BillD's Corner of the Net

BillD's corner of the Universe

Home Page - Site is always under construction.. Many broken bits and dud links

Serenity is my backyard observatory. When I first got into astronomy, I knew I wanted to get into Astrophotography. However, setting up and packing up the gear each night, quickly became an excuse not to do it, so I decided to look into getting a permanent observatory in my backyard…and the Serenity Project was born. 

While investigating my options, I discovered that while the ideal observatory is the classic dome shape, they are expensive to buy and very difficult to build. Back then the dome kits were rare and expensive and they were quite small and cramped. I decided to build a shed with a roof I could roll open. This was more like the standard square shape and was something I could build myself. 

Further down this page you will find details on how I built the Serenity Observatory back in 2008.   

The gallery below shows some of the images I have taken from the Serenity Observatory in my suburban backyard.

Solar Astrophotography
Solar Imaging

Solar Imaging Below you will find various images of our sun taken through a specifically

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Transit of Venus
Solar Astrophotography
Venus Transit

During the once in a lifetime Venus Transit event, I was all setup with two

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Building the Serenity Observatory

Constructing a Backyard Observatory

There are many types of backyard observatory designs. You can buy kits, prefab domes, or even convert existing sheds. I decided to build my own observatory from scratch. It is basically a 'Shed' design with a rolling roof.

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