Building a “flip top” observatory

At the end of 2015 my wife and I decided to rework one corner of the garden.  This started out as a glorified shed which was half full of gardening kit and half full of telescopes.  Outside this was a decking area, with a floor hatch to a flat lump of concrete to put a my 18inch dobsonian on.obs_001

The first thing we did was remove the shed then plan out where the greenhouse and observatory would go.  I marked this out roughly with bits of wood and placed the EQ6 mount in the middle.

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The first job was to build the greenhouse (under strict orders from the missus this had to be finished before I could start on the observatory 🙁

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Once the greenhouse was complete I started on the observatory.  The plan was to construct a simple roof that folded open from the inside.  Here is the roof, two separate frames leaning against each other.

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The rest of the observatory was just a simple wooden frame (the back, north, is undercover and is where I sit with the computer).

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I then clad the outside.  The roof is placed on with large piano hinges along the left and right sides.

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When finished the roof folds open.  The left rests on a small cushion which is on the greenhouse.  The right side has a pole with a cushion on top, the missus is planning to grow roses up this.

The front of the observatory folds open like the top half of two stable doors.

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Here is the observatory closed up with the greenhouse behind.  You can also see the post on the right side to rest one half of the roof on.

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Here are some random shots of the inside.

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