The building has a north/south orientation with the roof opening to the north for an unobstructed view of the southern sky. The roof is pulled along inverted v shaped rails by a chain-driven airplane hanger door opener. The 16 x 18 foot roll-off room offers space for the swing of the telescope, two to three chairs, a work table and a storage cabinet. A sliding glass window on the south side opens to allow the roof to move over the telescope safely. A concrete column not attached to the second floor supports the telescope and prevents footsteps from disturbing viewing. The column is capped by a 12 inch steel pier manufactured by Bisque. There is a chain system for manual operation of the roof in the event of a power failure. The views from the deck are spectacular!
A Photo Gallery of roll-off room.
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