Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory - A Complete Guide for Design and Construction
Authors: Hicks, John Stephen
Written by a professional Senior Landscape Architect, who is also an experienced astronomer of 25 years
The author has designed and built his own observatory, as well as many others
Full scale observatories exist to demonstrate the feasibility of the designs
Full scale plans are available upon request
A "must" for anyone even contemplating building a roll-off roof or dome observatory
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 or dome 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 or Dome Observatory.
About the authors
John Hicks is a Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, and also a qualified professional landscape architect. Based in Ontario, Canada, he is the principal and owner of John Hicks & Associates, Environmental Planners and Landscape Architects, Site Planning, Park Planning & Environmental Impact Assessment. He is also a long-time amateur astronomer and has had articles published inAstronomy, chapters in Dickinson & Dyer’s The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, and has made contributions to various other astronomy books.
"The subtitle of this book–A Complete Guide for Design and Construction–perfectly describes this well-illustrated accumulation of research and personal experience. The book opens with a discussion of the pros and cons of roll-off roof and domed observatories, and there are strong points made for both types. … The time saved researching so much information makes this an extremely valuable resource to anyone considering building their own observatory–whatever design you choose." (Mark Parrish, Sky at Night Magazine, July, 2009)
"The author of this book has been selling plans and advising people on how to build roll-off-roof observatories for many years. … He then proceeds to give detailed advice as to how to deal with everything from planning applications to the construction itself. …Would I recommend the book? Yes." (Norman Walker, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1211), August, 2009)