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#1 jrkirkham

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Posted 03 April 2020 - 11:05 PM

I have a Skyshed POD on a deck about three and a half miles from home. I am considering adding a warm room near the observatory. I am considering a small garden shed. I am looking at an 8x12 Barn with two small lofts, a 6' door, and no windows. My thought is to turn the lofts into bunks for sleeping. On the ground floor I am considering a desk with a couple of folding chairs. I have a small heating system that runs off a 20 lb propane tank. I plan to keep it off grid, but may add solar power later. I do plan to eventually insulate. At first I just want to put the building up, then finish it off later.I plan to keep it small and on skids to make it easier to heat and to avoid property tax.

 

Before I move much more on this I thought I would write out my ideas and see what advice others may have. Does anyone have anything like that? If so, what do you like about it? What don't you like? What advice do you have? What would you do over?



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Posted 04 April 2020 - 12:43 AM

First thought would be to build it into an enclosed trailer rather than a garden shed if the other potential uses are interesting.


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Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:50 AM

Are your aims visual, astrophotography, or both? 

 

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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:10 AM

I'd put at least one window, and put a metal roll up shutter on it. Two would be better to at least get a cross breeze. I have a 12x12 warm room, it's more of a guest cabin, telescope control rooms are in each dome/ROR. 


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 09:51 AM

Thank you everyone. I found a good deal on a small 8'x12' garden shed on skids. It is shaped like a small barn with two 4' x 8' lofts. I plan to make bunks out of the lofts.  I plan to put two windows  in it for ventilation. I plan to insulate it and use a small propane heater. My plan is to use a solar panel and batteries to power the shed and SKyShed POD observatory next to it. I hope to make it something like Michael just posted. 



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Posted 10 April 2020 - 12:00 PM

I also made an insulated door "airlock" connecting the warm room and the dome room. Just have to watch your head.smash.gif

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