The Etna Astros Astronomy Club

Member Projects


  • Dave's Observatory

  • Jack's 14.4" f/5 telescope

Dave sends us these shots of his recently completed observatory! Beautiful, Dave!



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1 - Roof closed.

2 - Roof rolled off.

3 - Hand crank winch, pulley, and 1/8" galvanized cable system.  This one opens the roof.

4 - Cranking the roof closed with the second winch.

5 - Roof off with door open to show the scope inside.  (Walls are 6' high.)

5 - Roof off with door open to show the scope inside.  (Closer view with only partial view of the roof.)

6 - Scope through open door.  (Orion Atlas 10 EQ-G with Dynamo Pro battery power source.)

7 - Fold-away table (6' 2" long) I built against north wall.  When not in use it hangs flat against the wall.

8 - Just for the heck of it I included a scenic shot of the building with a smoke-reddened setting sun in the background.


The completed tube assembly is shown on a temporary alt-az mount. Great scope Jack!