This is how it started... When I was satisfied that I had all the equipment working it was time to put it into something. A building has to start somewhere. This seemed like a good place. The roof rolled back easily but I will admit the view above it wasn’t all that great. Neither was the mood of my wife. A little more carpentry and we had a building to put the roof on. My wife was surprisingly helpful with this part. A little more work and the building was closed in, wired, insulated and the inside walls covered with plywood. She also took the first astro photo from the site. You will have to look for that one. A pile of equipment that gradually grew into a remotely controlled observatory without a building. The observatory was designed to be a remote controlled facility using several Mallincam video cameras for viewing. All viewing is done from the living room of my house. I only go out to the observatory to do maintenance as required. Click any photo to enlarge  Armchair Observatory   Start up and shutdown procedures are fully automated. To bring the observatory on line I just have to click a startup script on my laptop and wait a few minutes. All the control and video display software will be on two monitors waiting to be told what to do. As long as the sky will clear long enough for a quick peek it’s worthwhile to turn on the observatory. Even between rain showers. One mouse click and about ten seconds is all it takes to close the building.  In the event of an unexpected rain shower the system will close the roof and front automatically. I knew someone many years ago who referred to himself as an  Armchair Observer. He was very active in the local astronomy society but did little observing himself. I think he would have appreciated my interpretation of an Armchair Observer The video cameras, control equipment, computers even the garage door opener were working in my living room before I really started thinking about building the observatory. At that point there wasn’t a lot decided about the building design. It would be a roll off roof and primarily be used for remote video viewing. It only has to house the equipment with enough room to work in the building when necessary. I decided on an eight by twelve foot building. With all the equipment installed I have enough room to work on everything comfortably, but there’s not much room to spare. My biggest design concern was the possibility of the roof colliding with the telescope. With a remote controlled system it only takes one wrong mouse click and something crunches. The open ended gable roof allows almost eight feet of floor to ceiling clearance for the length of the building. With a full sized dew shield, my 10” Meade LX200 doesn’t come close to the roof in any position.  The drop down south wall is operated by a second garage door opener. Without the drop down wall section I would not have been able to use the open ended roof design.