In addition to the wonderful and very comprehensive Bill Arnett database of amateur observatories, I found these amateur sites to be particularly illuminating as to design and technical solution or in some cases just plain cool. Bob Luffel gets my award for best track & roller system…so I copied it!
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Amateur Telescope Makers of
SELENE - NY
International Dark Sky
They are all well worth a look:
Verschatse's observatory in Chile. Split-level warm room /
observing room, solar power, clean design - a real
Bertold Hamburger Observatory
wheels inset into 4x4, runs on stainless tubing welded to flatbar.
Innovative, seems to work well, tough to fabricate?
Cave Creek Observatory
Good photos of
truss details. I wasn’t wild about the foundation or roof
carriage system, though.
Very nice site
with a few construction photos. Valuable details on remote
operations, including several schematics.
Astro-Pier mounted high on a concrete pier, 900GTO, C-11. Fastar
Garden Spot Observatory
Roof rolls on
V-casters & inverted angle. Split roof w/ warm room. Emailed
him and got specs for the casters. Small pictures.
Jim Pennington Observatory
8' x 8' building
for an 8" LX-200. Detailed narrative and decent pictures. Flat
casters in "over & under" welded angle bar to prevent
Rick Drozd Backyard
roof, flat wheels rolling on angle iron track. Good detail
Rod Cook Observatory
Roof rolls on
pipe. Good truss and roller details.
straightforward, flat casters rolling on angle iron track. Some
Tidewater Farm Observatory
on AP 12000 mount on a LeSueuer Astro-Pier, V-groove casters, split
observing room and warm room. Very nicely done.
Twin Oaks Observatory
images of a very solidly constructed grooved caster-and-inverted
rail system. "Gambrel" style roof trusses - plenty of headroom.
Credits Chris Vedeler for rail design.
drawings - sort of the definitive V-caster & inverted angle
design. Added a garage-door opener to motorize the roof,