Building a space observatory

A little extra cash from my return from active duty overseas saw me buying my first telescope. Aperture fever took over and by the time I had left the military and bought my own house, I was well ready to house my astronomy pursuits under one roof.

A very special roof, one that rotates and opens up to the sky to view it in any direction. An observatory.

I built two, the first as a testament to what could be achieved with creative scrounging and re-purposing of recycled materials.

The second build was a more serious attempt, engineered and built with a bigger budget and imagination. This two-storey dome has a comfortable man-cave downstairs and the observation deck above. The dome hosts community youth groups and other interested parties, educating and outreach free of charge.

All of this was achieved with no formal trades, using the expert tradies only where needed for legal and safety factors.

A two-storey building valued at over $80K, owner built for a little over $13k.


Here are some examples of what the observatory produces.

4 thoughts on “Building a space observatory

  • October 28, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Hi Barry,

    Its great to see you back on the web with Asign2. The astrophotos look fabulous too!



    • October 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

      G’day Jon, thanks for dropping in. I’ve been out of the astro game for a while. Where do I know you from? My EQ8 mount has given me trouble from the moment I bought it nearly four years ago. It’s never been quite right and it’s almost killed the hobby for me. Eventually when my kids become a little more independent, I will have time to spend in the observatory, troubleshooting and solving the issues. It’s there and waiting and eventually I will get back into it, but for now it’s a season of other things.

      • October 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        Hi Baz,

        I think we have exchanged comments on Cloudy nights and Ice in Space. Incidentally, the Asign2 thread on CN has nearly 30,000 views now. I expect the readership would like to know of your new website.

        Best wishes


        • October 28, 2017 at 10:58 pm

          Nice to know folks are still getting something from the thread. I only hope my build trials and tribulations provided some inspiration for others. I don’t get on too many forums nowadays. Reduced from over 30 forums to only half a dozen now. You are very welcome to inform/update the good folks with a link.




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