An observatory that's bigger on the inside

An observatory that's bigger on the inside

An observatory that's bigger on the inside

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June 22 2011 6:43 AM

An observatory that's bigger on the inside

Duncan Kitchin is an amateur astronomer in Oregon. Like many of us, he has a telescope that's kind of a pain lugging outside (my old 'scope was the same size and shape as a water heater, leading to much hilarity as it sat in the living room). Duncan got tired of dragging it out when it was clear, then hauling back inside when the observing was done.

What's a guy to do?

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Well, if you're an astronomer and a Doctor Who fan, the solution is obvious: pour a concrete pad, install the permanent mount for the 'scope, and then make yourself a protective shell around the whole thing... shaped like the TARDIS!

FanTAStic. How flippin' cool is this? It's an excellent replica, and it's functional (hmmmm). The side with the handles comes off, revealing the mount; the rest of the TARDIS is on wheels and can be rolled back, leaving just the 'scope itself to bring out and install:

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That makes for a much easier night of observing. Duncan notes it's designed to keep water out. I hope it keeps water in as well, in case of any mishaps with the Doctor's pool.

I want one of these (and that telescope, a very yummy Takahashi FSQ-106ED) SO BAD! And Who wouldn't? After all, it may look small on the outside, but it has access to the whole Universe on the inside.

Images courtesy of Duncan Kitchin.


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