The Bone Yard
Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:25 AM
I've been lurking in the observatories forum for the last year or so. I decided to build a sky shed last year when I realized I would actually do AP. So, over the winter and after many setups and tear downs due to the weather, I decided it would be worth the effort to build a sky shed. It's still a work in progress with the finishing touches; trim, stain and landscaping. But, it survived a hail storm and doesn't seem to be leaking yet .
Attached are some of the pictures. I hope you enjoy them! And thanks to everyone who has posted in the past; your pictures really helped me figure out what exactly needed to be done.
photo (5) by mads0100, on Flickr
Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:27 AM
photo (4) by mads0100, on Flickr
You'll notice the overhang pinned to the gable. This was due to some high speed winds that were really bending the overhang before I could cut it off. I removed those sections shortly after this and need to put rake trim over it.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:31 AM
photo by mads0100, on Flickr
Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:56 PM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 04:20 PM
I've been too busy at work to really enjoy the end result but I have had the opportunity to practice rolling it on and off and setting up. Definitely easier than lugging the mount/tripod/scope/etc out.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:13 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:31 AM
If you have the room and some time to build one, a shed really makes it easier.. and that's with one night under my belt!
Oh, and the wood pier is the other one. I was a little worried about doing the 'wood'. While it's not 'rock' solid, as you'd expect, it has no problem dampening out the movement of the scope and getting it ready prior to taking pictures with a fairly decent load on it. (35# or so).
Oh, and total cost was around $1500; not cheap by any means but definitely manageable. The most expensive parts were the sheathing, the roofing, and the darn track. I couldn't find anyone to give me a decent deal on track!! 40' of track and rollers cost me nearly 350 bucks... That was probably the biggest sticker shock. Other than that, 5/8" plywood for the walls isn't cheap either. However, it definitely makes for a nicely finished product in the end. The biggest thing I found was to buy wood as you needed. I was surprised to find a fairly significant difference in price of lumber depending on the when/where... For instance, lumber was cheaper at menards (2x4s, etc) but the sheathing was almost 20% cheaper at the local lumber center. I probably could've saved some money if I'd shopped around more.
The tool I didn't have and found I really needed was an electric shears. Cheap, bought one on Amazon for 36 bucks, and it cuts through metal roofing like butter. Otherwise, I only used a circular saw, a sawz-all, a miter saw, and an electric driver/drill. I used mostly 3" screws to put it all together too.
One thing I would've done differently with the roof is probably to properly sheath it with plywood decking. I don't think it would've weighed significantly more (just over 2 sheets of plywood of the thinnest stuff I could find if I did it) and it would've saved me a few bad punctures of the metal roofing. Oh, and I bought 1 5/8" roofing screws, when I should've just bought 2.5"... I only needed a few of the 2.5" but it was at the end of the day when I wanted to be done! And, with the metal roofing, you'll need to rent a larger shear tool to cut it evenly to the length of your roof. I think the electric shear could be used too, it just wouldn't be "as" clean.
Oh, and build the roof with pre-made materials. It cost 35 a piece from the local box store to have 4/12 pitch gable ends bought. There just isn't a reason not to make it simple .
Finally, you're really gonna need a buddy to help you out with this. I needed help for about 3 days of construction; the foundation, actually throwing the walls up, and finally getting the steel roofing on. Mostly it was a weight thing; I could manage the parts by myself but it wasn't easy!
Well, time for bed since the clouds rolled in.
Thanks again, and CS!
Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:45 AM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:29 PM
The skyshed 'demo' picture is what I'd like to go for .
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:38 PM
Maybe you should paint a Bone (B-1 for you non-Air Force types) on the side of it!
(8 years on the Buff)
Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:40 PM
Your shed looks good too. What do you have in it?
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:37 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:38 PM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:03 PM
The Rising Sun's primary instruments are a couple of solar scopes. I also have a C14 Edge.
Keep us updated on your progress!
Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:49 PM
That refractor is amazing! I'm thoroughly jealous . Maybe a large SCT, but I can't imagine having something like that in my 'shed'. Oh, and I got it stained over the last few days. Just in time for some thunderstorms. Took some of my first pictures too; if they turn out I'll post them. So far I'm very happy with the polar alignment and just general ease of use. Best money I've spent on astronomy!
The neighbors were definitely interested in what I was doing. They had trouble grasping exactly how it was going to open up in order to let the telescope out. Apparently they had a tally on how many different ways it could work out . Either way, they said it was, 'neat'.
What seat did you sit in buffs btw? I'm a back seater.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:47 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:32 PM
Untitled by mads0100, on Flickr
I think the biggest thing I was surprised about is how effective wood is as a pier. The 6x6 has remained true and dampens out any vibrations quickly. It has some movement when you slew the mount around, but it's quickly removed and there isn't any issues during AP.
Here is my best example so far: my focus is a bit soft but there are round stars! The biggest change I've made hardware wise is a lode star guider... it made a HUGE difference between binning/better CCD chip.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 05:55 AM
The color theme sure does pop out of the surrounding though!
Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:46 AM
The colors do pop out a bit . Most people seem to match their house, but since my house is grey... I wanted something a little more interesting in the backyard.
How's your roof obs coming?
Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:07 AM