Astrogizmos AstroGazer Observatory
Posted 26 August 2012 - 06:19 PM
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:05 AM
I would give it a go, but it isn't much more to go to a skyshed pod. Lots more room there though
I agree. While this is a NICE observatory, with lots of room, it just doesn't suit itself to a permanent installation IMHO. And if you want "temporary" at a star party? Man, all those pieces and parts. A buddy of mine had one and loved it, but eventually just couldn't convince himself to assemble one even for four-five day plus outings. I think something like a Kendrick Observer's Tent is probably more practical, if not as nice to use. And yet...it is a very well made thing, and I like everything about it except all them pieces and parts. And even so I still think about this one from time to time; once it is up it is great.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:59 AM
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Posted 01 September 2012 - 12:02 PM
As for the permanent installation, you really have to gauge your winds. I would put one most anywhere so long as it is surrounded by 6 foot privacy fence and tied down well. If you put the fence in a shape like a hexagon it becomes naturally very strong, like a tube, especially if you make the joints strong with straps of steel or brackets.
You can buy the necessary fence and posts for about $300. That is what I am about to to. I live in a high wind area. In the first location, it was well shielded and there was no trouble.
I have also considered that you might install QuikCreted 2x2 treated posts at each of the uprights where the rollers are. This might be sufficient if you already have fair wind shielding.
It is perhaps not totally ideal, but to get a dome so nice and big in a conventional building costs huge money. If installed right, you won't have any worries with the AstroGazer. It had survived many thunderstorms and it took an F1 tornado to pop it. Even then, only a couple of small plastic parts were really broken. Glen
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:04 AM
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