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#1 Magellan

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:54 PM

This is my first Observatory and I am excited, winters get cold here and the worst part of imaging is setting up, aligning, drift aligning, polar alignment, it takes a lot of time, time I could be taking pictures. It takes about an hour to get everything setup. Now all I have to do it open the door and turn it on, I hope anyway :)

I rented the largest Uhaul trailer I could haul on my jeep and glad I did, I only had inches of play left after loading everything. It really is large and I was worried I wouldn't have enough room to move in it as I am not a small guy but there is lots of room to breathe in it.

The dome was the most difficult, I had help, thank god! but getting it to line up proved to be challenging, I mean I watched the install video so many times I figured it can't be that hard but it was something stupid, like it not sitting in the groove properly.

There is a few things that were missing:

1.) One of the short bolts in the dome roofing was missing, no big deal I can easily get one at home hardware
2.) another bolt was missing in one of the track brackets, again easy to fix
3.) Bolt to slide to lock the dome.
4.) one I need to replace is, the door key, it was missing, was in the door when I got but lost it somewhere from the trailer to my backyard, visually can't see it, might ask to borrow my neighbors metal detector.

Can the key be replaced?

I can't wait to try it out and get my scope setup after I get a replacement key. Enjoy the pics everything and share in my excitement :)

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#2 csa/montana

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:01 PM

Congratulations on your observatory! :bow: Really nice, and you will wonder what you did before it; as it's so convenient & time saving; not to mention protection from the elements!

#3 Ed Wiley

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:30 PM

Congratulations on your new Pod. I love mine although with my setup I have to be careful moving around the observatory. (A G-11 and a F22.5 Dall Kirkham take up lots of space.) With my rig I found the PZT shelf to be a necessary addition. It is easy enough to move, even for a guy who is 67. I will be interested in your experience as it looks like you do not have the PZT.

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#4 Magellan

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

I am wondering that myself, a CGEM with Orion 8" Astrograph with Celestron 80mm guidescope is big too, might have to rotate the OTA a bit as I need to get up pretty high for alignment.

#5 Starman27

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

Jeff,

Good looking POD. Enjoy it. I have found mine to be a great asset. I don't have a PZT, I am considering it now.

#6 Bob Griffiths

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:17 PM

Pick up the phone and call Wayne... I'm betting that the keys are all identical but Wayne should be able tp help you out with either a new lock mechanism or just (a FEW if you are like me) the key..

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#7 Glen A W

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

Looks great! It will take your astronomy to a new level. I can't wait until I have an observatory again. GW

#8 SkyShed

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:41 PM

Congrats Jeff! Nice job. Excellent sky.

I see your key question was answered in the POD Yahoo group. You're right about the rest of the hardware you need.

As the second owner you probably wouldn't know that we tell new POD owners it is VERY important that they make backup copies of their keys. You should do that with your new ones.

Let me know if you need help anything else.

Have Fun!
Wayne
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#9 YetAnotherHobby

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

If you search this forum for 'homemade PZT' there is a clever design made solely from dimensional lumber. Not as slick as the Skyshed solution, but it works just fine. I copied it in one afternoon. I do recommend the quick release clamps from Skyshed - taking those 9 bolts out each time you open the dome would get old fast!

#10 SkyShed

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 06:02 PM

Plus if you make your own PZT you can still get the Quick Release Brackets (QRBs) from us to remove the dome in a jiffy.

Have Fun!
Wayne
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