Greetings CN addicts!
I am posting this thread to document my backyard observatory build. The observatory has been already built and completed, but I will post the progress here as I captured the images during the build. Doing it this way will hopefully ensure the information is correct to everyone who wishes to do the same. This build is inspired by ChrisWhite's Slide off Roof OBSY Build. Thanks Chris for all the details you provided in your build!
So, here we go...
This is my ambitious undertaking of building my backyard (actually front yard) observatory. I will be providing as much detail, including all plans, etc. if anyone else wants to know the nitty-gritty.
On July 3, I marked out the location of my 6’x8’ obsy and officially began the project. I have spoken to my direct neighbors and they are aware of the build. As a matter of fact, everyone in the neighborhood is super supportive, so I'm grateful for that!
The basics: The obsy will be 6’x8’ with a truss roof which will slide North to South. I will be pouring an 18” concrete pier with 36” concrete footing ~6 feet underground, sufficiently below the New England frost line. The concrete footing will sit on 2 inches of packed gravel, with rebar supporting both the footing and the pier itself. Once set, on top of the concrete pier, I will have my 53” high x 8" diameter steel pier bolted and exposed centrally within my obsy.
This project is just beginning, so detailed notes and pictures for each step will follow. For now, here is the roughly demarcated spot, in my front yard, where the obsy will go!