Hi all --
I bought a lot at a beach in Delaware, designed a house with an architect, and site work will start in a few weeks. The house will have a 14x14 feet roof-top deck I want to put my telescope on. I will mostly do astrophotography and occasional visual observations when we have guests. Skies are pretty dark at this remote beach, Bortle 4, no streetlights, no town within a 10 miles radius.
The architect's renderings have a tiled floor, sofas, a fire put, etc, but in reality it'll just be an empty wooden deck.
What do you think I could put up there? I was thinking about permanently installing a steel or aluminum pier and securing it to the deck, and have a quality mount permanently on the pier, protected by some wooden enclosure? Maybe put another deck sitting on rubber pads on top of the deck to minimize vibrations. At night it'll just be me on the deck, so not many vibrations.
Curious to hear what you think, thanks!