With either POD or NEX in mind (...fill in other similar dome solutions of your choice) I would like to engineer a deck in the backyard. While information to build decks abound on the internet, I have a unique backyard scenario that requires bit more (deck) engineering than usual.
Most observatory decks I have seen are ground level (with varying heights) where ground underneath is somewhat level. I have a situation in the backyards where ground is 'not' level and has somewhat of a steep grade to it.
That't not all; I would also like to cover pier engineering under similar circumstance and expand the discussion to include building a warming solution (e.g., a shed on the deck) for extreme winter conditions, and cover other scenarios that mitigate deck vibrations for any outside-the-observatory viewings. Note: This is in addition to the pier inside the observatory which is also detached from the deck.
In short, I need you help to build a deck that encompasses but not limited to the following:
1. POD or NEX or other similar dome on the deck
2. A warming shed on the deck, but detached from the obervatory
3. An observing area outside the dome (a second pier or tripod area of sort) that is NOT affected by deck vibrations
4. POD or NEX on the deck will be primarily dedicated to DSO imaging at medium or longer FLs
5. While I envision a separate warming shed on the deck, I am open to discussing novel and advanced ideas to adding/extending a warming chamber to POD or NEX that wouldn't affect observatory operations. Kind of a rat hole type solution that leads to a heated extension that doesn't affect observatory milieu.
6. All of this has to be compact enough so that such a deck project doesn't turn into a project that its NOT
7. While warming shed is going to be really compact, it potentially could be used to control observatory operations if needed
8. I am NOT looking for observatory automation or remote operation per se, just having a warm space to shelter-in while managing manual operations at the observatory
9. Observing area on the deck (...outside the observatory) is a very limited space that potentially could be used for small out reach programs of visual observing kind, be it one person at a time
10. As you can tell, whole deck area is going to be quite compact, all structures on the deck also quite compact but main idea is to design some real solutions along the way. and in a budget and scale most could manage
Thanks in advance for your participation; I am hoping we can get very creative with such a project and take backyard imaging/observing to a new level!
Note: More on the deck dimensions, deck design, and area geography next...