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#1 EdmontonAB

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:13 PM

Pretty excited to start using the Mach 1, but the weather forecast tells me I could be waiting a while. Still need to finish the inside of the observatory. The polycarbonate roof is great and makes working in the observatory during the day very enjoyable.

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#2 Dan G

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:44 PM

Looks great Steve. You will really enjoy the Mach1.

Dan in NY

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

Does indeed look great, enjoy the mount.

One thing on the poly roof. I did the same in my obs and it turned it into a greenhouse in the summer. Fully 10ºC hotter on the inside.

#4 EdmontonAB

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

Good day Damien,

I have considered the heat in the summer. If it becomes and issue I am planning on putting up styrofoam boards in between the purlins. They will be held up by friction so that when I want to go in the observatory during the day I can just pull a couple of panels out to let in the light.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

Steve,
I saw this on your Flickr page. Very nice! Good job on the observatory and nice setup! :waytogo:

#6 hickeydp

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:20 AM

Hi Steve, that's a good idea. I ended up lining the inside with plastic sheeting which knocks out the light. I prefer your idea and will look into doing something similar myself.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:34 PM

Hi Steve Congrats! that looks awesome.
I hear ya about the weather. I've lived in the NW for more than a decade and this is the worst I've seen so far!
Let's hope for clear skies soon

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:44 PM

Steve that's a nice combo! Same here guys regarding the weather. I haven't had a completely clear night to image since the Mach 1 arrived. It's been around a 1 1/2 months now. There were a couple of clear nights, unfortunately the timing wasn't right.
Oh well, no hurries in astronomy.

Faron


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