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Author Hicks, John Stephen.
Title Building a roll-off roof observatory : a complete guide for design and construction / John Hicks.
Imprint New York, NY : Springer, 2009.

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Author Hicks, John Stephen.
Series Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series
Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series.
Subject Astronomical observatories -- Design and construction -- Amateurs' manuals.
Retractable roofs -- Design and construction.
Description 1 online resource (144 pages) : illustrations (some color).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- The Benefits of a Permanent Observatory -- Observatory Design Considerations -- Options for Foundation Types and Laying out the Observatory 'Footprint' -- Fabricating the Telescope Pier -- Preparing the Footings and the Obseravtory Floor -- Framing the Walls -- Framing the Gantry Section -- Fabricating the Track and Base Plate -- Framing the Roof -- Application of Steel Roofing -- Exterior and Interior Siding -- Final Luxuries.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780387766119
0387766030 (paper)
9780387766034 (paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612037740
OCLC # 318545283
Additional Format Print version: Hicks, John. Building a roll-off roof observatory. New York, NY : Springer, 2009 9780387766034 0387766030 (OCoLC)226280647

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