My ROR was built in 2012 by BYO. I shoulda had them install the roof motor at the time. I didn't. I can't say what possessed me to pinch pennies in the last lap. I've been content to open the roof by pushing with my legs on a cinder block at the base of the south wall. Occasional thoughts of buying the motor kit have always run aground on my fundamental disbelief that any rack-and-pinion mechanism or converted garage door opener would actually be capable of moving the roof, which must weigh at least 1000 lbs.
Things have changed. I seriously broke my right tibia on Jul 2. It was repaired with a titanium rod through the tibia and screwed to the bone. Although I'm confident that my leg will eventually return to usefulness, I consider my days of pushing the roof open with my legs to be over.
So I'm looking for advice from those who've been down this path, particularly those who own BYO observatories and who understand the standard home-construction style used by Scott. Whatever I get, it will have to be installed by someone else. I can probably get local help, since there are many handymen here in Anza, but I want to be sure I get the best kit to move this heavy roof.
In answer to an obvious question: yes, I've sent a message to Scott Horstman. We'll see what he says. But I'm going to have to consider my options.