Author John Stephen Hicks has updated his seminal book Building a Roll-Off Roof or Dome Observatory; A Complete Guide for Design and Construction, Second Edition (paperback: $34.99; ebook: $19.99). Hicks discusses each aspect of backyard observatory design and construction to help you decide which type suits your needs best. Important considerations including structural variations, placement, and zoning and bylaw requirements common to most states and municipalities are discussed at length. Step-by-step directions and detailed diagrams are included for each phase of construction. 248 pages, ISBN 978-1-4939-3010-4.
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