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We never get the time we need to post all the great SkyShed photos that come in. With so many astro photos coming in as well it looks like we'll need to create an Astro Photo Gallery! 

I assume you've seen the Meade Ad with Chuck Reese, who built a SkyShed using our Plans software and now takes great shots from it.

Luckily with the SkyShed Yahoo Discussion Group Shed owners and builders can upload their photos and don't have to wait for us to post them here. I encourage you to join our discussion group regardless of what stage you're at in your ob plans. 

We will keep adding more photos here as often as we can. 

Please enjoy the photos we do have listed. They're' a pretty good indication of the fun our friends are having in their SkySheds. 
 
Enjoy!

  

A Favorite Quote 
"
anyone who tries to do this without your CD is out of their mind...its inexpensive, nicely formatted and filled with great ideas. Thanks again... " Keith Quattrocchi PhD, MD See his information packed website Here
 
  Pictured below is a beautiful 6X10' SkyShed installed by Dave Miller for Larry S of Los Angeles. Included is a warm room (photo on right) designed by Dave that provides extra head room by being built away from the side walls. This will make things nice and cozy for Larry on those chilly Southern California nights!
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes SkyShed Survives 5.6 Earthquake!
Yesterday morning, I had just stepped into my 10X12 SkyShed when a 5.6 quake hit (epicenter about 40 miles north). At first, it sounded like an animal was up on the roof and was jumping down, but when I felt the motion, I new what it was. Only lasted about 5 seconds, but the building, scope and my nerves came through just fine.
 
Scott Baker
Mountain High Observatory, Director, New Member Mentor San Diego Astronomy Association, 
Personal web page: http://www.starcrwzr.com

 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes SnowShed!
Central Ontario SkyShed Rep and writer for 
Sky News Magazine
, Todd Carslon, is a hearty astronomer who uses his SkyShed throughout the Ontario winter. He reports this year as having the most snow he's seen. Of course Todd wasn't about to let a little snow mess with his observing time!

That's the spirit Todd!

 
Click Here for Paul Mortfield's new 10X10' SkyShed with a Paramount ME and an  R.C. 16". Photos are on his website and will open in a new page.
 
Comfy SkyShed Replaces Small, Expensive Dome 
These next 4 pics are nearly two years old but we keep them at the top because we like them so much.

Arthur wanted more room, easier access and less setup time so he replaced his old dome with a 10X10' SkyShed. The Shed houses a 16" Meade SCT GPS a Televue Genesis APO along with an assortment of computer and astro photography accessories. In the winter Arthur runs the equipment remotely from his house a few feet away. Arthur opted for a residential style door and painted it red to make it easier to locate in the dark. 

Update After two years of use Arthur reports WAY more quality observing than he's ever experienced. In the past Arthur owned a BIG dome that he built himself before moving into town and putting in the small dome you see here. That really says a lot. Thanks Arthur!
 

Before
 
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SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
After
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
RAS Building Seven Obs Based on SkyShed Design 
The Riverside Astronomical Society in California is currently building seven roll off observatories based on the SkyShed design at their  GMARS dark sky site.

RAS member Charlie Knapke was instrumental in upgrading the SkyShed design for use in a high traffic, public, desert environment. Great job Charles and RAS! Thanks for choosing the SkyShed design! You can monitor building progress Here 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes

SkyShed on a Roof!

Dr. Harold B.'s 8X10' SkyShed on his home's first story roof. The shed houses an F7 AP155 with a 92 mm F7 Stowaway on an AP900 GOTO mount.

The pier is an 8 5/8" SkyShed Pier mounted on a 500 lb. slab of steel. Vibration is not a major problem since the shed will be used mainly for remote astro photography from in the house.

Harold's kind testimonial is below.
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 

 

Dr. Harold B. Testimonial Wayne Parker is the consummate professional, a hands-on business owner whose attention to detail and commitment to follow up was impeccable. Building a SkyShed was a two-fold experience: Finally, having a wonderful roll-off observatory, and at the same time, meeting a great guy.
 

