He said he'd send me pics of it assembled and taken apart. Being seven years old I was concerned about deterioration. Being I could afford a new one like this, the shipping was a deal breaker on new. There are always incidental cost even after you figure you've got the final cost figured.... I told the guy that I'd come out the next day, not wanting to lose another one in my travel range. So off I go with the cargo trailer in tow. 550km one way, so I hoped I wasn't going to head home with an empty trailer. Sure enough it was in as good or better shape than he described.
On the initial phone conversation I did ask the all important question, "why are you getting rid of it". He hadn't lost interest in the hobby, he was expanding. Now he is 1/2 done a new ROR with 2 piers in it for
This all brings me to the question. What should I use as a base to anchor the thing. The previous owner was on a cement pad. My concern with this is cement acts like a big heat sink. With forward planning, opening up a hot building with a major heat sink will take planning for the acclimation. My concern it anchorage. We get som mighty wind here. The other issue with cement is we are 50 miles away from the closest supplier, and of coarse cost. Wood rots over time. !8x18x1 1/2 patio blocks could be an option, but concerns me with the anchoring issue.
Some would see my other issue as mute, but this thing is the three pod configuration. This all equals a big footprint. If it was just the pod, or even a pod with one bay, I'd mix and pour my own pad. Not gonna even consider home made cement with the amount I'd need for a whole pad.
What are other using under their home observatories?