storage below.||The Wall Quick reference charts|
|The finished product minus the grass||This is me, Proud Owner, I am glad I'm tall! Boy what legs|
|This is a picture of the 5" Celestron Comet Catcher, Orion Short Tube 80mm and Celestron C-90 on the Losmandy GM-8. The observatory really got crowded quick with the tripod.||This is a picture of the 4" dia. Steel Pier I built. I purchased a Losmandy MA adapter base and bolted it to the top of a 40" piece of 4" carbon steel sch. 40 pipe. Welded a base on and mounted it to the concrete pier that I poured the the picture above. This really finished my observatory. Just have to finish it with some indoor/outdoor carpet.|
Special Thanks To Dr. Hoffler, who has helped me, with his great knowledge and advice in Astronomy and Observatory Contruction. I have never constructed an Observatory and have very little knowledge of what is required. I am very familiar with construction and building requirements but not for Observatories
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