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The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series

Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory

A Complete Guide for Design and Construction

Authors: Hicks, John Stephen

  • Expanded to include instructions on how to build an environmentally friendly, durable domed observatory
  • Observatory  of both kinds available for purchase directly from the author
  • Outlines step-by-step construction of a typical building, with detailed diagrams for each phases of construction
  • The author has designed and built his own observatory, as well as many others
  • Written by a professional Senior Landscape Architect, who is also an experienced astronomer of 25 years
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eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3011-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3010-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

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.

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.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • The Benefits of a Permanent Observatory

    Hicks, John Stephen

    Pages 3-32

  • Observatory Design Considerations

    Hicks, John Stephen

    Pages 33-45

  • Options for Foundation Types and Laying Out the Observatory “Footprint”

    Hicks, John Stephen

    Pages 47-50

  • Fabricating the Telescope Pier

    Hicks, John Stephen

    Pages 51-61

  • Preparing the Footings and the Observatory Floor

    Hicks, John Stephen

    Pages 63-76

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3011-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3010-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory
Book Subtitle
A Complete Guide for Design and Construction
Authors
Series Title
The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-3011-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-3011-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3010-4
Series ISSN
1431-9756
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXI, 248
Number of Illustrations and Tables
98 b/w illustrations, 147 illustrations in colour
Topics