If you live within a close enough distance to us or one of our SkyShed Authorized Dealer/Installers, we can erect an observatory for you on your site.

The installation will take two trips to your location, one visit to install the pier footing and a second visit to erect the observatory. 
 
At the end of the second visit your observatory will be ready stargazing.
 


If you live in the Southern Ontario
we can install on site.
 

You can choose from a variety observatory sizes and colour combinations for the building and the roof. We recommend a light coloured roof for heat reduction. 

In order to work well on your site we can install the roof to roll off - left or right.
 
Our observatories are constructed from high quality, long lasting pine wood with a light weight galvanized steel roof.
 
 

Testimonial 
  
After numerous days and nights of using my newly constructed 10'x12' SkyShed, I couldn't be more pleased. The quality of workmanship that Brad and Wayne have put into designing and creating a SkyShed is easily seen and appreciated. Even with both the 12.5" reflector on an equatorial base and the refractor on a SkyShed pier, there is still ample room inside and, from someone who has a history of back troubles, the ease in which the 12' roof slides off is very valued. 
 

 

From the first call to the completed installation, the entire experience has been enjoyable. Whether in an urban or rural location, without hesitation I would recommend a SkyShed to anyone who is considering an observatory.

Todd Carlson
SkyNews Magazine

 
Standard Sizes, Colours and Prices
 
Choose a size
 
Even the smallest SkyShed will house a huge telescope if real estate is at a premium and you don't have room for a larger footprint. It depends on whether you are doing visual or remote viewing. In the case of remote, if no one is going to be in the observatory when the telescope is operating, then you can afford to have a much larger telescope in the ob since you're not going to be taking up room at the same time. You can even have a huge scope and yourself in there at the same time if you don't mind ducking every now and then! 

The sizes below are based on numbers of observers and size of scope  

6'

Suitable for 1 person or remote operation and an SCT scope up to 16" (or equivalent).
8' Suitable for 1 or 2 people and an SCT scope up to 16" (or equivalent).
10' Suitable for 2 or 3 people with a few added guests and an SCT scope up to 16" (or equivalent) plus room for desk and shelves.
12' Suitable for 2 or 3 people with a few added guests and an SCT scope up to 16" (or equivalent) plus room for desk and shelves.
14' * For this size a building permit may be required Suitable for 1 or 2 telescopes (up to 2 piers). In the case of 1 telescope there is plenty of room for shelves desk a gear storage. Also suitable for large SCT or Dobsonian telescope. If you are interested in this size, you may want to consider a "warm room" addition.
16' * For this size a building permit may be required Suitable for 1 or 2 telescopes (up to 2 piers). In the case of 1 telescope there is plenty of room for shelves desk a gear storage. Also suitable for large SCT or Dobsonian telescope. If you are interested in this size, you may want to consider a "warm room" addition.
Custom Size We can work with you to determine a custom size to match your needs and budget.
 
 
Due to Ontario "snow load" building codes most municipalities limit non-permit structures to 120 square feet
(i.e. 10' X 12').
 
Check with your municipality or community association to make sure the observatory will fit within local restrictions. If you desire a larger observatory we will work with you to erect a custom sized structure.
 
Structure Stain Colours
 
 

 

             

Custom Colour
of Your Choice 

Golden Brown Red Cedar Grey

Steel Roof Colours
 

 
* We recommend a light coloured roof for heat reduction.
 

Install Prices 
 
* Assuming the installation area is relatively level
* A matched pier for your telescope must be added to these prices (or you supply pier)
* Price includes observatory installation. Minimum $250.00 extra for Pier Footing Installation, or save money and install the footing yourself.
* Six foot widths can be built with no windows or an offset door and one window.
* If you live outside a 200K radius of Toronto call us for travel pricing to your site.
* You may choose glass windows or "faux" nailed on window "look-a-likes" for increased security.
 * Custom structure colours or roof colours may be an additional charge.
 * Payment terms are 20% in advance and the balance upon completion of the observatory. We accept Cash, Certified Cheque, Money Order or Visa.
 
Prices (Canadian Dollars)
6' X 6' $4,125 10' X 6' $4,995
6' X 8' $4,360 10' X 8' $5,330
6' X 10' $4,625 10' X 10' $5,585
    10' X 12' $5,970
8' X 6' $4,450 10' X 14' $6,290
8' X 8' $4,700 10' X 16' $6,440
8' X 10' $5,030    
8' X 12' $5,400 12' X 8' $5,750
8' X 14' $5,700 12' X 10' $6,070
8' X 16' $6,000 12' X 12' $6,430
    12' X 14' $6,770
     12' X 16' $7,050
    Your Custom Size  ????
 
Additional Options  Residential Style Door $250.00, Dead Bolt for Residential Door $70.00, Extra Window and Flower Box $40.00, Fold Down Chart Shelf $100.00, Fold Down Wood Security Backing for Glass Windows $60.00. (2 Windows)
 
Bundled Pier Prices (Canadian Dollars + GST)
 
4 1/2"  diameter up to 36" in height Suitable for Meade or Celestron type telescopes up to 8". Small to Medium APO's $570.00
6 5/8" diameter up to 44" in height Suitable for Meade or Celestron type telescopes 8" to 12". Medium APO's $700.00
8 5/8" diameter up to 44" in height' Suitable for 12 - 14" SCT's. APO's,
Astro Physics, Tak's
$800.00
Custom Size Pier For 16-18" SCT's  Call/Email
* If your telescope or equatorial mount is a non standard type we will need a template of the bottom to create a matching adapter for the pier.
* It is important to determine the correct adapter plate to match the bottom of your telescope or equatorial mount to the top of the pier. We will determine the adapter type when we speak to you.
* Non Standard Pier adapter plates and piers longer than 42" will require an additional nominal charge, i.e. Astro Physics type adapters require an additional "collar" welded to the adapter plate - Additional cost - $50.00.
* See the pier page for more information about piers

If you have any questions concerning an observatory installation or would like to book and installation please call us at 519-345-0036 or email us and we'd be very happy to answer all of you questions.
 

 

 
 
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