Project: Astronomy Observatory

After 6½ years in our new house, we finally began building a 10' x 14' roll-off roof observatory. This is what it will look like.

Animation from the plan drawing
Today's view

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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).

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Updated March 13, 2018