Getting a POD
Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:52 AM
It will house my TEC 8" Mak on the AP Mach 1 and Losmandy HD tripod. I will concentrate on double stars and planetary videos and viewing as my backyard is only 12 miles from the center of Toronto and has a NELM of about 3.5 - 4.0.
I will only be living here for another two years and then I will be moving so I want an observatory I can take with me or sell, depending... This temporary status is why I'm not bothering with a pier as well. The temporary nature of my plan also avoids permits and inspectors.....
I will be raising the Pod up on one layer of 8" building blocks and bolting it down somehow and would like to hear back from folks who have done this sort of thing with their pods. I need to have the POD be a bit higher than the stock height as I am 6'6".
The inside floor will be patio blocks over compacted gravel with those 2'x2' foam interlock pads on top.
One of my needs is to be able to remove all sign of the observatory upon the sale of the house in 2015.....
Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:00 AM
I would imagine it's fairly easy to sink so anchors into the ground to hold your observatory. But, I'll let someone who owns a 'pod chime up.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:54 PM
I know you said you want to raise yours - but you really dont even need that much ground prep as you are planning - especially for a temp setup.
I just plopped my POD right on the grass and then build a circular deck inside with pea gravel under the decking. Pea gravel all around the outside and I'm dry as a bone all the time.
I used 12" galvanized spikes to anchor the pod to the ground via the bolt holes...
I'm 6'1, and while its a bit low, its not terrible getting in and out - inside height is fine with a lot of headroom.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:07 AM
Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:28 AM
Of course we want to follow the setup with pictures!
Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:09 AM
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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:31 AM
I'm 6' 2" and have a bad back (some limitations in my flexibility) and a normally positioned POD can be a bit of pain when entering and exiting.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:44 PM
Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:01 AM