Hello, I'm in the process of planning a new RoR observatory project to begin next spring. My choice of RoR is largely because the aesthetics of a dome don't really fit well with the cottage. Without a permit I can build a 12x10. I've been socializing the plan with neighbours and they're looking forward to seeing it.
I've bought the SkyShed plans and will use them as the basis but I do want to do a few things differently. I'm interested in feedback on these things and anything else. My property is in a Bortle ~3 zone, near a small lake and in a northern climate (north of Ottawa).
Here's the changes I'm contemplating:
1) Concrete pad for the base rather than patio stones. More expensive but more stable. 4-6" deep
2) Aluminum siding rather than pine exterior walls. More or less mandated by the CFO. Will require 4x8 sheeting for structural integrity. Probably cost neutral
3) No windows or planter boxes. Also mandated by the CFO. No windows means more security
4) The big one for me. 2 piers. One for astrophotography one for visual/EAA. The scopes I have today will fit (9.25" SCT, 4" refractor) but of course that should change....
Please let me know what you think