The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:35 PM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:28 PM
Very nice. Love the double roof design. Just wondering though why you chose the higher walled space for the scope instead of switching it with the warm room? Guess you wouldn't have been able to have the slick roof slide over the other if you did it that way I suppose. Seems it would have given you a little more horizon though. Guess you could always get one of those telescoping piers if needed so your scope can peek over the walls. Still, I love it. Good job!
Well, the original structure was built when I was a newly married 20 something that didn't know anything about observatories. No Internet back then! When evaluating the structure for use at my new home, I was concerned about the towering wall height.
As it turned out, the tall walls seemed not to be an issue due to very high tree lines surrounding the property, as well as unfortunate local light polution.
Also, when adding the warm room I needed every millimeter of the height to clear the warm room roof. There is just 1/4" clearance between the roofs! I feel the Main wall height was the absolute minimum required for the design. Any less and the warm room ceiling height would have been too low, any more height, and my views would be compromised.
It was a stoke of luck that I somehow got the height right for a warm room addition to be added 25 year into the future.
Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:08 PM
Really, though, it looks great. The good use of space with the warm room under the tracks is A-1. Also, I like the handy placement of Burnham's books. You can't have this right without them.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:17 PM
How do you control the mount from the warm room?
Didn't see the thread active again!
Currently I'm using Stellarium for scope control, and diving into astro totilla. I have also found that a need a remote focuser. I'm thinking about a Rigel system as it works with a lot of different units.
Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:16 AM
I would like to build the similar one here in Washington State.
It was 18 degree this morning.
Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:32 PM
I loved this thread. I really like the idea of the flat screen monitor mounted off the wall like you did. That gives me ideas!!!