See my 6 of my 172 Venus Transit images further down this page.
THIS OBSERVATORY IS A STEEL!
This is my observatory and it is a steal, total cost was less than $450.00 (8' x 7' tool shed from the former Beaver lumber $300). Some may want to reinforce the walls if they copy this design, but as it is it has withstood 2 years of extreme weather. Contrary to popular opinion it has proved durable and condensation has been minimum. In a windstorm this spring the east roof which was not locked down (was secured only by the roof cap of the west roof), blew open and the leg kicked out and no damage was done. It was a bit of a shock for my brother to find the observatory open the next morning and full of snow, I was in Acapulco no snow and what I didn't know didn't worry me. Fortunately I always cover my scope just in case there is a leak. The east roof now locks to the west once it is locked down.
The only changes to the original construction plan are as follows -
the hinging of the roof at the eves with piano hinge
- not joining the peak of the roof together and adding a roof cap
- weather-stripping around the roof sill
- adding the P.T. 2 x 4 legs
- caulking interior walls to reduce noise and strengthen
- 2 lock down clamps from a tent trailer were used to lock the roof closed
My C4.5 is now mounted on a permanent pier, polar aligned and observing is a pleasure. Not having to set up early to acclimatize the equipment has removed a great deal of the frustration from the hobby. I am sure most have experienced cloud cover coming in between set-up and observing thus spoiling their night.
My observing table is made by converting a writng/eating fold-up table from Canadian Tire. The fold out legs normally slide under your chair, table sits level or angled and adjusts height.
Below are a few pictures I have taken from my observatory site and nearby. Some pics have been taken through my Celestron C4.5" and some through my Meade SN10" all using a Canon A40 digital camera.
Venus Transit June 8, 2004
My latest Venus (daylight) images taken through
my SN10" on the AFTERNOON of July 3, 2004
at the Sky is the Limit Festival in Kingston Ontario.
There are more images to come, including
those of the sunspot that delivered the most
powerful solar explosion ever recorded!
As a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Kingston Center, I invite you to visit our website at this link.