Day after day alone on the hill,
The man with the foolish grin
is keeping perfectly still,
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,
But the fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning around.
Music: Fool on the Hill, the Beatles
At an elevation of 1500 feet,
the observatory enjoys
sweeping southwestern views
over a secluded lake.
The roof rolls back over the
heated warm room to expose two
piers. One mounts both a TEC
140 mm refractor, and a 90 mm
Takahashi Sky90 refractor, and
the other carries a 12" Meade
L200R modified RC scope and a
70 mm Televue Ranger refractor.
I like to image using the scopes on
one pier while I observe with the
scopes on the second pier.
The tool chest between the scopes serves both as a desk and as convenient storage for myriad accessories. The floor is interlocking
2'x2' foam pads purchased at Sam's club, designed for playrooms; this protects eyepieces and cameras from breakage when dropped,
and is easy on the knees when viewing at a steep overhead object. A drop-down wall (left) allows me to image down to 10 degrees. A
gutter on the moving roof edge (right) keeps dew and snow-melt from dripping into the observatory.