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Re: Questions from a beginner

Started by Alex McConahay, 12/13/2006 03:17PM
Posted 12/13/2006 03:17PM Opening Post
>> I primarily search for DSO's and look at the planetary objects

For solar system objects, being in town does not hurt, so if by "planetary" objects, you mean planets, then build a home observatory. As for "deep space" then dark matters. You can observe them, but they aren'yt easily observed or pretty.

>>Would this just be an adjustment in viewing habits? What would you do

depends on how valuable the space is.....an observatory is a good place to store your astronomy gear between monthly dashes to dark sky site. And it is a very good place for practicing and testing.

>>dome or slide-off?

Check local building codes and CCR's. Domes may not be allowed.
Roll-offs are cheaper, I think.
I have been told roll-offs do not suffer from seeing problems as much as domes--with only one opening to let hot air out.
Roll offs look like garden sheds--Domes look like they have expensive equipment in them....
Domes look cool!

>>heating the observatory

It would seem that this is not a wise idea considering seeing problems. However, I will leave that to people who have used heaters when observing...I never have.

>>security--

probably depends on the neighborhood. If you have to worry about it (after standard locks and stuff), well, maybe its time to move!!!

Alex