Observatory Build – Part 7

I think this will be the last post entitled “Observatory Build” as it is now built! I had three friends around at the weekend and we just about managed to get the roof on between us. I borrowed a hefty trolley from work which made getting down the side of the house and to the end of the garden doable. I think it would have been impossible without. The roof went around the corner easily, I had been very worried that it wouldn’t make it.

So here it is with the roof on, guttering fitted etc. The previous owner had a water butt on the other side hence the truncated downpipe. I’m going to deck the area under the runoff in the spring and I will have a water butt too. I will also replace the vertical posts with longer ones and brace them more attractively.

Observatory built
Observatory built

Since the weekend I’ve finished off the walls inside, temporarily set up the cupboards and started wiring up the electrics. I’m going to order the new telescope and mount soon so I can buy the right height pier and get that installed.

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John Talbot

The main protagonist behind this nonsense. The website title is inspired by the lyrics of the B-side to Lily the Pink by The Scaffold. "The buttons of your mind were difficult to find and my fingers far too clumsy."

3 thoughts on “Observatory Build – Part 7”

  1. As a complete novice, I see one problem with the Observatory… how do you observe stuff, I don’t see any windows or holes if the roof?

  2. Good question! The observatory has a roll-off roof. It has wheels on it and moves as one piece to the left in the picture on metal tracks you can see on the horizontal beams. It’s bolted down when not in use and when you want to observe you unbolt it and slide it onto the beams out of the way! You then have an unobscured view. The telescope parks in a horizontal position, when you are observing you will see it sticking out above the walls.

  3. Ahh, clever stuff, it makes perfect sense now. Although I keep reading telescope as Tallescope. Google it, its what I use at work all the time to reach the lights to focus them, it’s a bit scary when it’s fully extended, actually it’s more than a bit scary!

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