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Metal shed sliding roof observatory.


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Hi all 

Just put together a fairly inexpensive observatory using a metal shed. 

I pondered on the roll off, hinged etc but came up with using heavy duty drawer runners to open the roof and it works a treat. 

The roof on these are really lightweight so runners can easily cope. 

I've insulated the inside with double sided foil bubble roll, armour cable power line etc. 

Currently have a wonderful Orion heavy duty tripod in base, loaded with the equally wonderful 130pds on a astroeq driven eq3-2 mount. Will be upgrading the mount eventually, but it works well for now 

Thought about a concrete based pier but with limited free time I went ahead. That tripod is a gem,despite grabbing room in the 6x6 shed. 

Folks, for the money, this is highly recommended 

Any questions please ask 

Advise... I'd appreciate. 

Cost 

Shed... £210

Base...£100(concrete, treated wood, damp proof etc) 

Insulation.. £30

Runners £30 

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I am loving this, what a great idea using drawer runners. 👍

This may be better off in the DIY observatories section as you may get a few more replies, you could pm a mod and ask them to move it for you. 

And as if by magic..... ta daaaa 🤣

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1 hour ago, Stuart1971 said:

Looks superb, 👍🏼👍🏼 how do you cover the join between the two roof sections to keep water out when shut….

Thanks, the apex is simply hinged on one side of the roof and can be opened and closed 

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1 hour ago, carastro said:

How do you open and close it.  Push from inside to open, and push from outside to close? 

Carole 

Thanks Carole 

It can be opened and closed from the inside or outside. 

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I really like the look of that. Can you give details of how you laid the base - - what depth, hardcore under, rebar ???. Also where did you source those runners/

thanks

David.

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4 hours ago, mackiedlm said:

I really like the look of that. Can you give details of how you laid the base - - what depth, hardcore under, rebar ???. Also where did you source those runners/

thanks

David.

Thanks David 

80mm hardcore 80mm concrete approximately 

Added thick DPC and a 6x6 steel mesh as rebar. 

Slab is 2mx2m

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3 hours ago, adyj1 said:

Looks good. Where did you get the shed from? 

Hi

Purchased locally direct from the manufacturer, Yardmaster. Their factory is 30 miles from me. 

They supply argos etc. 

Best 

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4 hours ago, Turbocoo said:

Hi

Purchased locally direct from the manufacturer, Yardmaster. Their factory is 30 miles from me. 

They supply argos etc. 

Best 

Thanks

I assume it is the 8' x 6' ? ARGOS: Arrow Tall Metal Green Garden Shed - 8 x 6ft

Did you get the have to fabricate the 'flap' the over the apex, or is that part of the shed? 

More details about the runners would also be appreciated ☺

Looks a cracking result! 

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I had one of those sheds and I was planning to do something like your project until a Texas thunderstorm changed my plans. 

It was ripped off the wooden deck and blown over a 6' fence before being deposited in the front yard.

 

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On 09/06/2021 at 01:35, adyj1 said:

Thanks

I assume it is the 8' x 6' ? ARGOS: Arrow Tall Metal Green Garden Shed - 8 x 6ft

Did you get the have to fabricate the 'flap' the over the apex, or is that part of the shed? 

More details about the runners would also be appreciated ☺

Looks a cracking result! 

Actually, I think the one I found in my post is bigger than the one that @Turbocoo has.

This 6' x 4' looks more likely: ARGOS: Yardmaster Metal Garden Shed - 6 x 4ft

Ady

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My TSO (Tin Shed Observatory) was based on that 8x6 Argos Shed. I made it a roll of roof and it housed my 12” Meade SCT for a while.

It moved with us when we transferred to Brussels and was used with the C9.25 and spectrograph for a couple of years.

when the time came to return to Australia, I decided to take the TSO II with me, it worked so well, why leave it behind??

The TSO III worked for some years with the C11/ spectrograph before being sold locally where it is now up and running as TSO IV.

 

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