Recently opened: Martin Lyon's new backyard observatory.
Not too long ago, Martin Lyons of Somerset West acquired a Meade 14-inch SCT. A big 'scope like that needs a suitable home. Martin's cunning solution recently came together, quite literally, in his backyard.
The 'scope is housed in a pre-fab plastic 'wendy house' erected on the northern end of the patio. The roof panels were removed and replaced by a segmented roll-up roof (similar to that seen covering the loading bay of a light truck).
Rapid construction/assembly time and overall simplicity makes this an excellent solution to an otherwise tricky problem.
Wilhelm Carstens and I went along on Saturday (2010 February 6) to see both the new observatory and some old deep sky favourites.
View across the patio. [click to start slide show]
Martin's latest telescope is a 16-inch Meade. And it's mobile. Watch him set it up on YouTube.
nothing more to see. please move along.