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Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory

A Complete Guide for Design and Construction

Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory by John Stephen Hicks
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Almost every practical astronomer eventually aspires to have a fixed, permanent observatory for his or her telescope. A roll-off roof or dome observatory is the answer for the most popular home observatory design. Building a Roll-Off or Dome Observatory will help you decide whether to embark on the venture and will certainly increase your enthusiasm for the project.

The author, both an amateur astronomer and a professional landscape architect, answers many of the common questions asked about observatory construction, covering the following topics:

• Zoning, and by-law requirements common to most states, towns and municipalities

• Where to locate the observatory

• How to tailor the observatory for your particular needs

• Tools and structural components required

• Possible variations in design

• How to combine the structure with other structures (incorporating a garden patio under the gantry in

the roll-off roof observatory, for example)

This fully detailed outlines step-by-step construction, with professional detailed diagrams for each phase of construction.

Springer New York; November 2015
258 pages; ISBN 9781493930111
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Title: Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory
Author: John Stephen Hicks
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