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#1 theflop

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:54 AM

Here is an update to the Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory:

http://www.flickr.co...57631025311416/

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 04:18 PM

nice looking building! my uncle lives in Goodrich.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:19 PM

Looks like a professional build :) Gratz!~

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:14 PM

Well done!

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:08 PM

Nice looking observatory!

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:10 PM

Really nice! I especially like the tongue & groove paneling!

#7 theflop

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the nice comments... here is the first photo ever from the observatory:

http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

Now that it is warming up I can finish the final interior trim and add carpet and other nice touches. I got sick of the cold over the winter... even with a heater.

PS I also added winches so the roof can be automated with one switch. Pics to come.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

Nice image! M42 is a favorite of mine. Working on the interior of my ROR is something I really enjoy, your is beautiful already so it'll just keep getting better!

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:16 PM

I really want to see how you automated the roof removal.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:01 AM

I purchased two winches from Harbor Freight on sale. One pulls the roof off and the other pulls the roof back on. When one winch is in use the other must be in neutral! Since the winches have reverse I will look into making one single switch that allow both winches to run, one in forward and one in reverse using low current relays. I will document this and post it! I winches were only $60 each! They work great.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:42 AM

Awesome :) can you take some pictures of how you mounted them?

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

I am working on the winches this weekend and will draw a schematic and post everything!

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 07:27 PM

Thanks :)






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