Ah, the wonders of stargazing at home.
Astronomy enthusiasts know all too well how relaxing and convenient it is to be able to enjoy a stargazing session in the comfort of your own backyard. Maybe you have a shed where you have kept your precious telescope. Or maybe you are planning on building your very own backyard observatory.
One of the advantages of your own backyard observatory is that you get to observe much more than just the moon. Here are all the upcoming stargazing events you can enjoy this year with your personal observatory.
Stargazing Events for 2019
Laying Down the Foundation
Your observatory should rest on a solid foundation, whether that is a wooden foundation or concrete one. If you’re using wood, make sure it is pressure treated and anchored properly using a sledgehammer. It’s a good idea to talk to landscaping experts before starting your project so that your observatory complements the rest of the yard.
Walls and Framing
Next up is the framing and walls. Wall framing can be tricky and is best left to professionals. However, if you’re a do-it-yourself enthusiast, start by placing wall studs on 16-inch or 24-inch centers. Install the wall frames and then move on to plywood installation. Though waferboard is an inexpensive alternative, it doesn’t last very long. Remember to weather-strip any points that could allow water, moisture, or snow to enter.
Setting up the Rolling Roof
Once you’re done with the corners, framing, and wall, start working on the internal frames and rails. The roll-off roof will rest on the internal wooden frame. Aluminum angles on top of the rails will act as tracks for the rolling roof’s wheels.
If you’re going for the authentic observatory look, a rolling roof might not be the best thing for you. You can always search online for pre-built observatory domes or customized dome kits to install over your DIY home observatory.
As you near the end of your project, remember to install a lock on your observatory door; maybe even install a CCTV camera to keep the equipment inside safe
Building a personal observatory in the backyard provides stargazing enthusiasts the luxury of observing the wonders of the sky in the comfort of their home. Building a backyard observatory requires paying heed to the foundation, walls, framing, rolling roof, and security measures such as security cameras and locks.