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This is a view from the SW taken from my neighbour's field a few years ago.  I have other views which I'll sort out and post later.  The apex roof is the ROR and rolls back along rails.  On the south side about a third of the wall rolls off with the roof.  The south running rail is supported on a horizontal timber and vertical post (varnished mahogany).

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There are very long threads of my observatory build "in another place" and I need to do a lot of pruning before I post the build process on here but I will post here in due course.

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Here are some photos of my completed observatory.  I'll sort out and post some details of the build later.

I'll start with some photos of the observatory taken a few years ago. From the north looking roughly south and then from the south at various angles.

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On a lovely sunny day in May 2015, I hopped over the electric fences into my neighbour's field and took some more photos of the south side and ends of my observatory, showing the east wall flap/window.

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I guess those who haven't followed my observatory build in another place may be interested in seeing some photos and explanations here.  Unfortunately, a lot of my photos were stored on an online site and got lost but I have some still.  Anyway, I don't think too much detail would be appropriate so I will do a précis of the build to post here.

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Been looking at build thread elsewhere and the vast majority of photos are on PhotoBucket and emblasoned with their logo ?   I have found this image of the observatory part built.

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There are lots of photos of clearing the site, digging out and pouring the reinforced concrete block and pier. Here are a few examples.

The hole for the block, about 700mm square and 600mm deep.

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This is the floor plan.  Six poured concrete blocks 2ft square and 1ft deep form the foundations, seated on the clay layer.  Then 3 second hand heavy barn roof beams 7" x 3"  sit on the blocks (with damp proofing on top of blocks) held down with fastenings embedded in the concrete.  We are on the SE side of a hill and have strong winds at times.  On top of the beams are joists screwed down with heavy duty long wood screws.  Noggins are fastened in between the joists at around 16" apart.   (There's an extra red line in this diagram and I don't remember what it means. ? )

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Hi Gina,

It’s going to be fun seeing this retrospective of your observatory build. I took a few images of my build back in 2016, thinking that I might write a blog, but have never done anything with them. Maybe I’ll dig them out and put them up on this new forum.

Geof

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Posted by: @geoflewis

Hi Gina,

It’s going to be fun seeing this retrospective of your observatory build. I took a few images of my build back in 2016, thinking that I might write a blog, but have never done anything with them. Maybe I’ll dig them out and put them up on this new forum.

Geof

Please do Geof, I know a lot of people love reading about observatory builds.  I certainly do.

 

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