Building an Observatory 2nd Now comes the work

With the land purchased, corners found, building site location set, the process of building an observatory and 2nd observing platform begins:

First, we had to have a “driveway” cut in up to the observatory location.


Getting the foundation for pier I (which is steel) done, and pier II is ready for concrete.


My boss feelin’ the power of the ‘crete.


Trying to keep snow melt out from under and away from pier foundation.


First (main) platform done:


Framing is started:


Getting near done with the major work


It really does roll easy.  The jacks push up the 2×6’s with the steel channel on top, lifting the roof.  When closed and lowered the roof seals tight to keep dust out.


The Rails.


Close to done and painted.


And a mount & scope are in the building.


I had a TuffShed put up there so I’d have a place store tools, and keep warm over a long night.


What it typically looks like now:


It’s always changing….. bit by bit.  If you have questions, leave a comment.