The Border Observatory

    Our Border Observatory is a 12×7′ observatory featuring an 8×7′ observatory and 4×7′ warm room, clad entirely in our standard tanalised shiplap cladding.

    The Border Observatory features a rolling apex roof, which rolls off onto rails which join the observatory to the wall of the owner’s garage, whilst carrying the armoured power cable to the building.

    To the Southern aspect, we installed a flap-down wall to give the lowest horizons – ideal for the owner who is a keen planetary observer.

    The front of the observatory features two generous windows, each securely glazed with 6.4mm laminated glass, set in a frame that is designed with no visible fixings.  Internally, another large window gives excellent views of the telescope from the spacious warm room.

    Our standard electrics pack was installed here too – including seven double sockets, red and white LED lighting in both rooms (for convenience, the red light in the observatory is also switchable from inside the warm room), and an 800W flat panel radiator that will keep the insulated warm room very warm and toasty!

    In the observatory, the telescope is mounted on a Pulsar “Rigel” Pier – a very sturdy, well-designed pier ideal for equatorial mounts.

    As always, it’s the small things that make our observatories special – attention to detail is what really sets us apart.  For this observatory, we redesigned the flap-down wall to be completely storm-proof – and we installed an additional shelf above the desk for those all-important astronomy books.

     Overall Size (mm): 3882 (L) x 2100 (W) x 2490 (H)
     Observatory Size (Internal, mm): 2389 (L) x 1980 (W) x 1650 (H)
     Warm Room Size (Internal, mm): 1189 (L) x 1890 (W) x 1782 (H)
     Total length including frame (mm): 6432
     Roof type: Apex roof, rolling off 2494mm
     Exterior Cladding: Tanalised redwood shiplap
     Interior Wall Lining: OSB3
     Roof Covering: One-piece EPDM rubber membrane
     Roof Pitch: 14.6 degrees
     Additional Features: Flap in South wall for lower horizons


    Location: Southern England, UK
    Completed: April 2017
    Approximate Project Cost*: £8,600

    * Approximate project cost does not include VAT, haulage, groundworks, telescope or pier, and represents what a similar project might cost if completed now, including any improvements to our base specification.