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Nick Reed's telescope sits on a separate pedestal mounted on the floor of the hut. The stationary mount keeps the instrument dry and free from vibrations. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Little hut on the prairie protects telescope investment

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For backyard sky watchers and stargazers, Nick Reed's nifty invention is heavenly.

Sitting out in a rural Osage cornfield, his tiny observatory looks like a funky shed.

But there's no dried corn or hay inside. It holds Reed's telescope.

Called a DobHut Observatory, it's designed for the amateur astronomer in mind. Want to watch a meteor shower at 3 a.m.?

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