Since then I have acquired many more (and much larger) instruments, but unfortunately don’t get to use them as much as I would like due to the time and effort in setting them up and taking them down.
So now I have commenced the building of the long-dreamed-of observatory, dedicated to the memory of my mother and father, who steadfastly encouraged and supported my astronomical interests. But since the Helen Rose and Vernon Arthur Yoesle Memorial Observatory sounds a bit formal and awkward, I have decided to name it the Mom And Dad -- or MAD -- Observatory. It’s about the size of a small garage, located in a clearing at 2100 ft. (640 m) elevation near my house in a Ponderosa Pine forest.
My design goal was for a large enough building to mount and house two fairly large optical tube assemblies - a C14 on a Cave Observatory mount with auxiliary instruments on one, and a fork mounted solar patrol multi-scope configuration on the other. I also wanted a roll-off-roof design open to the grandeur of the sky, along with an insulated warm room and plenty of storage. I came up with the plan below, which uses a split-roof design with a main observing floor 16 feet (4.9 m) east-west and 12 feet (3.7 m) north-south. The two piers with mountings should still be able to observe below the celestial pole, and I am also considering using lifting columns to make observation of overhead objects easier. I have plenty of clearance of the southern horizon with a south wall height of only ~ 5 feet (~ 1.5 m).
HWH Construction (Hippies with Hammers – sort of goes with MAD doesn’t it?) built my house and I was very impressed with their quality and ethics. So considering my lack of ability for such a large construction project, they received the go-ahead to start construction earlier this month.
As this observatory progresses, I will make additions to this thread.
Mom and Dad / Observatory sketch.