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Can you have an open sided observatory?

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My plan (potential plan at least) is to build an open sided observatory.

In other words I would almost be like a pagoda but with a closed roof which can then slide off as per the usual roll off shed design.

Any reasons why this would not work.

I live in UK but build area is secluded so wind not a great issue.

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Well it acts as a bit of a roof but little else.

Sounds more like semi-protection for a scope that is going to be kept outside.

However you would really have to get a scope cover anyway if that is the idea.

Edited by ronin

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Wind and rain/snow/sleet/hail can come from any direction so you'll get very little protection.  :(

Short answer - NO.

Edited by Gina

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Ambient moisture will your bigegst problem, as an open are has no protection.

Wind will still blow rain in and the heat will dry it out leading to another set of issues.

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Just thought it might easier to build. In essence 6 posts (4 for the main area with roof on top and 2 more for the roll off area.

One side will but up against a garage and the area it will be placed is very thin. Perhaps 5 feet wide so limited space.

Cheap too.

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Building a fully enclosed observatory is not so hard. By the time you've made the 'pagoda' (presumably with a sliding roof?) you're halfway there, just nail the sides on and fit a door.

Basic frame

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Sides nailed on!

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Yea the rolling roof is the hard part and those 4 walls make a world of difference even if its not windy. You just have to have walls .

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