I'm a newcomer to this part of town... I wasn't really in a frame of mindset that I would be building an observatory soon.
But last night, with a crystal clear night where I couldn't do any imaging because I needed to get up early this morning , my wife goes "If the biggest obstacle is having to set up and tear down every time, would it make sense to build a backyard observatory?"
The biggest obstacle right now is that we live in a neighborhood with a homeowners' association (HOA) :C . Fortunately, the HOA rules were recently amended to allow external buildings IF 1) the building matches our home, and 2) if it is attached (or I hope looks attached) to the main structure.
I've already sent an inquiry to Astroshed about possibilities, but I thought I'd also drop in here and say "hey" and gather ideas. I'm all ears to anyone living in a neighborhood like I ours *and* has managed to build an observatory.
There's a part of me that wonders if it's even worth it with our light pollution, then again narrow-band filters help a lot. And that's another story....