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Fence post framework

Building a Small Imaging Observatory – Foundations

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series A Small Imaging Observatory

In this post, we’ll get started on the foundations and framework for my roll-off roof back garden observatory. In the previous post, I finished building the telescope pier and now it’s time to enclose it. The Framework When planning this observatory, I considered a number of construction options. Many people buy a wooden, plastic or […]

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Ready-mix concrete

Building a Small Imaging Observatory – The Pier

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series A Small Imaging Observatory

In this post, I’ll explain how I finished building the concrete pier for my roll-off roof back garden observatory. In the previous post, I covered the groundwork for the pier, and this time I will explain the process of building it. In the Mix The pier foundation and pier are constructed from concrete, as are […]

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DIY Solar Seeing Monitor

DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor (SSSM)

In this post, I’ll provide a step-by-step guide to building an inexpensive Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor. The SSSM is a handy device which monitors the atmospheric seeing conditions during solar imaging. This SSSM can be built for a fraction of the cost of commercially available devices. You can use the SSSM to monitor seeing conditions through the day, […]

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DIY Laptop Shade

DIY Laptop Shade / Dew Shield

In this post, I will explain how to build a dual-purpose laptop shade / dew shield for a cost of approximately £20 (GBP). As explained in Dew Formation and Prevention, the simplest way to prevent dew forming on equipment is to shield it from direct exposure to the night sky. Using this shield will help to […]

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