Is a MODULAR Observatory Right for You?
Our latest observatory design allows us to seamlessly add a warm room in the future, without any wasted parts. For our client, this was an ideal point of flexibility: he requires a roll-off roof observatory of a good size, but the additional floor space of a warm room would have taken it over his budget. To be able to add a warm room later makes huge sense – but there are more benefits to this observatory design than just price flexibility.
Another key constraint for our customer was plot size – to have had an 8×8′ observatory with a traditional 4-foot warm room and a single roll-off roof covering both, would have meant an overall structure measuring 20 feet in length. Placing the warm room under the roll-off frame not only reduces the size of the structure to 16′, but also allows a much larger warm room: in his case almost as large as the observatory itself.
In this particular design we are able to incorporate a roll-off wall to the East side of the observatory, as well as a flap to the South, allowing excellent views where horizons are low, whilst providing enough headroom in the (potential) warm room for our customer to stand upright (and he’s tall!).
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For some, a gleaming white fibreglass dome is the very epitome of amateur astronomy - a glistening beacon that makes a clear statement to all who see her. For others, the subtlety of a roll-off observatory is what is required - a private space for extraordinary tasks carried out almost in secret... but which is best?