We have finally broken ground on our backyard observatory, located near St. Michaels, Maryland. Plans generally follow BYO's CJE1 design. The observatory will house our 14" EdgeHD on a CGE Pro mount. It will be completely networked and ultimately capable of remote operation. Viewing is generally unrestricted except to the west where some tall trees 100' away interfere with the horizon. The nearest light source, other than on our property, is about 1500' away.
The Omega 2 telescope pier will be bolted to a 3'x 3' x 4' rebar and fiber reinforced concrete foundation, completely isolated from the rest of the structure.
Initial viewing will focus on planetary objects but once we get an autoguider installed we plan to get into deep space AP. That is our project for next year.
Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated.