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Q. How difficult is it to build a SkyShed? 
Q. Are any special building permits required? 
Q. Why is there a need for Support Jacks? 
Q. What size of SkyShed do I require for my telescope setup? 
Q. Why are some of your prices in Canadian dollars and others in US dollars? 
Q. Do I have to use your pier? 
Q. Can I use a concrete pier 

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Q. How difficult is it to build a SkyShed?  top
A. If you've ever built a deck or have rudimentary carpentry skills you should find it relatively easy to construct a SkyShed. If it's your first time trying your hand at building a structure with wood you might try asking a friend with some knowledge on the subject to give you a hand. Either way you'll need an extra body because some construction steps require 2 people.
 

Q. Are any special building permits required?  top
A. In most rural areas permits are not required for structures under a certain square footage. Check your local bylaws to find out if a permit is required for the size of SkyShed you wish to erect.

In urban environments you may have to deal with local community organizations or associations for approval.
 

Q. Why is there the need for Support Jacks?  top
A. In order to construct a SkyShed easily and without having to be within very tight tolerances between the pier footing and the roll off supports, we have designed an adaptable alternative that allows you to pour one footing instead of three. It also allows you to pore the footing without having to know exactly where the roll off supports will be located when you erect the observatory. 

Roll Off Jacks also allow you to easily level the roll off supports over time to adapt to frost heave.
 

Q. What size of SkyShed do I require for my telescope setup?  top
A. Even the smallest sized SkyShed (6'X6') can house a large SCT telescope depending on variables such as - dew cap or no dew cap, do you need room to move around the telescope, how many people will be inside the SkyShed, etc..

The best way to determine the right size for you is measure your telescope's total dimensions when setup on your tripod at the height you usually use it. You'll want a couple of feet around that at least but you need only inches of clearance above it at it's stored position.

The size of SkyShed you install may also depend on other factors such as - the size you have room for, local bylaw restrictions, the size of your budget.

Our recommendation is to build the largest SkyShed you can!
 

Q. Why are some of your prices in Canadian dollars and others in US dollars? top
A. Prices on the "We Install" page are in Canadian dollars for local Canadian customers. To find out installation costs for your area of the U.S., please visit our Dealers page to contact your nearest Authorized SkyShed Dealer.
 

Q. Do I have to use your pier?
A. Absolutely not! If you've created a design of your own, we love it. Anything that will stick through a hole in the SkyShed floor will work.

If you choose to use one of our piers we will work closely with you to make sure it works for you.
 

Q. Can I use a concrete pier?
A. Absolutely! We prefer steel because they're mobile and can be moved if you change location. Concrete piers can cost considerably less than steel ones but leave a concrete pillar sticking out of the ground when you move on.
 

 

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