Welcome to a journey into our Universe with Dr Dave, amateur astronomer and astrophotographer for over 40 years. Astro-imaging, image processing, space science, solar astronomy and public outreach are some of the stops in this journey!
Completed sliding roof structure. Metal roof with as low a pitch as possible to minimize obstruction. Peak is about 4″. The door opens in but does not interfere with the scope during operation. This was necessary due to the occasional high winds up here that could conceivably blow an outfacing door off of the hinges! The posts are 4×4 bolted on concrete pilons.
The Hut is now ready for use! Some cosmetic issues remain. Siding on the sides of the roof, painting etc, but the roof works and there is power. Now equipment can be assembled.
Roof is looked down with 4 turnbuckes in each corner hooked on eyebolts. It is fairly lightweight and can easily be opened manually
Pier is bolted down onto the J-bolts. Leveler is used to check the pier mounting surface. I use a 1/4″ layer of Sorbethane between the base of the pier and the cement surface for vibration damping. You can see there is a standard outlet on the wall in the background
Roof open to the East
Utility shelf for laptop etc. This was placed behind the door on the East wall
Panorama South, West, North. Of course, you must decorate your new home with recent images!