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Well here we are. For as long as I can remember and since getting my very first telescope I have had a burning ambition to have my own observatory. OK, that's around two and a half months now but this is an itch that is just not going to go away. I have had great pleasure and taken a lot of inspiration from reading about many of your observatory builds over the last couple of months and hope I can give some of this back through this thread. I have a good idea of what I'm aiming for but I'm going to be winging it a lot along the way. I have moved around my garden and set up my scope in various places and I think I've found the best site I have available taking all things into consideration. It feels like a huge step forward to start this thread but don't be holding your breath to see the finished (or started ) article just yet. I work offshore on a month on month off rotation so work will hopefully progress quite quickly when I'm at home but will obviously stop when I'm at work. I leave on Tuesday so I wont be starting until I get home in the middle of April but I'll be doing a lot of research, planning and pondering while I'm away so I appreciate any comments, ideas or criticisms. I plan to make a concrete pier first and I will be able to use that while the rest of the build is underway. I was initially going to have the obsy raised up on wooden legs but I'm now thinking I will lay a slab base around my pier and build on that. I want to make it reasonably substantial and aesthetically pleasing, I don't really have a budget but I will try to build it as cheaply as I can without scrimping or cutting corners. I have been setting my scope up inside the area I've staked out with posts in the photos below and I realise height of the side walls will be a compromise between protection from the elements, obstructing my views of the horizons and head height.(I want to make a warm room / man cave at the back) and I have found the bigger the obsy gets greatly reduces the obstruction of the sides, the main downside I can see with this is that the roof is going to get heavy. As you can see in the photos I have trees on most horizons, the south view is fairly open but I do have to wait an hour or so for planets to move from the horizon to be visible above the trees, my north view is the most restricted but I can see Polaris no problem and it's probably not as bad as it seems once it gets dark and the stars come out. The roof will roll towards the North too so hopefully it will only obstruct my view of the trees and not the precious skies. The footprint I have marked out is approx 3.5m wide and 4m long but I might make it a little bit longer to give me plenty of space for a warm room, the roof will roll back but still partly cover the warm room although the warm room will have it's own ceiling to keep the warm in. Photos of location 1] Proposed footprint 2] South view 3] East view 4] West view 5] North view I'm not too hot on CAD or Google Sketch Up so here's a couple of old fashioned sketches of the plan And with the roof rolled back