Planetary movements

September 13, 2002

Amateur astronomer Steve Reid has created his own observatory out of an old septic tank. Mr Reid paid £3.50 for the second-hand glass-fibre sphere that was once connected to a toilet. He cut it in half to form a 6ft dome and used it as the roof for his observatory, a circular shed at the bottom of his garden in Conwy, North Wales. His £5,000 telescope peeps through a slot in the roof. Mr Reid told The Sun : "I always wanted my own observatory but thought it would cost tens of thousands. Then I saw the septic tank and realised it was ideal. I'm over the moon with it."

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