Here's a Beauty! John M. of Flagstaff AZ writes "I just finished my 10x10 SkyShed, and wanted to send you a few pictures of the finished product. The only deviations I made from the plans involved the floor and the door, and a bit of the trim work. Guys, all I can say is a huge gigantic THANKS! There is absolutely no way I could have ever completed this project without your plans. I was able to build this thing with no carpentry experience at all... so if I can do it I'd pretty much assume anyone can."

John's 10X10' houses a 10" Meade LX200 GPS with LPI Imager / SAC8 CCD
Camera Celestron top-mount scope to be used as guide-scope and alternate
viewing/imaging instrument.
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
And Another! Brian W. from Haverhill, MA writes "As you can see, the plans for the 8'x10' were modified a little: windows on one side, door on the other, built on a deck (you can see why - it's on a hill), composite floor, log-look (these worked great - they are essentially ship lap and that made it easy to put together), and complete window units. 

THANK YOU for all your assistance and support. It was great fun to build, great to use, and so far everyone that sees it is amazed. I am part of a local astronomy club and I will definitely show it off to the members."

Brian's SkyShed houses a Meade LX200GPS 7" Maksutov-Cassegrain on a SkyShed pier.
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Paul Mortfield, Toronto, ON, professional astronomer and noted astro photographer, chose a 10X10' SkyShed to house his beautiful 16" R.C. on a Software Bisque Paramount.

Paul creates amazing astro photographs and real science, working remotely from an office in his house nearby. There are no eyepieces on his scope, only cameras. Paul is so happy with his 10X10'  that he's added SkyShed info to the astronomy lectures he gives throughout North America. He has a great astronomy website with lots of information and fantastic astro photographs. You can visit it here www.backyardastronomer.com

Installation by SkyShed, photo taken day of construction, Paul Mortfield pictured. 
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Our Eastern Ontario SkyShed Dealer Glenn Mac Donald recently delivered a 6X8' SkyShed Kit to Rodger who built the shed with a few friends. Beautiful job guys! The Shed houses a Meade LX10, 8" S.C.T.. Rodger sent us a great note - 

"It is with great delight I announce first light with the Robinson Rd. Observatory (weather permitting). A few comments are in order. My wife, Louise, is not into astronomy at all but when she saw the SkyShed come together she was really pleased. She has been a great help to me during the construction and that didn't end there...

Wayne I have to give special thanks to Glenn Mac Donald. Glenn did a superb job of the Kit, delivered in a timely fashion and continued to provide valuable information via e-mail as I did the construction...

Thanks again Wayne and Glenn

Rodger" 

 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Brad did a great job with his 10X12' SkyShed. Notice the charming residential door. Brad writes "I want you to know that the SkyShed was the best investment I have made in astronomy." 

Thanks Brad. You made my day!  Wayne
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SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Another beautiful installation by our Upper Midwest SkyShed Dealer, Russ Mannigel. Doug's charming new 10X8' SkyShed is named "Sunnybrook Observatory". His 10X8' houses a Meade 10 inch f/6.3 LX200 w/wedge on a 
6 5/8" SkyShed Pier.

Doug writes "SkyShed was the best investment I ever made for my astronomy hobby."  Here's a link to his great astro related website with more info about his SkyShed.
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
We recently installed a 10X10' SkyShed for Terry in Nobleton, ON. The Shed houses a Celestron Nexstar 8i on a 6 5/8" SkyShed Pier. Terry is a retired fighter pilot (reserve, he never fired a shot in anger) and engineer who worked on numerous NASA projects including Apollo, Skylab and the Canada Arm. Terry's a great guy and "The Right Stuff". We're proud to have him as a customer. 

I've included a photo I took of Terry in his office. You'll notice just a few of the accolades Terry has hanging on his wall. I consider myself fortunate to have met him and spent time with him while planning for and building his Shed. One of the fringe benefits I get from building SkySheds is the great people we meet, like Terry!
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Ken's 8X8' SkyShed features a Celestron Nexstar 8 on a 6 5/8" SkyShed Pier. Ken's pier is offset 1 foot toward north to take advantage of a good southern horizon over Lake Erie. He chose the 6 5/8" in case he moves up to a larger scope in the future. Photos were taken day of construction
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Dob in a Shed Another installation by our excellent Southern Ontario installer Jay Leis  and his crew. Dave W's 10X10' SkyShed features a Sky Mentor 12 1/2" Dobsonian mounted on the Carlson/Stonehenge Dob Mount. The mount was offset 2' to the north to make the most of the southern sky with the big scope. Photos were taken shortly after construction.
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Manny M. from New Bedford MA built a SkyShed using the SkyShed Plans CD . He writes "The Skygazer Observatory, an 8'x8' SkyShed with pressure treated plywood on the floor and walls and stained Cape Cod gray. I also added a 1'x2'x3' cubby for my laptop and installed a 2" pipe below the floor for all my cables (as I plan on doing CCD imaging in the future). Next spring I plan on running electricity to the shed and putting paneling on the walls and possibly installing a ceramic floor." Great job Manny!
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Rob from Smithville Ontario's 10X12' SkyShed housing a beautiful Celestron CGE 14" on a 8 5/8" SkyShed Pier.
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Russ M. from near Spencer WI built this beautiful 10X12' SkyShed using our Plans CD. It houses a computer assisted C-8 and a Coranado Instruments PST. Russ says, "GREAT PRODUCT, I love my SkyShed". Russ has since become the SkyShed Upper Midwest Dealer/Installer. Contact him from our Dealer page.
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
John from Huntington VT sent us these photos of his 8X8' SkyShed he built using SkyShed Plans that houses a Meade LX90  and a 4" concrete filled tube with metal plates at top & bottom per the SkyShed plans. Great job John!
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
We recently installed a 6X8' SkyShed for Dr. Colin Barron of Toronto Ontario. His SkyShed houses a Celestron Nexstar 11 mounted on a Celestron wedge and a SkyShed 6 5/8" pier. Colin was so pleased with his shed he'd like another one up at the lake! Photos were taken day of construction.
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Hello Wayne, thanks for the wonderful SkyShed. It's everything I always wanted. There's plenty of room in the 6X8 and the (SkyShed) Pier has curbed my mount envy. My 20 year old Super Polaris is very solid on the pier. It's a beautiful thing.

Set up in the observatory is a 5" e130 Takahashi astrograph and Celestron C5 on the super polaris.   Robert Lenz, St Catherines
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Bob and Kate from the San Lorenzo Mountains just north-east of Santa Cruz sent these photos of their nearly completed SkyShed.  They used SkyShed Plans as a starting place for their own ideas and have ended up with a great place to spend time under the stars. 

The SkyShed, named "Buddha's Hand Observatory", houses a Meade LX200 10" on a Milburn wedge and a SkyShed Pier they had fabricated by local metal fabricator David.

To read an informative letter which accompanied the photos Click Here.
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
  
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
  
Dick from Washington, D.C. built this beautiful 6X8' Shed using SkyShed Plans. It's nice to see a SkyShed in  traditional
"Observatory White". Dick added a sliding window, residential door and more.

The Shed houses an 12" LX200 Classic on a 6 5/8" SkyShed Pier.

There's more great info on Dicks informative website Here
Great Job Dick! 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
We installed a 10X10' Shed for Dr. Paul B.. His Shed is located at his cottage near Orillia ON and houses a Celestron 8" SCT on a SkyShed 6 5/8" Pier.

The Shed is stained to match his cottage colour. Photo taken day of construction.

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Another great installation by our Upper Midwest SkyShed Dealer Russ Mannigel
 
Julie and Terry's 6X8' houses 
an 8" Meade LX200. 
 
They write "We just wanted to let you know what a great job Russ Mannigel did with our Sky Shed construction and installation. He and his girlfriend, Veronica, we're wonderful to work with." 
  
Thank Guys! Wayne
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Ralph Sawrey of
Centennial, Colorado, sent us this photo of his SkyShed that he built with the assistance of our Plans CD.

