Examples of small observatories that individual amateur astronomers have built for personal use. I started this list when doing research before building my own observatory. I got a lot of good ideas by looking at what others had done. Perhaps you will, too 🙂
Building a small observatory is not all that hard. A simple roll-off roof design can be built in a few days with simple tools and materials easily available in your local building supply store. A dome is much more complicated but still can be done with more careful planning. Or you can buy a kit.
Note: New entries are marked with an asterisk
|SkyShed, very nice roll-off plans, kits and installations
At Home In A Dome
Backyard Observatories, custom roll-offs
Candomes Observatories, Ltd.
Roll Off Roofs
|Bill Arnett’s temporary hack
several at MAPUG
Le Sueur Manf. Co., Astro Pier
Pier_Tech, fancy piers
Want your observatory listed here? Just email me your URL 🙂