Observatory on a High Deck
Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:00 AM
I've reviewed the areas around my home and the best - from an open sky perspective as well as an access perspective - is my back deck. It could easily hold something like an Skyshed Pod. Its a ceder deck and runs the length of my house. Its attached to the house on one side and on the other side has wooden pillars set in concrete posts that go down to the bedrock. Its pretty solid and currently has 4 feet of snow on it However, it is 10-15 feet above the ground.
Before I bring the subject up with my wife - which I'm not looking forward to - I need to know if its feasable. Would a tripod be steady enough? If not, is a 15ft pier realistic? Any ideas appreciated.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:11 AM
Ap is another story...
Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:16 AM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:39 AM
Posted 06 March 2013 - 06:41 PM
Chimney block pier
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:20 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:11 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:12 AM
One thing to consider is that for AP you do not need a big horizon view as you will be shooting as high in the sky as possible, usually 30 deg above horizon is minimum, (visual as low as you want) so if you can place it in the back yard? a roll off will provide better protection and may cost about the same as the deck build considering the the height of the pier. With good automation, (run all the signals into the house) you can stay dry and warm and still image.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:50 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:35 PM
One thing to consider is that we don't all live in Florida but in Canada and UK where a lot of interesting DSO stuff is quite low in the sky. According to your 30 deg high rule the Orion Nebula would barely make it
One thing to consider is that for AP you do not need a big horizon view as you will be shooting as high in the sky as possible, usually 30 deg above horizon is minimum,
Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:05 PM
Corpusse, I have a condo in Ajax - east of Toronto. However, I spend the majority of my time at our cottage - which is really a home - on Deer Lake near South River. The side away from the lake is heavily treed while the lake side has a walkway leading to the beach, where I currently image. Anything permanent on or near the beach would be a problem. Even, puting it on the deck would block the view from one of the windows. I was thinking of extending the deck beyond the house. Hopefully, this would cause the least problems and still give me the best open sky. As Nytecam says we are pretty far north and the extra hight would be helpful.
Just hope my wife doesn't figure out cost per image
Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:36 PM