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Practical Astronomy magazine cover image

Here is the first article of a short series, to describe and show the build of my home observatory (diy).  It will all be built from basic materials from the local merchant (Wickes), so I think it’s very “practical astronomy”.

Grass and topsoil cleared around telescope pier


Firstly, the grass and 3 inches (75mm) of topsoil have been cleared and moved by wheelbarrow. Then used to fill soil gaps elsewhere.

And one ton (about 0.9 cubic metres) of ‘type 1′ roadstone hardcore, was collected to make the base.

You will see from the photo, that my low cost telescope pier is still there from last year and it’s working well. Let’s see what an observatory on top can add.