27 April 2018 at 1:16 pm #574014
I now have a permanent site in southern Spain (near Albox) with an excellent view to the south and clear, dark skies together with plenty of equipment. My problem is the lack of an observatory. I want a roll-off roof shed but I do not want to build it myself. Ideally I want an automated roof.
(I have spent some years renting properties down there using telescope covers. The last time I was there I had 3 telescopes under cover and there was a terrific storm. I went out to check and all three covers had disappeared – the wind had snapped 3 bungee cords holding down each cover! I managed to find two covers – the third was never seen again!)
I know of one UK company that does supply observatory sheds to Europe but the cost can be very high.
Does anyone know of a Spanish source for observatory sheds?
Thank you in advance for any comments/suggestions.
Len Adam27 April 2018 at 6:42 pm #579383Jack MartinParticipant
Not sure if this company will have what you want but worth an inquiry;
Essex UK28 April 2018 at 7:33 pm #579385Len EntwisleParticipant
Can I suggest contacting the Catalan group amateur astronomy group in Sabadell near Barcelona http://astrosabadell.org/es/ . They have a dark sky out station at Montsec http://astrosabadell.org/es/activitats/camps-d-observacio . The link should access a site there with more run off replicate sheds than you can shake a stick at. It is worth getting in touch to find the source for all that woodwork . Hope this helps.
Maybe try this link http://astrosabadell.org/es/la-entidad/observatoris-montsec29 April 2018 at 8:16 am #579388
Jack – thank you for this link – I will follow it up.
Len29 April 2018 at 8:20 am #579389
Thanks for this information – I did not realise that there was such a large active group in Sabadell. I will see if I can track down a shed through them.
Len1 May 2018 at 7:19 pm #579407Grant PrivettParticipant
Do let us know what you find out. A commercial manufacturer of roll off roof sheds would be worth knowing.2 May 2018 at 1:52 pm #579414Rupert / Astrograph LtdParticipant
As a business I provide hosting to UK customers with a Spanish partner (e-Eye). In support of this I have developed relationships with a number of Spanish companies in relation to observatories and equipment to support remote installations. To this end we offer everything up to custom design and installation for remote install as it seems most of our customers prefer us to get them up and running rather than DIY.
As far as ROR observatories go we deal with a Spanish company who have a couple of options. Within Spain, they can either deliver for a DIY install or build it for you subject to a quote. Standard size for the ROR is a footprint of 2.5m. This has a motorised roof but no controller. The roof does not require a support frame for when its open.
If the requirement is for something unique then we can also advise on a design that can be made in Spain. This is a spin off from our involvement with e-Eye where all of the observatories are bespoke.
For roof control we offer something called Talon (also Spanish). The unique feature of this is that it will park your mount and close the roof in response to an unsafe condition independently of other software.
Finally we are actually Lunatico’s main UK reseller and offer all of their observatory control and weather products.
All of these parts can be seen on our current website here http://astrograph.net/epages/www_astrograph_net.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/www_astrograph_net/Categories/Shop/Observatories_and_Accessories
What is on the website is by no means everything offered that is related to observatory automation. We will tailor exact needs according to individual needs.
If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me16 June 2018 at 12:10 pm #579610
Grant – sorry for the delay – back in Spain now – I will certainly update you on that.
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