A total of 278 arcs and 17 studs were necessary to build the complete observatory.
I chose marine grade 18 mm thick plywood. Due to lack of proper tools and experience I opted to have a local carpenter shop to supply the plywood and cut it out for me. This added a substantial additional expense but it saved me a lot of time and ensured a better final product.
The framework of the observatory (dome and base) is made of curved plywood arcs. Some generate the dome and others generate the base. There are different three types of arcs (all 100 mm wide and approximately 720 mm long):
I glued the parts together and then fastened them together with 30 mm #4 drywall screws.
The working place was my garage.
Seventeen wooden studs 100 x 50 x 1236 mm were applied for the base framework.
The bottom and top rings and the wall braces are all made of two laminations of plywood.
The doorway is 750 mm wide. Brass was used for the padlock and stainless steel for the hinges.
Seven 80 mm diameter x 30 mm width casters were spaced equally around the base to evenly distribute the dome weight. The casters were fastened with bolts, washers and nuts so that each caster can be leveled relative to every other caster and thereby providing smooth dome rotation. Four 58 mm diameter x 30 mm casters to maintain the centering of the dome as it rotates, are installed using 100 mm wide galvanized angle brackets and a steel plate attached to the underside of the top ring. These casters were coupled together with the above mentioned 80 mm casters. There is a slight spring to the galvanized angle brackets which presses against the inside diameter of the bottom dome ring to keep the dome properly centered during rotation.
One coat of primer paint was applied prior to install the skin.
The skin is made of 5 mm marine plywood. Almost three 1500 x 2500 mm sheets of plywood were required for the complete wall.
A pine trim was applied at the two vertical plywood seams and at the top of the base where the plywood but-up to a 200 mm masonite wind skirt.
The interior was painted in black preventing occurrence of any light reflections when operating the telescope.
This site was last updated 2019-02-18 Site created and maintained by Jorge Lázaro