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#1 Aquarist

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:47 AM

Well, the building permit came through. We have a specified location in our back yard and a specified construction plan using Technical Innovations 15 foot dome with dome automation. This dome will be mounted on a wooden platform with 3 foot walls from TI. The pier will be 24 inch diameter poured concrete with an ATS 10 inch diameter pier that is 26 inches high. This will result in an eye piece height looking at zenith of 46 inches and an eye piece height viewing the horizon of 54 inches with an Astro-physics 1600GTO mount. We plan to have at least one PC for control of the mount with ethernet going to the house to my office PC for observatory control.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:33 PM

Awesome, can't wait to see it!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

Congratulations Steve! We look forward to following your observatory, from start to finish!

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

Thanks Carol. Pier order from Advanced Telescope Systems goes out today. My stuff has 3-4 month lead times but the plan is for spring 2013 so that is not a problem.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

The fun begins....look forward to seeing the progress. I'm enjoying working on my own observatory, some challenges but still rewarding to just push the hatch open and start observing
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Posted 25 November 2012 - 07:18 AM

This is really exciting!

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

:applause:
Drooling like crazy!
Be Well
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:46 PM

Today I sent in the order for the Technical Innovations 15 foot observatory. Both the ATS pier and observatory are scheduled for March.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

The ATS pier has the option of getting the bolts and templates preshipped in order to do the concrete pier. I am lucky enough to have a Garmin GPS to find true north.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

Good for you! Can't wait to se the build and results. May even come over in person if you need help.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

Congratulations on your decision - that is some very nice obs / gear you are spec'ing - should be a fantastic addition for you. Look forward to your updates :)

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

Yes, I will keep everyone posted. Amazing lead times on stuff these days. 3 months for the Pier from ATS, March 6 shipping for the observatory itself.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

That is going to be an amazing home observatory, Steve! With a $30k+ observatory in place, what kind of scope will you put in it?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:59 AM

That is going to be an amazing home observatory, Steve! With a $30k+ observatory in place, what kind of scope will you put in it?

Greg


The plan is an Astro-physics 1600GTO mount with a Planewave CDK17 scope. Also planned is a small piggyback refractor (maybe Televue?) which hopefully can also be used if properly equipped, for some solar viewing. Fortunately my wife is "into" astronomy as well so this is not as tough a sell as it might otherwise be. We are older and realize there is no way to "take it with us". I am sure this seems extravagant to many, for which we apologize.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

That sounds amazing. I wouldn't be apologizing either - I think it's wonderful that you're doing what you want with what you have. That's the ultimate expression of freedom!

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:33 PM

Slight change of hardware plan. Still going with the Astro-physics 1600GTO but changed scopes to the Takahashi TOA 150. Reason is that I plan to get a Daystar filter and also do observing of the sun during clear days. I was lucky enough to find one TOA 150 coming into the country.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

Steve I don't say it enough around here but you "new builds" are living the life. I know just how you feel. I get a charge everytime I open up my observatory too! :jump: Mike

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:06 PM

Slight change of hardware plan. Still going with the Astro-physics 1600GTO but changed scopes to the Takahashi TOA 150. Reason is that I plan to get a Daystar filter and also do observing of the sun during clear days. I was lucky enough to find one TOA 150 coming into the country.


If you wanted a smaller mount the AP900 would handle the 150 fine.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:37 PM

Considering how much time, money, and effort you are putting into this amazing project, you might be underwhelmed by the compass accuracy of your Garmin. You might consider renting a surveyor's compass to be sure.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:10 AM

Considering how much time, money, and effort you are putting into this amazing project, you might be underwhelmed by the compass accuracy of your Garmin. You might consider renting a surveyor's compass to be sure.


Great idea. I did not know such existed.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:21 AM

Oh yeah before I forget. You'd better change the name to something else. Everytime I see it I think of only a cold beer! :p Mike

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

Well, it is actually memorializing my dog Blue, who sadly died November 18.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:45 AM

Ok, an update. Building permit approved; nontrivial amount of negotiation about location. Exact location approved by the building inspector. Telescopes will be Takahashi TOA 150 (change from CDK 17) and Lunt DS 100. Mount will be Astrophysics 1600GTO. Permanent pier will be from ATS. All of which is ordered with lead times varying up until about March. Technical Innovations Dome with ship date promised March 6. So, things are moving along but my impatience is growing.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

Notification from ATS yesterday that my 10" metal pier will be delayed until the middle of February because they sold far too many 10 inch piers. Wow! Observatory from Technical Innovations ships March 6. Astrophysics mount ships in March. Takahahshi TOA150 waiting in Houston. Lunt DS100 being completed for about April. So, it all is going to get exciting rather quickly. Today I am reading the observatory forum for "finishing ideas".

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

Steve, you will be busy; and we want photos to follow all this excitement!






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