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#1 Sidereus Nuncius

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 04:36 PM

Hello everyone,

The crew from Backyard Observatories finished up my observatory this morning :jump: They did an excellent job and they're great guys to hang out with to boot.

I will have more questions and pictures soon, just thought I'd drop into this forum and say 'hi!'.

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#2 djallar

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 04:40 PM

Louis,

That looks great! BYO guys do a great job!

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:21 PM

Louis, Congratulations on your BYO observatory! You will so enjoy it. We will be looking forward to many more posts on your observatory; and welcome to this forum!

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:33 PM

Hi Louis,
Wow - Congrats on the new site. Going by the photo, BYO have done a great job for you there..,

Not having anything like this service in the UK, its always a huge opportunity to have a look at a project like yours so we can benefit from afar!

Can't wait to see the photos!

Regards,

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#5 Starman27

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 05:46 PM

Another great observatory from BYO. Enjoy it!

#6 Bob Griffiths

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 06:20 PM

Another great observatory from BYO. Enjoy it!


Scott does do a very nice job ... no ands.. no iffs and definitely no butts...

IF anyone has ever been disappointed with BYO Its a well kept secret...

Looks GREAT Plus I bet it will work GREAT...

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 06:24 PM

Scott does do nice work doesn't he. Congrats on the new digs.

#8 Sidereus Nuncius

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 06:39 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words and welcome to the forum :)

We moved to our present location 6-1/2 years ago and for 6-1/2 years minus about three days I thought I could build my own. I finally came to the realization that if it's going to get built BYO is the way to go.

Naturally, it's rainy today so I'll get interior pics when I can open the roof. I don't have the pier installed yet so I won't be fully operational for a little while.

My to-do list:
- get the pier installed
- get electricity (using an extension cord at the moment)
- get networking up and running

and, most importantly,
come up with a name ...

#9 Chris Schroeder

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:32 PM

Looks great, congratulations on your new observatory Louis :waytogo:

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:56 PM

Fantastic!!!...Clear Skies to you!!!! :waytogo: :watching:

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:19 AM

Congratulations on the new obs Louis! Scott and the BYO crew do a great job, I've had mine almost three years now.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:09 AM

Another terrific BYO! Looks great!!

David

#13 Digital Don

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 03:47 PM

Where have I seen something like that before??? In my yard!

Scott does a nice job, doesn't he!

Don :usa:

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:22 PM

Hey Louis!

1) Congratulations and welcome to the BYO Family!
2) What BYO # are you now? (Thinking Scott must be into the high 100's if not 200 by now)
3) If you're like me, you'll still be using a heavy duty extension cord... 3 years later :lol:

Again, congratulations and thanks for shooting a job Scott's way, they are "Good People"

He does a great job and it's amazing how FAST he can put these suckers up, huh?

clear enough skies

#15 bob midiri

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:51 PM

Awesome Lou!! How about naming it the Lincoln University Observatory!! Bob Midiri

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 06:22 PM

You could name it Van Helden Observatory after the guy who translated Siderius Nuncius.

#17 Sidereus Nuncius

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:54 PM

Hey Louis!

1) Congratulations and welcome to the BYO Family!
2) What BYO # are you now? (Thinking Scott must be into the high 100's if not 200 by now)
3) If you're like me, you'll still be using a heavy duty extension cord... 3 years later :lol:

Again, congratulations and thanks for shooting a job Scott's way, they are "Good People"

He does a great job and it's amazing how FAST he can put these suckers up, huh?

clear enough skies


If I didn't contract BYO, my backyard would still be "empty."

We're fortunate to have someone in the hobby doing this, instead of having to hire a general contractor.

I'm number 130.

#18 Sidereus Nuncius

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:57 PM

Awesome Lou!! How about naming it the Lincoln University Observatory!! Bob Midiri


Hey Bob. Maybe the DVAA group might like to see a picture or two :)

For all I know Lincoln University has an observatory. Could be an ugly lawsuit ... besides, you know how PA works. I don't really live in Lincoln University anyway :p

#19 Sidereus Nuncius

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:58 PM

You could name it Van Helden Observatory after the guy who translated Siderius Nuncius.


Interesting idea. I might have to start a new thread and do a poll of names.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:04 PM

Yeh Lou send some over , bob

#21 Chris Purves

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 01:45 PM



Not having anything like this service in the UK, its always a huge opportunity to have a look at a project like yours

skybsd


Oh yes we do!

Posted Image

Alexanders Observatories do this in the UK

http://www.alexander...ervatories.com/

Chris

#22 Sidereus Nuncius

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Posted 26 May 2010 - 09:34 PM

I whipped up a quick photo gallery of the observatory construction. I didn't get to take as many photos as I would have liked since I had to be at work :(

http://astronomiae.c...lery/index.html

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 10:56 AM

Very nice, Louis!

Looks like the standard "BYO progression!"

Curious: what are you going to use for a Pier? (since I see you had 3 bolts instead of the more typical 4???)

Looks like Scott and Don got it done quickly (or your weather didn't change much DURING!) :lol:

congrats again!

clear enough skies

#24 CAVEMASTER

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 12:53 PM

I want one!

#25 gillmj24

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 12:54 PM

Can I check it out sometime?


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