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The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour.

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#1 Wmacky

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:17 PM

And it only took 1 year and 2 months. :crazy: I guess BYO won't be hiring me anytime soon. :p

For those that remember, this started as a transport, and refurb of an old observatory that I built 25 years ago when I was just 20. The property had since been used as rental, and the OB was treated poorly by all those tenants.

The project rapidly escalated as I kept reading other builders Ideas on this forum! :cool:

Here's the rehab thread started over a year ago:


http://www.cloudynig...5027475/page...

And here's the sad OB I started with just before is was transported 20 miles on a flatbed to my current home.

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And here's the final pics

First some exterior shots.



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Here's a shot of the warm room desk after installation. My wife picked out a sheet of birch plywood that had a wild looking figure to it. She thought it looked like a nebula! :grin: I wasn't so sure, but I went with it, and I'm very pleased how it turned out.



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Here's the only idea I didn't steal from you forum members. At least I haven't seen it before. I thought it would be handy to have a pull out monitor that could be positioned next to the scope for star chart viewing, and focus help when imaging.






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Main room shots:









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Here's a closer look at a deal a stumbled on. A co worker's wife works for a Stainless Steel fabricator. The had 20 medical carts left over from a custom order of 100. These extras were going for less than material cost, or $50. They looked like a science cart to me so.......

I installed a nice hardwood top (desk leftover), and it's now my eyepeice / camera case cart!




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After seeing, and reading about the fantastic idea of using (Hidden rope) light that a few members were using, I had to add it. (Great Idea Carol!)

Please excuse the quality of these pics!

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OK, who wants to see the warm room?







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Well this is Florida you know!







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#2 korborh

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:06 PM

Wow, a very nice observatory and control room.
Excellent job! Congratulations.

#3 csa/montana

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:35 PM

This transformation was well worth the year & 2 months! It's absolutely beautiful! The entire perks that you added are awesome! You will certainly spend a lot of quality time in this beautiful setup!

Thanks so much for sharing this rebuild with us!

Congratulations!! :bow:

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:46 AM

wow, just wow! The hidden rope light is an excellent idea, I had installed the same thing in a 2.7m dome I had worked on and it was the best thing about it! put it on a dimmer so you can control the brightness and off you go! Im in the process of building my 2m split-top so I might just steal some ideas from your beautiful observatory! Great job, really! Hope it gives you endless nights under the stars!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:35 AM

Very nicely done! Someday ...

#6 bigstormgirl

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:44 AM

That is so cool! Just showed my husband the pictures and told him "we need this!". Luckily, he agreed. ;)

#7 Jeff Smith

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:53 AM

Very nice! Comfy!

#8 Midnight Dan

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:03 AM

Beautiful! Well done! :bow:

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:23 AM

That is one sharp looking observatory. The other thing it has is room for gear. Very well done!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 11:25 AM

Beautiful job! I love the glass from the warm room to the observatory.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:37 PM

Excellent job! I just absolutely love the amenities as they make using it a real joy.

#12 MHamburg

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:00 PM

Beautiful job!! What capacity electrical service did you run to the obs?
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#13 Madratter

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. I would call you a lucky man, but luck has little to do with it.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 02:51 PM

You did a great job and it seems like it was worth the effort. Kudos to your wife for a good eye. And a great idea with the pullout monitor for star fields. That's one I'll have to copy. Thanks for sharing.

#15 JoeT6571

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:09 PM

Great job on your rebuild. I really like the window and pull out monitor.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:14 PM

Monitor out by the scope? Did it already...

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Nice observatory, I still have trim to finish in mine.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:56 PM

That is an outstanding reconstruction job. How big is you warm room L X H X W ?

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:28 PM

Very nice job! I have to agree with Raginar...window between warm room and observing room is an excellent idea! I am guessing it makes it feel a bit bigger, too! Very clean operation, well done!!

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:14 PM

That is an outstanding reconstruction job. How big is you warm room L X H X W ?


Warm room is 8'x10' The ceiling is peaked in the center. A tight 6' at the side walls, and a comfortable 7'2" at the center peak.

The size turned out about perfect. Wouldn't change it if given the chance. I think it's right size for it's purpose, and it just feels right. Plenty of room for a couple guests, but not too much.

It was a lucky guess. Many of my other guesses were wrong!

#20 droid

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:28 PM

Outstanding.....love it

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:18 PM

Especially like:
1) big observation window. I stuck with a smaller one for the extra wall space inside and out.
2) extension arm for the scope room monitor. I'm thinking of iPad based intel.
3) lighting! I'm a big fan of those "deck lighting" lozenges, and the red floor illumination.
4) finally. The roll off; that was my first choice but I couldn't make it work up north with the snow we get.

In florida, isn't your "warm" room a bit of a misnomer? Maybe I missed the joke first time around :-) great job!

#22 Tim Gilliland

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:07 PM

Very nicely done!

#23 Dr Morbius

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:54 AM

Positively super job!!!! :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

#24 EdTheEdge

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

Very nicely done!

#25 gastargazer01

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

Very nice job! Great to see people recycling.
I am in the process of designing and laying out my deck OBS.
I like the monitor by the scope, my warm room will be about 50 feet from the scope so tat would be nice.

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