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The observatory is 24' in diameter and 18' high. Inside is a shop-made telescope with a 42" mirror. Tom says it's the largest telescope east of the Mississippi.
TYPE: Dedicated outbuilding
CONSTRUCTION: Steel building over concrete pad; I-beam frame with steel walls and roof. Wall height is 10'; ceiling height is 12'.
HEATING: Air from the air conditioner is blown across heated elements (heat strips) and circulated through ductwork.
COOLING: Exterior air conditioner blows cool air through a single duct that spans the center of the shop.
ELECTRICAL: 100-amp breaker in the shop; 110- and 220-volt outlets throughout
LIGHTING: Twenty-four 4' and 8' dual-tube fluorescent lights
DUST COLLECTION: Grizzly 1-hp for his bandsaw; Grizzly 2-hp for his tablesaw, planer, and shaper; shop vacuum for radial-arm saw and router
AIR COMPRESSOR: Speedaire 5-hp, 60-gal. vertical