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Setting-Up a Small Observatory From Concept to Construction

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ISBN-10: 0387345213

ISBN-13: 9780387345215

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Arditti, Patrick Moore

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This is the book to tell the intermediate-level amateur astronomer what he needs to know about observatories. It draws on the authors practical experience and that of many other experienced amateur astronomers. It is an ideal complement to Patrick Moores More Small Astronomical Observatories which is a compendium of ideas for different observatory designs. Setting-up a Small Observatory covers the details of design, siting and construction once a basic type has been decided upon. It is written in a way that is equally applicable to the USA and UK (where there are slightly different building regulations) and deals with matters that are basic to building and commissioning any amateur…    
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 12/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 235
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Telescopes and Techniques
What is an Observatory?
Of Telescopes and Allied Equipment
Visual, Film or Electronic Observing?
A Summary of the Options
The Observatory Site
Selecting the Best Site
How Large Should It Be?
Environmental Considerations
Statutory Planning Requirements and Building Codes
Types of Observatories
A Fully-Portable Setup
Removable Telescopes with a Fixed Mounting
Run-Off Sheds
Run-Off Roof Observatories
Domed Observatories
Totally-Rotating Observatories
Novel Designs
To Build or To Buy?
Costs of DIY and Ready-Made Observatories
Adapting Commercially-Made Outbuildings
Employing Others to Build Your Observatory
Techniques of Construction
Foundations and Stability
Materials and Joining Them
Finishing the Observatory
Paint and Preservation
Regulation of Temperature and Humidity
Organising the Observatory
Storage of Equipment
Comfort and Convenience
Observing Positions, Chairs, Ladders, and Platforms
Warm Rooms and Automation
Some Case Studies
Bob Garner's Observatory: CCD Imaging from a Converted London Garage
Martin Mobberley's Plastic Shed Adaptation and His Telescope on Wheels
Olly Penrice's Observing Retreat in the South of France
My Observatory: A Combined Run-Off Roof and Run-Off Shed Construction
Dave Tyler's A Priori Fibreglass Dome
Norm Lewis's Observatory: An Experience with a Commercial Dome
Es Reid's Solar Observatory
Richard Miles' Compact Remote-Controlled Photometric Facility
Mike Morrison-Smith's Dobsonian Storage Box
Maintaining and Getting the Best from Equipment
Cleaning Optics
Adjustment, Cleaning and Lubrication of Mechanics
Preventing Dew
Polar-Alignment for Equatorials
Balance, Accessories and Extra Telescopes
Final Thoughts
Observatory Manufacturers
Useful Web Links