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#1 Tom and Beth

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:02 PM

My initial design had a Cave mount (1.5 inch shafts) holding a ~20 pound Newtonian on a pedestal 36 inches tall. Even when I switched the Mount for an older Ap1200, this was SOLID.

Today I have a 48 inch pedestal, the AP1200, and about 95 pounds of scopes (3). I am just beginning to see a bit of torque, as shown by the scope "bounce" when making an adjustment with the hand pad.

The only point I'm making to anyone in the design phase is to consider your original scope MIGHT not be there 3-5-10 years down the road. An Observatory means you WILL spend more time observing, which sometimes leads to bigger scopes.

Plan accordingly.

This was the scope I designed for.

BTW, the pier is bolted to a "plug" of reinforced concrete measuring 18 inches in Diameter and 48 inches, into Caliche.

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#2 Tom and Beth

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:23 PM

Here's what is in there now.

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#3 frolinmod

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:50 AM

In typical human nature fashion you appear to have collected enough "stuff" to fill the available space. :lol:

#4 Raginar

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:57 AM

frolinmod, that made me laugh :).

Looks like you could use some spring cleaning in there! You've got a wonderful setup.

#5 mich_al

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

Make me think about what happend to my original astronomy budget.

#6 Gastrol

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:49 PM

My wife started storing stuff in my obs.

#7 Tom and Beth

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:32 PM

Yep. Needs cleaning.

Right after I finish the mods on the other pier.....

#8 Raginar

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:39 PM

Mine has a lawn mower in it :)

#9 Calypte

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:02 PM

If I had known three years ago that today I'd be living in a (reasonably) dark-sky location and that I'd have an observatory, I would have parceled out my money differently, going for a bigger mount and a real imaging scope. I chose for portability and ease of set-up, which is no longer a concern. Alas, most of my money is gone :(

#10 berlinstar

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:27 PM

Caliche... You poor bugger.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:14 PM

Reminds me of the inside of my Obs, it was all supposed to be minimalist and efficient. Yeah Right !!

#12 droid

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:46 AM

In typical human nature fashion you appear to have collected enough "stuff" to fill the available space. :lol:


:funny:

#13 Tom and Beth

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:06 PM

In typical human nature fashion you appear to have collected enough "stuff" to fill the available space. :lol:


:funny:


I let that slip out one day when my wife and I were looking at Tool Chests. Nature hates a Vacuum and guys hate empty shelves.

#14 kiwisailor

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:53 PM

In typical human nature fashion you appear to have collected enough "stuff" to fill the available space. :lol:


:funny:




I let that slip out one day when my wife and I were looking at Tool Chests. Nature hates a Vacuum and guys hate empty shelves.


Remember the rules, he who dies with the most things, wins- you have bit of a lead on us, but if we try really hard we can catch you up :lol:






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