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#451 timwetherell

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 04:07 PM

thanks for sharing this fascinating project - it's so beautifully implemented. What a cool observing space :)

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 02:20 PM

and thank you, Tim! :grin: I'm glad you enjoyed the journey -- the observatory is a haven in my celestial voyages.

Build an observatory and I really think you'll never regret it! :grin: One would be fantastic for your amazing APO (I enjoyed viewing your artworks also = beautiful and incredible!).

Wishing you Clear Skies!

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:50 PM

This has to be the most outrageous thing I have ever seen. SO JEALOUS! My wife saw me looking at this thread and said "Please tell me you aren't going to build one of those fort things"......

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

:grin: I'm glad you enjoyed reading about our endeavor! It's so fun to see all the creative ways people design and build their observatories. Every site is unique and so are the requirements and challenges to solve. I hope Crow Haven Observatory gives others some ideas and things to consider. I love my sky "fort." :lol: Thanks for your reply! :grin:
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:43 AM

Hi Maya,just spent a couple of hours on this thread, having found it by accident, love everything about your site, the build of the observatory and your telescopes,just be thankful I live in the UK and not at the bottom of your drive. Did you ever dare to total up the final bill ?

regards Gordon from a cloudy and damp Cornwall UK

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:54 AM

Hi Gordon, I'm glad you found the thread and enjoyed it! :grin: The total cost of everything from digging out the site, the labor, electrical, pier, etc.(except the scopes) was approximately $25,500. We didn't cut any corners, we wanted this building to last. There's no regrets!

I'm also very familiar with cloudy/damp conditions, like you put up with over there -- another reason for the build being as it is to protect things from humidity and offer the most opportunities to observe whenever possible.

Regards to if you lived nearby...it would be great to have another observing enthusiast nearby to share this with! :grin:

Clear Skies!
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:24 PM

Hi Maya, worth every penny, and I'm emigrating as we speak lol, I'm quite disappointed you have finished I was enjoying following the build so much


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:55 AM

Hi Maya all gone quiet on this thread ?


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

I love your Moon and Mars globes! I've never seen those before; what a sheltered life... I just found a pair of iOS apps though. It'll have to do!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

Wow... Quite the project. I have a 12 acre lot on a south facing hill side, but I'd have to cut down half a forest to get the view you have!!! :p

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:43 PM

Hi Gordon, John and Bill (snowcrow!) :grin:
Thanks for the replies and reading through this looooong thread!

It's been quiet at Crow Haven --- just rain rain rain (I should be "raincrow" here) since late fall. The views are great when the weather behaves. The hillside brush has been further removed up the hill behind the observatory leaving nice forest that can be walked through. Perhaps this summer more work around the outside of the observatory can get done and create a good spot for my dob too.

I got another moon globe recently -- this one is the new 12" S&T multi-colored topographic moon globe! I really like this one a lot as you get a real sense of the heights and depths of the features at a glance. :grin:

Clear Skies to all!
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:47 PM

Hey Maya, good to hear from you! Can you post a pic of your new globe? And maybe a few of the area near the Obs since things have been cleared out?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:56 PM

Hi! :grin: It's pouring down rain here today, so I can't take pictures, maybe tomorrow if there is a break in this slop. I'll try to photograph the moon globe and post it soon though. :grin:

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

Thanks Maya, you have a beautul Obs!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:11 PM

:grin: Glad you enjoyed the thread and obs design!
Here's the moon globe --
and two cats at Crow Haven (I'm the original owner of both)... :grin:

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:13 PM

cats ready to play...

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:16 PM

Beautiful globe! Nice cats as well. My signature lists a small indication of my addictions. I ran out of room before I ran out of stuff to list. This hobby can consume you!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

This hobby can consume you!




:grin: Absolutely, but what FUN, right! :grin:
P.S. On the subject of cars/fun -- I once had a 1951 MGTD I helped my dad work on...

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:26 PM

Oh yeah! Old British sports cars are a passion. Totally impractical for south Texas, they run hot, you're sitting over the exhaust, no A/C. Who cares! Over powered, under braked and 4" of ground clearance, just plain fun.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:04 AM

Hi classic cars are my other passion too here is one of my most recent although I don't have one right now

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:06 AM

Maya, that globe is awesome!!

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:08 AM

Folks, let's stay on the subject of Observatories. Your beautiful pictures of cars, would be better suited in OTO. :shameonyou:

Thanks!

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

Opps sorry, but it does have a roll off roof

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:52 AM

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:59 PM

:grin: Okay Carol -- but those old sports cars are reallllly hard to resist! :grin:

Here's the promised pic updates on further work to the obs property, clearing the brush and trees further back for fire protection and view improvement. I took these pics this a.m. when the sun peeked out for a brief time...a couple of deer showed up to browse. They get along well with our 3 goats which do a great job keeping the brush eaten wherever they can get to it.

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