My astronomy project:
Building an Observatory
(or a playhouse for big boys and girls)
Making of an Observatory
- Roof mechanics
- Different designs of roof mechanisms
- Building the mechanism for the roof
- Hatch Hinges adjustment
- Roof Rail Mechanism
- Arm Rail Guiders and Stoppers
- Counterweight arm
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Page III.6: Counterweight arm
The roof is not very heavy, but still needs a counterweight or a spring to be operated easily.
One part of it will be a steel beam, it's heavy and also will be the anchor to the motor that in future will open and close the roof.
Here are two holes that I have drilled and threaded, in M8 dimension.
It was not that easy because the steel beam's thickness is 6 mm.
The steel beam will be mounted here on downside of the arm that lift the roof.
This wooden arm is weak and maybe have to be replaced with a steel arm in future.
It was easier to work with wood now in the beginning when I test ideas.