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Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory

A Complete Guide for Design and Construction

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Part of the The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Roll-Off Roof Observatory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 3-32
    3. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 33-45
    4. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 51-61
    5. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 63-76
    6. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 77-87
    7. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 89-91
    8. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 93-99
    9. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 101-109
    10. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 111-115
    11. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 117-121
    12. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 123-126
  3. The Dome Observatory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 129-147
    3. John Stephen Hicks
      Pages 149-164
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-248

About this book

Introduction

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.

 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.

Keywords

Amateur Observatory Design DIY Astronomy Construction Domed Observatory Home Astronomy Projects Observatory Building Plans Observatory Design and Construction Observatory Site Requirements Professional Observatory Roll-off Roof Observatory Step-by-step Construction

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.KeswickCanada

About the authors

John Hicks is a Canadian citizen, Professor of Urban & Regional planning, and also a qualified professional landscape architect. Based in Ontario, Canada, he is the principal owner of John Hicks & Associates, Environmental Planners and Landscape Architects, Site Planning, Park Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment. He is also a long-time amateur astronomer and has had articles published in “Astronomy,” chapters in Dickinson and Dyer’s “The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide,” and has made contributions to various other astronomy books. John is well-known as a designer of observatories and telescopes and has been an active solar observer for 30 years. Prior to writing the first edition of “Building a Roll-Off Observatory,” he created and sold observatory plans for both roll-off and domed observatory structures at major star parties and to various clients globally.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory
  • Book Subtitle A Complete Guide for Design and Construction
  • Authors John Stephen Hicks
  • Series Title The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Patrick Moore Pract.Astron.Series(formerly:Practical Astronomy)
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-3011-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-3010-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-3011-1
  • Series ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-6562
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXI, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 98 b/w illustrations, 147 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Popular Science in Astronomy
    Basics of Construction
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