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Opinions, please, on size of planned ROR

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#1 Astrola72

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 08:47 PM

Returning to imaging after a little time off, and I'm re-configuring things. I'm going to demo my little roll-away shed and build a small ROR shed. This will be for imaging only and will be remotely controlled. My little shed sits on a fenced-in 6'x13' deck now. I would like to keep that footprint, so 6'x6' would be the maximum size of my ROR. Although remotely controlled and imaging-only, I would still need room to swap equipment, tweak and troubleshoot. Opinions on how feasible the 6'x6' size would be?

 

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:18 PM

I have a 4x4 observatory on my roof. I only run a C8 but with a dew shield and camera hanging off the back, the thing is about 3 feet long. It actually fits in the 4x4 area but it is SO tight and I cannot move round it it much at all (and I am not big). I think the extra foot on each side (with a 6x6) would barely do it but maybe not for a longer refractor. If you can go a bit larger I think you wouldn't regret it.

 

But if that is all you can do, then go with it. My little observatory was the best investment in this hobby that I ever could have made.



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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:30 PM

I have a 4'x6' roll off shed. If I were to enlarge it to 6'x6', I could probably work on my scope but it is rather compact as it is a fork mount on a wedge. Depending on your mount, it could be tight. Getting around a long counterweight shaft could be tough especially if you have a large scope. I would recommend building a PVC frame around your equipment and cover the frame with cardboard or a tarp so you can give it a test run.

Good luck!!
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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:31 PM

I built a garage rooftop observatory 20 years and it houses a 12" LX200 SCT mounted on a wedge. The inside dimensions are 5'7" by 7'2" and the scope is used mainly for remote imaging from inside my home.

 

There's enough room inside for 2 people to observe comfortably. However, three people is really unworkable. I have plenty of room to work with the equipment and do an initial setup at the start of an observing run.

 

A small observatory should work well for your needs.

 

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#5 Astrola72

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 08:28 AM

Thanks folks. I didn't mention that there is a larger shed nearby in which I built a warm room, with power and data buried to the permanent pier in my roll away. So there will be nothing but the scope in the shed. I think I will take Chuck's advice and mock something up.

 

Joe

 

PS - skyguy - awesome! Beautiful work.




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