This is an interesting structure we built in 2004. The goal was to have a lightweight, easily assembled base that would be absolutely solid for a super accurate high power telescope and camera. It takes about 4 hours for 3 guys to assemble or disassemble the structure on the balcony. Here are all the parts, stored nearby.
Here's the balcony where it's going to live
Next is the base partially assembled
View from under the bases- notice that it's all fabricated from aluminum
An observatory, ready to use, just in time for the viewing of Halley's Comet!