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#1 Gork

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 04:30 AM

I have had a few backyard ROR observatories that were good but I recently completed building a 10" f/4 TRUE astrograph that was just too big for my ROR.  I am too old and decrepit to haul this stuff in and out of the house so I tried this alternative and it is working super.  Cost was about $500 and a week to build (I am 76 and disabled).

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#2 Stevegeo

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 05:45 AM

Ya gotta do what works for YOU..  and  i agree it works, functional , simple and practical. 

Pull out and set up ..  easy peasy!!   Thank you for showing !! 



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Posted 04 August 2022 - 08:53 AM

It appears as though the "shed" is on wheels and rolls out of the way. Is this correct? I was considering doing something similar, but the site has really high winds and I wonder if this option would be harder to secure for windy conditions as opposed to a ROR where the roof could be strapped to the supporting structure when not in use.



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Posted 07 August 2022 - 08:14 PM

Ya gotta do what works for YOU..  and  i agree it works, functional , simple and practical. 

Pull out and set up ..  easy peasy!!   Thank you for showing !! 

Thanks for the kind words.  I have built four or five observatories over the years but it's just gotten to be too much.  This one was a bit more than I thought in this 100+ degree Arizona weather but it's DONE!  Now just gotta wait for monsoons to end.



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Posted 07 August 2022 - 08:19 PM

It appears as though the "shed" is on wheels and rolls out of the way. Is this correct? I was considering doing something similar, but the site has really high winds and I wonder if this option would be harder to secure for windy conditions as opposed to a ROR where the roof could be strapped to the supporting structure when not in use.

Your observation is correct.  I built this out of my ROR observatory that was just not big enough for my new scope.  I used the roll off rails and steel wheels from the roof of the last one to support this one.  The shed weighs about 250 so I don't think it is at risk of weather but I still tie it down with the same turnbuckles from the last roof.  Best to use inverted aluminum VEE rails and steel grooved wheels (all from Amazon.Com)




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