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#1 JAT Observatory

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:10 PM

..because I washed it today. It really needed it. I had forgotten there was a white dome underneath the light gray layer of dirt. It was really dirty. I used dishwashing liquid and one of those automotive brushes that you fill with water and push on the handle to dispense it. It worked well and allowed me to do the whole dome without a ladder. The dome is all clean, bright and shiny now. I guess I'll wash it again in 10 years.

I also cleaned and vacuumed the inside and tightened the bolts for the dome wheels. It's a real pain when one of those buggers comes loose.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:41 PM

Spring cleaning! Hope it doesn't have the same effect as washing the car, rain.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:43 PM

Turn on the porch light, it's dark out there!

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:02 PM

Better post a pic before it gets dirty again!

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:18 AM

LOL...

I NEED (but do not WANT) to clean mine...so I can relate the your comment about GRAY .....

I did wash it about 5 years ago so maybe if I ever get in the mood Ill do it again sometime...lol

Right now the grass needs mowing the pool is open and needs to be cleaned up after the winter and one of the cars need to be cleaned up because the Saturday Night Cruse in season stared last week..

No time to wash the Dome...

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:32 AM

Dome looks good Marcus! Are you going to wax or polish it?

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

I should wax it but that's to much work. I have to finish washing the house first. This is actualy how this started. We removed 2 bushes from the front of the house.

After the bushes were gone I noticed how dirty the house was there. So I started washing it. Then the clean spot stuck out so I had to wash more.

I got bored washing the house so I washed the OBS. My wife commented how nice the OBS looks now as she was loking at the rest of the house I have to wash :(

I need a before picture so you can apperciate the difference.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:31 AM

Marcus,

Looks fantastic.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:47 PM

Looks nice Marcus. They sure do get grungy after a few years. I used to clean my 7' 6" Sirius with Windex every so often. Seemed to bring the original shine back pretty good.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:17 PM

Thanks for the tip Scott, I might just try Windex. Being the lazy S.O.B. that I am, I'm not willing to wax or polish. But if it requires just wiping on, thats for me.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:30 AM

The observatory looks beautiful, Marcus!! I'll bet it NEVER looked bad!!!.....Love the NASA decal....Soooo cool!!! Clear Skies, man!!! :waytogo:

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 03:38 PM

I have to seal my roof panels that open, looking kind of ragged up there and I don't need leaks.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:42 PM

The other thing the washing did is show me where the leaks are. Most of them wouldn't leak during a natural rain but it showed me where the weak areas are.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 05:30 PM

I'm glad when I ordered my sky POD I ordered light grey. Don't notice the dirt. Your dome looks great spring cleaning was really worth it

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:30 AM

Even though it was one of the hardest maintenance jobs ever, waxing my dome (14') helped the snow and ice slide off in the winter. I just don't know if I can do it again.
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:47 PM

I have noticed the older the dome got the more the snow stuck. Now I run the heater and a little rotation and the falls off.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:43 PM

I have noticed the older the dome got the more the snow stuck. Now I run the heater and a little rotation and the falls off.

Anything to get out of waxing the dome. Put a Corvette logo on it, then you'll wax it!

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:04 PM

Na that wouldn't go over to good in my household. I got rid of the Corvette and Justin still likes to remind me from time to time of his displeasure with that.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:10 PM

I'm sure he planned on it being his at some point. My nephew is waiting for me to decide to gift him the Healey.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:52 PM

Now the problem is he has his eye on the motorcycle.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:56 PM

Same here with the nephew, wants the 2003 shadow spirit!

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 05:12 PM

I should wax it but that's to much work. I have to finish washing the house first. This is actualy how this started. We removed 2 bushes from the front of the house.
After the bushes were gone I noticed how dirty the house was there. So I started washing it. Then the clean spot stuck out so I had to wash more. I got bored washing the house so I washed the OBS. My wife commented how nice the OBS looks now as she was loking at the rest of the house I have to wash :( I need a before picture so you can apperciate the difference.

Nice one - haven't cleaned my ali dome [avatar] since I built it ~18yrs ago and seems to be self cleaning via rain and I'm too busy using it to images DSOs :grin:

BTW where do you post your obsy obs eg visual or AP :question:

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:19 PM

Nytecam,
I guess I would have to classify it as AP since it almost all remotely used. The rub here I don't normally save the images I only view them on the computer display. The visual observing is done for the solar stuff as there and no cams currently connected to the solar scopes.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:16 PM

A greedy pig with a nice smile! Post some pix Marcus!

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:35 PM

We get little rain in LA; so I wash mine every few months. First I spray diluted orange cleaner on it and then use hot water and a mop with an extension and lightly go over it so as not to scratch it. Then I rinse and when it's about dry, I spray it with tub and tile cleaner to get the mineral deposits from the sprinkler water off it. Can't say mine ever got gray. The Sirius observatories have a great finish on them.






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