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My astronomy project:
Building an Observatory
(or a playhouse for big boys and girls)


Making of an Observatory

  1. Frame
  2. Roof
    1. Building the roof frame
    2. Building the door
    3. Building the hatch
    4. Mounting the roof panels
    5. Roof top panels
    6. Roof side panels
  3. Roof mechanics
  4. Floor

Note:
I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information on your own risk!


Page II.3: Building the hatch

Last time I was so in hurry to cover the building that I didn't had time to take photos.

Observatory, making of the hatch

Here how it looks when I left it last time. Today I continue to build on the hatch.

Observatory, making of the hatch

First I need some locking mechanism to the roof and hatch, later I maybe ad a motor to open hatch and roof. This eccentric lock is adjustable, it looks maybe a little bit weak, but this is just for the small south part of the roof. The plywood behind the lock is just a temporary solution.

Observatory, making of the hatch

The hatch much have a hinge, you can see it here, just left to the red panel.

Observatory, making of the hatch

I need to lower the hinge and the stud it's attached to. Also cut openings in the panel for the hinges.

Observatory, making of the hatch

Here is the upper stud that has to be lowered to get a lower free view out.

Observatory, making of the hatch

First hinge attached.

Observatory, making of the hatch

Just two hinges will not be enough, I will ad a third one in the middle, and that one will be mirrored to lock the hatch to not move in sideways.

Observatory, making of the hatch

First opening of the hatch!

Observatory, making of the hatch

Now I have attached the hatch to the south part of the roof. I also added another red panel.

Observatory, making of the hatch

Now it's time to separate the roof in two parts. Will the roof hold together or fall apart?

Observatory, making of the hatch

The cut operation was a success!

Observatory, making of the hatch

Here I have planted tiny small green plants. The idea is that those small plants will grow to two meters height to the next summer. The purpose is to have a wind protection and also make the observatory invisible. I have also cleaned the rock from all other green stuff.

Observatory, lock roof

To the main roof I use a bigger version of the eccentric lock.

Observatory, lock roof

The backside lock.

Observatory, counter balance weight

Here where the letter "A" is I will place a counter balance weight and a chain to lock the hatch in open position.

White Corners

Added white corners to get it look like an old Swedish house.

White Corners

This was the last work on the observatory 2016.

White Corners

I have not found a roof yet to the observatory and now the winter are coming.

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