This weekend, I came one step closer to my dream of having a remote observatory.
The old roof shown here, doesn’t work real well. It is heavy, wood and steel. Hard to roll off. Just not capable for a remote observatory.
So, out with the old and in with the new. I figured out that the wedge shape worked far better for viewing in the north. Additionally, the frame is completely made from strut channel, so it is very strong and MUCH lighter than the old roof.
Plus, it rolls like a dream! I have to give special thanks to Ken Little, my neighbor observatory owner, for helping me disassemble the frame and re-assemble it on the tracks. Ken also has been a great sounding board for the design. It was his idea to make it the current shape. I had originally envisioned a slight wall in the front, but Ken rightly pointed out that it would add extra weight and didn’t serve any real purpose.
The final step is to put the insulation on, skin the outside with 1/4″ plywood and cover the whole thing with solar reflecting, low slope, self adhering shingles. That will add about 100lbs to the final product. It shouldn’t be a problem, because the frame as it is rolls with a single finger push.
After I attache the garage door opener, remote observing will be mine!!!
– Ex astris, scientia –
I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine. As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +