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#1 MMICKELS

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 12:34 AM

Hi folks. I was wondering if you all have any links that may be of interest to others wanting to build an observatory. If you would be so kind as to post them here, I'll organize them in a thread and make it sticky at the top of the forum. Thank you in advance! :bow:

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 03:36 AM

I don't have detailed info as of yet but here is a
pictorial of my observatory.

Tcraig


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#3 Jeff Young

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 04:30 AM

Mark --

Certainly the 7-ton pier thread on this very forum was one of my favorites.

Doc G has a nice page on design considerations (including a very good dome vs. roll-off-roof discussion): The MAPUG archive has good info on both observatories and piers: Of course, there's also Bill Arnett's list (which must be the most complete list of amateur observatories in existence):Bill Arnett's "Japanese tea house" was quite an inspiration to me. This one might be subtitled "Just how good an observatory can look":For those in colder climates, this one is a must read:These last two might not be as generally applicable, but they were the closest to what I wanted to build and so very helpful for me:-- Jeff

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 08:27 AM

7 Ton Pier, Chapter 1

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 08:31 AM

7 Ton Pier, Chapter 2, Building the Observatory

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 08:43 AM

I have a page that shows the start of construction and on going changes and upgrades to my purchased domed observatory. Maybe someone might find it useful.
http://www.jatobserv...nstruction.html
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#7 Winni

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 12:07 PM

Hi!

I have a bunch of pictures from building my "starlight trap", have a look:
http://hometown.aol....iger/page2.html

http://hometown.aol....iger/page3.html

The text is unfortunately in german, I will try someday to translate it in english...maybe :crazy:

greetings and cs from Bavaria
Winni :D

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 01:37 AM

How about some links to some mobile observatories?

Many of us have to travel to find dark skies.

Thanks

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 07:49 AM

Don’t have anymore info on this but the picture in this link looks interesting:
http://azstellarvision.com/mobile.html

Here is some info on Dan Waid’s contruction of his mobile observatory:
http://www.waid-obse...bservatory.html

This one is just a mobile control room. It is nicely done. Very professional setup:
http://members.aol.c.../SCO/mobile.htm

Info but the pictures don’t display:
http://www.ontarioro...eaa/mobile.html

Mobile Observatory service:
http://www.wytec.org/mobile.htm

Not a lot of info but this puppy is the one I want!! I bet it is a bit pricey though:
http://www.goto.co.j...ocar-e.html#top

Not a new idea, these guys did it back in 1963!:
http://ao.osa.org/Vi...?id=72714&seq=0

Another mobile observatory service (education):
http://www.geocities...smo/tours0.html

This one only has a picture of an ambulance converted into a mobile observatory
http://www.fortworth...0206/page2.html

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:35 PM

The 'Roll-Around Roof' design: Images & construction details.

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Posted 30 October 2005 - 08:02 PM

From right here on Cloudy Nights;
http://www.cloudynig...hp?item_id=1119
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 12:43 PM

Here is a link to our Webshots albums containing my observatory/greenhouse album. We put the space under the roll-off rails to good use;
http://community.web.../user/chargriff

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 02:45 PM

I have recently completed an Observatory at home in the UK which may be of interest. I documented the whole build on my Astro Web-site:-

http://home.btconnec...ome_project.htm

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 04:52 PM

Excellent job Steve and a fine looking observatory! I noticed the Pulsar Dome and base wall unit come as one piece units. Reminds me of how the StarDome units will look. Great job once again Steve and welcome to CN!

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 06:31 PM

Hi Rick,

The 'one piece' units appealed to me from the start as there is no chance of a leak in bad weather and we do understand bad weather here in the UK! Once the base was completed, assembly of the dome was very straightforward.

Thanks for the welcome.

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 05:49 AM

Below you will find a site with plenty of links on amateur observatories:

http://obs.nineplane...bs/obslist.html

Regards,

Angelos
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 11:20 PM

Took us 36 months of nights and weekends.

www.lonestarobservtory.org

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 11:32 PM

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 03:35 PM

http://www.lonestarobservatory.org/

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:39 PM

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 11:08 PM

I found this site offered by Joe Garlitz Very helpful!
http://www.oregonvos...litz/observ.htm
Scroll down for the link to the construction details page.
Very informative if you plan to build a geodesic dome!

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 02:05 PM

Observatories of the S&T staff
http://skyandtelesco...ticle_506_1.asp

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 03:46 PM

great idea for a thread, mark- lots of useful links and information! :waytogo:

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:13 PM

Hi everyone - I'm new to the hobby and to the forum as well! I'm doing some initial research on building my observatory at home and have a quick question. Since the *BEST* place for me to put the scope at my house is on the upstairs deck (mindful of all the inherent problems with this) I'd like to put in a pier from the ground below to support the scope properly. Problem with that is the house is basically on a cliff with only solid boulders below the deck. Has anyone ever heard of someone just putting the pad on top of a boulder and can this be done safely?

Ok, I'm ready for all the "this guy is an idiot" cracks - bring 'em on!!

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:58 AM

Hi,
You may find the free plans and photos of observatories from these links useful:
http://groups.yahoo...._Observatories/
http://groups.yahoo..../Roll_Off_Roof/
http://groups.yahoo....ome_Automation/
http://groups.yahoo....lescopic_Piers/

And there is my own website but some of the pages still need to be uploaded. I am working on this new website constantly: http://homepage.ntlw....com/sg.waters/

There is plenty there to keep you going for quite a while!

Regards
Stewart






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