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Motel o Scope observatory cover (kit build) fully assembled and weather proof

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I am selling my self-built Motel O' Scope observatory cover with base clamping hardware, which is a kit purchased from Dan's Pier Plates (). The Motel o Scope is a latched cover system for pier mounted telescopes so that you can be up & running within minutes. Hardware like aluminum brackets as a kit, along with detailed instructions were purchased from the store referenced above, and the rest of the hardware/materials were sourced from the included parts list and/or Home Depot. The cover lifts off and over your mounted OTA, and weighs approx. 20 lbs. The cover is latched to base plate that is clamped to the concrete pier (in this case, 12" pier) although this could be modified to clamp to 8" pier quite easily by adding spacers.

I finished building and installing this cover in summer 2017, and it has weathered many storms, high winds exceeding 50 km/h, and Southern Ontario winters down to -38C since then without issue. I have given the exterior several new paint jobs with high quality white/reflective UV paint to keep the cover well protected from the elements.

I will be moving end of this year, and looking to sell this Motel o Scope to another astronomer/astrophotographer who is looking for a low-cost and quick solution to having a permanent observatory.

If you have any other questions or would like other photos/explanations, please contact me. I cannot ship this item, and the buyer is responsible for picking up/transporting the cover. I am located in Courtice, Ontario, Canada.