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Hi all,

well just about finished my observatory so I suspect you would like to see the results so far, please beer in mind that I have quite a way to go to get the yard and aesthetics finished so just ignore the mess!!!

Click on the link and it will take you to my Blog

spacehopper1.blogspot.com

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Very nice obsy you have made for yourself! I'm sure you are well chuffed :(

Marius

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Nice observatory. I like it very much. I hope I have also one in the future. :( Good idea that you put scopes in higher location.

Saso

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Very nice Ian. Looks good, and for when the weather is bad, I notice you've hung a bird box and feeder on the outside :(

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That looks the business.....nice job!

And you have given me some ideas for my opening roof :(

Russ

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Very nice job. :(

I did think about a taller obs but was not sure if hight of a garden building would make it subject to planning permision.

Mike

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I was expecting a small garden type shed with a roll off roof not a multi story observatory. I reckon after a visit to Tesco’s my other half wouldn’t see me for at least a week :(.

Two improvements

1. Intruder alarm

2. Rottweiler left off its leash

Paul

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Nice to see something a little more "exotic" - Albeit in a familiar UK setting.

The matching bird box is an SPLENDID touch! :mrgreen:

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Thanks for all the kind words Guys

Still bits un bobs to finish off but as you can see I can use the place,

I will up date the Blog as I go along.

Would like also to thank Steve at FLO for quick delivery of new C10 Newt Scope, just need some good nights to get some use in.

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Nice idea on the layout, but I also question the vibrations on the upper floor, could make observing difficult.

naz

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What an awesome looking obsy - well done!

A couple of questions - did it require planning permission? How do you stop water getting in between the roof join - is there an offset with a run-off or something?

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Thanks everyone for you kind words and interest.

Just a few replies to your questions'

1: No you don't need planning permission for this type of build, this is due to a few important factors, (1) it is not deemed a permanent build as it is built with sectional concrete panels & timber (not brick or block) (2) The building must be at least 5 meters away from your nearest building (ie house or garage or any out building) (3) the build must not be any higher than 4 Meters from the highest point (should you have an incline of land in your garden.)

2: The roof gets absolutely no leaks due to the design of roof lap so you form a type of fascia on one side of the roof.( hard to explane so I will take some more pics of this later)

3:Floor Vibration ? well if you look at the pics I have took looking up you will notice on the floor joist I have reinforced them bolted through steel bars, and on the deck of the upper floor it is covered with a 12mm interlocking impact floor tile that gives cushioning (you can see the type of mat used if you type into Ebay search, interlocking floor mats).

Hope this clears a few points up for you all and do keep checking the web link as I am now on with landscaping the garden and this will futher enhance the overall appearance, Cheers every one.

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