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#26 Manie

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:32 PM

Construction and progress reports on the HCS Observatory, Hazyview, South Africa. HCS = "Hazyview and Clear Skies". A fifty year long wish comming true !
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HCS Obs. starts off - page 1

Cardboard Polygons/Rings/Guid wheels - page 2

Dome/Pier starting - page 3

Pier Construction Starts



#27 Kaizu

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 01:02 PM

My little aluminium hut
Cityobservatory
Before the drawing is a link to the list of Finnish amateur observatories (only those which have their own homepages)

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#28 Chris Schroeder

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 05:43 PM

My Blue Spruce PODservatory
http://tinyurl.com/339o3c

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#29 dietmar

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 09:44 AM

this is a cool thread!
there are lots of fascinating observatories presented here and some guys really have a "castle" as dome - whow.

so here is my humble observatory:
building

more about that and what is inside can be found here
Stargazer-Observatory

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 10:35 AM

The main construction, Broke ground 4-22-06. Moved scope in 7-3-06. Finished tweeking & accessorizing--- well that will never be done :rainbow:

CN Thread = http://www.cloudynig...ll/fpart/1/vc/1

http://Hawkeye-observatory.com

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#31 RobVG

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 11:23 PM

Peekaboo Ridge
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#32 Richard Scott

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 04:52 PM

The Blue Moon Observatory: My goal was to build it, adding up every receipt, from the first pour on the pier to the carpet on the floor for $1,000. I went over budget by 36 bucks.

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#33 Strgazr27

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 10:19 PM

Rob asked me to add mine to the list so here goes :)

StonyHill Observatory

It's a start to almost finished (Are they really ever finished? ;) ) thread.

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#34 starsplitter2000

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 05:32 PM

I have one question regarding many of these observatories.
What do you do in the wintertime?

I would love to put an observatory in and am considering a shed from Home Depot measure 8x12. I was thinking about creating a small warm room for computers and me.

#35 Spoonsize

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:28 PM

This is our first observatory. Our first scope, purchased in 1997 was a 114 EQ clone. cheap. I thought at the time that it was too heavy to carry in and out of the house, so this roll off was the result. It did a fine job until a year ago, when I replaced it with an Explora Dome.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:30 PM

And then the ED dome...under construction, the roll off is in the background. It's since been removed.

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#37 Michael Morris

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:43 AM

Here is the Almira Observatory. Details (including construction photos and useful links) can be found by following the link in my signature at the bottom of this post.

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#38 Pedro Scorza

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 11:51 AM

here's mine in Puerto Rico. :grin:

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#39 csa/montana

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 05:10 PM

Here is my Montana Observatory, the DreamCatcher. It was built by Scott Horstman & family & is his BYO #99! Built Sept. 2007.

It is 10'X10' with a motorized roll-off roof. It's a special design for Dobs; the walls are 3' high.

Here is the link for the building of it.

The DreamCatcher

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#40 Steph

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:45 PM

Hmmmm, I never added mine to the list! Serenity Observatory was started (the pad) in March 2007 and built (the real thing) in April 2007 by Scott and Kenny from Backyard Observatories as BYO #85. The CN construction thread is here. :) I've finally started doing some more minor improvements to the inside and will take and post pics somewhere to show those, but here is an interior pic showing a wonderful sign made for me by CN's own Mike Lewis. :bow:

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#41 Bowmoreman

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 08:06 AM

Just realized mine's not here either!

Wilder Skies Observatory: Bolton, Massachusetts. Built by Backyard Observatories (Scott and team!) end of July 2007.

Introductory thread with site pictures, and debates about location: Just got Permission

Construction and launch thread, with many pictures (and barbeque!): Thus Begins Wilder Skies Observatory

Clear skies all - and to those CONSIDERING an observatory - just do it - best investment in viewing you can ever do

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#42 Raven911

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 12:54 PM

Here is my little scope shed... Skunky Acres Observatory. More like a sliding roof shelter than a full fledged observatory. I squeezed my 10" SNT and a computer in there.

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#43 Vesper818

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 01:10 PM

Treehouse Observatory

Stealth mode by day
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Screens out, and ready for the nighttime..
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#44 MHamburg

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:49 PM

:roflmao:I would like to add West Hill Observatory in the Berkshires of western Mass that I began 20 years ago. I am a little more experienced now so my mistakes cry out to me. But I'm working on it.

Meade DS16
Orion 80mmED
Orion Starfinder 6" Dob
Celestron 114mm Nexstar

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:32 PM

Just thought I would add the Lily Lake observatory in Northern Illinois. This is a roll off that opens in both directions. It holds two telescopes. It is built using normal specs. The roof sections are pretty heavy but roll on a gate track on whells that are grooved for the track. Very little friction.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:37 PM

This is the interior. The piers are steel set on concrete pads. They are made of two sections. One section slides into the larger base. The hieghts can be adjusted with spacers. The piers are filled with sand. The taller pier has a top section that can be adjusted. The adjustable sections allow the pier too be directly aimed at Polaris, with the fine tuning handled by the wedges.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:45 PM

The Dark Sky observatory is in North Central Iowa on our farm. This one is a POD. It was just finished last week.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:49 PM

This is an image of the Thinking Outside plastic shed observatory, also in Iowa, that was replaced by the POD. It is still there and will be used for smaller scopes and as a warm / storage room.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:50 PM

A picture of the POD withe the Meade 12 inch Supercharged LX200.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 10:16 PM

Here's my contribution - Mount Jennings Observatory a.k.a. BYO #100.

Construction link: Mount Jennings Observatory

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