The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:17 PM
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!
Here's the rehab thread started over a year ago:
And here's the sad OB I started with just before is was transported 20 miles on a flatbed to my current home.
And here's the final pics
First some exterior shots.
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! I wasn't so sure, but I went with it, and I'm very pleased how it turned out.
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.
Main room shots:
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!
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!
OK, who wants to see the warm room?
Well this is Florida you know!
Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:06 PM
Excellent job! Congratulations.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:35 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this rebuild with us!
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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:14 PM
Nice observatory, I still have trim to finish in mine.
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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!
Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:18 PM
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!