Project: Astronomy Observatory

After 6½ years in our new house, we finally began building a 10' x 14' roll-off roof observatory. Scroll down or click here to learn more about our astronomy hobby.


Watch the roof roll

Here are two videos showing the rolling roof. Each opens in a new browser window, so close it to return here.


See how we built this thing

First check out the observatory site, then the tasks needed to construct this relatively small "shed." The earliest task is at the bottom of this list, and the most recent is at the top.

Click Latest Update in the task list to check a task's most recent progress. Click From the Start to see our daily progress from the start of that task. Click your browser's Back button or press Backspace on your keyboard to return here.


Backyard Astronomy

We enjoy photographing deep-space objects in the night sky. An observatory allows the telescope and imaging equipment to remain set up and ready to go.

We're building our observatory in a large clearing 300' from our house. At night a garage door opener will roll the roof open on tracks extending from the building toward the north, and will roll it closed in the morning.

We will use the observatory to photograph deep-space objects that are invisible or appear colorless when viewed by eye through the telescope. This is the Rosette Nebula, which lies about 5,000 light years away (30 quadrillion miles).

Click here to visit our astronomy website with additional images and equipment details (opens in a new browser window; close it to come back here).

Updated April 17, 2018