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Visual, Film or Electronic Observing? , to the recording of observations electronically, for various purposes, including imaging, positional measurement (astrometry), and brightness measurement (photometry). The use of film photography is still common in some types of observing work, notably the recording of meteors, but it is undoubtedly “on the way out”. The CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) chips and their associated electronics and digital processing techniques can now do all that film and visual recording could do in the past, and much more.
A rooftop may seem to be an ideal location, with good, unobstructed views, but in fact, in most locations, this situation will also expose the observatory to the maximum of wind and the maximum of local artificial lighting. In general 31 32 Setting-up a Small Observatory the region of the sky below 20° altitude is not much use for observing anything – it suffers too much from atmospheric absorption and refraction and turbulence. Obstruction of the 20° nearest the horizon is not much of a loss, and will be a good thing in many locations, where there are streetlights and house lights to contend with.
Initially, of course, the issue will be gaining acceptance from other members of your household. The most visually intrusive type of observatory is the white dome made of fibreglass or other material. There are good reasons for it being white: it will reflect most sunlight, preventing the interior from becoming too hot in the daytime, which will mean that the equipment inside does not takes too long to cool down at night. White domes are in some ways ideal, but a compromise on colour may be necessary to please neighbours and other family members.