This may be the best answer
to your observatory situation.
With our rolling base option
it is now possible to roll your Centurion out of a small room/building
each night to do observing. Polar alignment repeats night after
night since the telescope's base wheels are precision grooved
iron running in roller bearings. The track is simple 1"
X 1" X 3/16" steel angle available at less than $10
per 20 foot length from your local steel supplier. These can
be simply mounted by screwing with large head screws to exterior
grade 5/8" plywood. Since the rollers have flats as well
as groves, they will roll equally well on flat surfaces such
as the floor of the observing/storage room.
- Telescope room doubles as a
lights-on climate controlled observing room and also helps keep
telescope cool days near evening temperature.
- Telescope can roll out through
40" clear opening sliding door standard 6 foot height.
- Cabling connection to telescope
takes just a minute to connect and disconnect.
- Tremendous cost saving over
conventional observatory while keeping the telescope much cleaner.
- Can be used on a flat roof top
like the Astro Works Centurion.
- Base rollers can be reset at
90 degrees for an east west roll-out situation.
- The bases have underside T-bracing,
yet possess enough compliance to set square on the tracks without
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