Protection from the Elements is one thing (Wind, Rain, Snow, etc). But what about the unpredictable nature of the nasty members of the human race. Vandalism is always a danger.
I have heard of some ROR owners that are quite a drive from their observatories. Some have solved that problem by planting various types of shrubbery and other plants to disguise their observatory in the attempt to not call attention to it.
High chain-link fences with razor wire may be a little extreme but the danger of some person(s) wanting to vandalize just for a thrill or to break inside to see if something valueable could be taken for an easy sell?
I don't know why but that seen from the extended version of the movie "Aliens" keeps popping into my head where the Sulaco survivors set up two sets of the Sentry Guns in the tunnel where the Xenomorphs were making their entry into the "Hadley's Hope" installation. Obviously this is not feasible because 1. It would be highly illegal as the legal systems frowns upon homicide 2. Those sentry guns do not exist yet 3. I would have to say this option is excessive to say the least not to mention "over-kill". But I must confess that it does have a weird, morbid fascination to it, if you happen to be a psychopath.
I believe that using various plants and shrubs would be a much safer, less sadistic and much more quieter option as I do NOT condone weapons of mass destruction. I very much value human life!
So tell me how you would protect your costly optical investment from "predators of the bi-pedal kind"?
Perhaps some sort of "stealth option" may be developed in the near future?
Clear skies and keep looking up!