Christmas present to myself
Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:14 PM
I'm finding that I just don't have enough time to enjoy the rare clear nights that come along here, especially with setup time involved. I want to do more AP and it takes me an hour to haul everything out, set it up and polar align. Then, of course it takes time for tear down too. That essentially leaves out any possibility of AP on weeknights when I have to get up the next day for work.
So I decided that if I want to be able to use my equipment with any regularity, it needs to be set up and ready to go in an observatory. And this looks like the least expensive way to go. Lots of happy customers too, so it comes with a good pedigree.
I would have waited, but they announced on their website that the prices are going up by about $500 on the first of the year. So I took the plunge! Won't be able to get it installed till later on in the summer, but the process has started!
I will, of course, post pictures when any progress occurs.
Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:35 PM
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:59 AM
Dan what can I say besides congratulations !!
especially since the prices will continue to escalate ...
I purchased MY ED in early 2006.. and today I could not even replace the dome itself for what I paid for my entire, complete and fully functional observatory
Bottom line... I feel like I stole it...and I bet in 6 or 7 years you will look back and say the same thing..
Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:08 AM
All the best for the new year!!!
Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:35 PM
If you enjoy your P.O.D half as much as I enjoy mine, then your in for a treat.
Looking forward to the pics.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:35 PM
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:56 PM
Looks like you're stocking up for retirement. Good plan, worked for me.
That's the plan! Won't be able to get these kinds of expenditures approved by the CFO once the revenue stream is gone!
Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:13 PM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:59 AM
I'll bet you'll be humming "Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me ... " (to the tune of Happy Birthday) for the next few months.
Welcome to the "dark side" ... you're going to love it.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:40 PM
Why wait till summer? Just clear out the place where you want it, rent a couple of construction heaters and a fan. Pick a day when it's not raining or snowing and the wind is not too strong. You can dry a place up in 12 hours.
It's hard to stop a train (and a dedicated astronomer )
Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:59 PM
Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:58 AM
These issues revolve around our local evil building inspector ... one I've had run-ins (and legal battles) with in the past. First, I want to put this thing on a raised deck. I'll have to dig footer holes that go below the front line, which is 4 feet here. That ain't gonna happen till late spring when the ground dries up and I can get my tractor and post hole digger out there.
I've had a brief discussion with the inspector regarding this installation and I can smell trouble already. He said if the structure is more than 25 square feet (it is), then it has to meet code for snow and wind load. The folks at Skyshed have not had these certified for snow and wind load and don't intend to because of the exorbitant cost. They also said they have dozens of these installed in NY state and this is the first time anyone has asked for this information. I backed off and decided to take a different tack.
In the spring, I plan to get a permit for the deck, install it, and get all the proper inspections. That's straightforward and should cause no problems. Then I'll wait 4-6 weeks, at which point the POD will appear on the deck after a weekend. At that point, the ball will be in his court. If he notices it, it will be up to him as to whether he wants to waste the town's time and money to do something about it.
And if he does, I'm pretty sure I'm covered anyway. I looked up the NY state building codes which state that a temporary structure of less than 120 square feet (which this is) does not need a permit. And it defines a temporary structure as one which is in place for less than 180 days. For this installation of the POD I'll be installing a wooden frame off to the side which allows me to push the dome off to the side for better zenith access when I need it. That means that I am completely removing the roof each time I use it. When the roof is removed, there is no longer a "building" in place. What remains is a 4' plastic fence. So that means that every time I use it, I am disassembling the building. I think that qualifies as a temporary structure.
Worst case, if he decides to push it, I'll have to go to the town board and plead my case. I don't think I'll have a problem. You know the old saying - easier to ask forgiveness than permission. BUT ... it does mean I have to be patient.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:43 PM
You are completely correct, it's a temporary structure.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:19 PM