I’m planning to build a remote Obs in the Middle East. Cairo to be specific.
So, roughly 30.° N, 31.° E
By remote, I meant the country in relation to London, UK.
The Obs will be in a gated compound, about 30 miles west of Cairo, bortle 7ish. It’s the best I can do.
The main advantage is virtually no rain, minimal cloud, and September to May weather is great. June to August it gears HOT, like 36-40C daytime and 25-30C nighttime.
I’m still not settled on dome vs ROR, but since this kind of service is non existent in the country, it will have to be a complete DIY 100%, so dome might be difficult, as there are no companies that will make or sell a dome.
The Villa has a garden that is about 25m x 20m.
If I choose a corner in the garden, the villa will obscure the lower altitudes of the WESTERN sky.
I am thinking of building a ROR on TOP of the villa, on the roof? Is that doable, and if possible, what do I need to take into consideration?
If I go with the roof, I will have 360 clear skies. Also power and internet will be much easier.
Construction is Egypt is 100% concrete with metal rods inside (not sure what to call that), so buildings are very very sturdy. The roof can take any weight, according to the architect anyway.
Do I need to orient the ROR in any particular N/S or E/W direction?
Since it’s on a concrete roof, will a heavy hollow concrete filled steel pillar bolted to the floor be OK? There will be no one walking on the roof, so there shouldn't be any transmitted vibrations?
So many questions, and would appreciate the advice.
Edited by Oscar Szentirmai, 17 April 2021 - 07:39 AM.