After months of delay I finally managed to finish my observatory - and I'm very happy with it! Here in the high desert of Nevada wood does not last long so I sprang for a Tech Pier 7x7 roll-off and electric Pier 2. I am very, very happy with both. The observatory is very well made and went together easily. The pier handles the weight of the 14" LX200 without any problem and has a very smooth operation.
I located the observatory in a sheltered position due to frequent winds; the sky view is still good with the pier extended. The garden wall also helps block some of the light from 'The Strip.'
I eventually intend to remotely operate the scope from the office visible to the right in the photos, we have a few months of shirtsleeve observing nights coming up however, so I am in no rush to complete that task.
We had a brief first light through the scope last night- supercharged by Dr. Clay - mainly viewing Saturn. I am amazed at what this scope can do, the supercharge was worth every cent!
First of three photos
Floating around at 20 miles an hour.