The SkyShed is 6X8' with 4'5" high walls housing a Celestron NexStar 8 GPS.
 Nice job Ralph!
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Troy Hudson our Western Canada SkyShed Dealer recently built this beautiful 10X10' SkyShed for
Johannes in the Edmonton area.
  
The Shed houses a Meade 10" 
LX200 on a SkyShed Pier.
 
 Nice job Troy!
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Michel from Quebec, Canada sent us this photo of his SkyShed incorporated into a new addition on his house. Michel had a heat from below problem at first but was able to locate the source and solve the heat problem. 

Michel wanted to get the Shed up high to be able to see over trees that surround the house. Great job Michel!
 

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Tim from Baton Rouge, LA writes
"I thought you might like to see my interpretation of your plans...

This is an 8x10' Shed that incorporates Hardipanels for the walls. It houses a Meade 10" and an Orion 80ED."

Very nice interpretation Tim!

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
Mike McCarville of Mazon, IL 
sent us this photo of his 10X14' SkyShed which houses a Nexstar 8 
and a 14" T-Scope.

Mike has named it 
"Mazon Creek Observatory"

Another excellent job by a 
SkyShed Plans owner!
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On the right, Ian Phillips' 8X10' SkyShed which houses a Celestron 9.25" GE GOTO 
on a 6 5/8"  diameter SkyShed Pier.
 

Below, Todd Carlson's 10X12'  with 6'6" high walls (Todd is 6'3") housing a  4" Vixen apo mounted on a Losmandy G-11 mated to a 60", 8 5/8" diameter SkyShed Pier and a 12.5" Portaball on an equatorial tracking platform.

SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Bill Braithwaite's 10X12'  with 
offset door, day of construction
 
Bill's Astro Physics 155mm F7 and a AP 900 Goto mount on a 8 5/8" SkyShed Pier. Note the new gray/black "TyPar" wall covering
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Theo Dimson's 10X12' SkyShed
(door is on the other side)
 
Keith Quattrocchi's nearly completed custom Remote SkyShed
  
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
SkyShed Roll Off backyard observatory for Celestron Meade and other popular telescopes
 
Rob Sharpe's "CCR Bustin Dog House" SkyShed. View his website Here
 
Glenn Mac Donald's "Indian Creek" SkyShed ready for staining...
and his trusty dog "Bow"
 
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Please welcome Adam and Tracy and their 10X12' to the SkyShed community. To adapt to the landscape Adam chose to have the door situated on the end of the observatory. Their SkyShed houses a Celestron CM 1100 and CI 700 mount on a 6 5/8" SkyShed Steel Pier. Adam's kind testimonial follows the photos.
 

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I'm writing this to thank everyone at SkyShed. The whole experience from the first phone call to the follow up after the installation was a great experience. I believe that any astronomers out there who want an observatory should call SkyShed. On the night of the installation it was cloudy; however, it was great to be able to roll off the roof and get a peek at Mars and the Moon before it completely clouded over. I'm sure we will get a lot of viewing in now we can just roll off the roof.

Thank you both Wayne and Brad. Not only are you both really nice guys, you are also a class act all the way. The skill and experience of Brad's carpentry and the enthusiasm, understanding and commitment to astronomy by Wayne shines through in all aspects of your operation.

It was a true pleasure to have met you both and to now have our observatory. Tracy and I are thrilled. It looks great and it works like a charm.

Thanks Again,

Adam and Tracy

 
SkyShed wins the prestigious Belmont Society "Polaris Award"!
 
  
Dear Wayne:
Notable in our series of awards is the Polaris Medallion, which is earned by astronomy-related Commercial websites offering products of excellent quality that are obtainable by the average amateur, and who offer exemplary guidance and instruction, plus friendly customer service. These criteria, although basic in nature, are not so readily found. We have been impressed with your product and website for some time, and we've come to the unanimous conclusion that SkyShed Roll-Off Observatories is highly deserving of the Polaris Medallion. Congratulations. You are the first winner of this award since its introduction in mid-2002.

 
 

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