It was initially housed in a rectangular observatory and an extremely heavy counterweight, purchased from his employers, balanced the telescope tube on an offset English mounting
. The scaffold pipes used for the square tube were salvaged from his parents' house, and all this demonstrated his skills in putting together a well-made instrument from various sources.
(Readers of Texereau's 1st edition will know what I mean.) I then built an English mounting
to hold the beast, as this was achievable with simple carpentry and would carry the weight, and a shed to cover it.