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#1 MRNUTTY

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:10 PM

This as finished as its going to be for a while. Just need to do a little interior decorating. But, as of last week, it's open for business! everything is in place to be fully functional.

But first, a jump table to all threads relating directly to this build:
Planning, and main build thread
Research thread on concerning lighting, power, environment
Observations on insultion
Project starter thread

As promised; the roof does roll off. It's fun to see people first experience with this type of building. Our flooring guy "pete" didn't get the idea until I showed him how it works: "This is why the flooring needs to be able to withstand wetness", "Ohhh... " :-) He's off asking vendors how their flooring material holds up to water. I suppose a heavy dew should be expected as well if it's open to the sky on a humid night. Could be slippery if the finish is too smooth. Anyone experience this?

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Panorama shot of the scope room from the warm room door. Carol, I used you nifty deck lighting fixtures all over the place; Red, White and Yellow lamps! Very nice!

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Panorama of the warm room looking in the the external door. I put a bug light in here to discourage bugs. Thinking maybe I should change the ones in the main room from white to yellow too. Or try it open for a while either way. Experiences?

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The last piece I was waiting for was the CGEM-DX adapter from Dan's Pier Plates; It mates between the CGEM-DX Mount the BYO's Omega II Pier. I am also getting an adapter for the iOptron iEQ45 for use principally when the CGEM is out for Hypertuning, otherwise, I like it much better but it holds less weight.

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Finally, a shot up and out! The sky the limit! how cliche!

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Thanks for all who lent their brains to my problem!

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:38 PM

Wow, that's gorgeous. You're going to have a fantastic time with it.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 08:53 PM

An observatory or bed & breakfast...you decide. :grin: Just an excellent observatory. You should be proud.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 09:23 PM

Yeah, I'm jealous!! Clear Skies, brother!!! :waytogo: ;)

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 10:28 PM

Really looks great!

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 11:10 PM

That is absolutely beautiful! What a great observatory!

I love the inside paneling; it really makes the interior very rich & inviting! You will love those lights, I certainly get a lot of use out of mine!

A huge congratulations on such a fantastic observatory! :bow:

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:56 AM

If that counts as a monstrosity, the world really needs more monstrosities!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:36 AM

Wow, that's beautiful. Looks as good as it works, you'll have a ball in it.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:52 AM

LOL! thanks for the accolades, but I couldn't have done this without you folks! Image what horrors I would have picked if I didn't see Carol's build :-)

The Monstrosity is my wifes idea :-) she named it during a spat, it just kind of stuck after that. Got to keep some perspective... hhmm... that Warm Room could almost double as a sauna... interesting! Whenever it comes time to selling the house that could be a major selling feature!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:11 AM

Super build! Enjoy it. Please come back with more when you have finished the interior.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

Thank you Herman :-)

Back to work!

So, I need to work out a flooring material next, then fashion some climate controlled storage for my EP's and then something suitable for the other scopes. Also needs to be comfortable to stand on; that scope is pretty high... and i have an extension to make it another 8 inches taller if required!

For the EP's I imagine something that is both controlled humidity and temperature controlled such that they won't fog over or dew up during use. I was thinking of a free standing cabinet with a dehumidified built into the base; the water exhaust can be routed through the floor into a fench drain. heating it i'm not so sure what to use other than the climate control in the warm/cold room itself. Any ideas? what are you folks using?

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:54 PM

Super nice! Good job.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:35 PM

Thanks Wmacky! I keep reading you mWacky ;-)

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:27 PM

looking forward to seeing these projects materialize! I know they will be great additons to that beautiful "Monstrosity"! :bow:

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 06:06 AM

Adding another link for Wood Flooring discussion

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:52 AM

This as finished as its going to be for a while. Just need to do a little interior decorating. But, as of last week, it's open for business! everything is in place to be fully functional.

But first, a jump table to all threads relating directly to this build:
Planning, and main build thread
Research thread on concerning lighting, power, environment
Observations on insultion
Project starter thread

As promised; the roof does roll off. It's fun to see people first experience with this type of building. Our flooring guy "pete" didn't get the idea until I showed him how it works: "This is why the flooring needs to be able to withstand wetness", "Ohhh... " :-) He's off asking vendors how their flooring material holds up to water. I suppose a heavy dew should be expected as well if it's open to the sky on a humid night. Could be slippery if the finish is too smooth. Anyone experience this?

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Panorama shot of the scope room from the warm room door. Carol, I used you nifty deck lighting fixtures all over the place; Red, White and Yellow lamps! Very nice!

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Panorama of the warm room looking in the the external door. I put a bug light in here to discourage bugs. Thinking maybe I should change the ones in the main room from white to yellow too. Or try it open for a while either way. Experiences?

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The last piece I was waiting for was the CGEM-DX adapter from Dan's Pier Plates; It mates between the CGEM-DX Mount the BYO's Omega II Pier. I am also getting an adapter for the iOptron iEQ45 for use principally when the CGEM is out for Hypertuning, otherwise, I like it much better but it holds less weight.

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Finally, a shot up and out! The sky the limit! how cliche!

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Thanks for all who lent their brains to my problem!

What are you using to roll the roof back? I am curious because of the size of mine with the hand built trusses manually opening is a pain.I took care of a good portion of the weight by using steel roofing yet still weighs a lot.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:32 PM

Hi Tim, I used parts and plans from Scott's Backyard Observatories. On the Accessories and Plans page there is a option for Rack and Gear Motor. They can make it any length you need. Mine is 12 ft. It comes with all the parts, bolts, washers, control paddle, etc... you supply the wood and the work :-) The installation was flawless!

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 10:35 AM

I am storing most of my equipment including eps and cameras in a nice multi-draw Sears tool cabinet with rubber liners in the drawers. There has been no condensation or insect invasion in the two years since I bought it on eBay. BTW, the obs has no active climate control whatsoever, but the dome seems to prevent any dew from ever forming. I was even able to sell by (anti)dew extension a couple of years ago.
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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:22 AM

Humidity is a problem for me. I have an big old inground pool right next to the observatory, so there's plenty of water ready to dew, humidify me when the conditions are right :-) I like the Sears tool box idea. Do you carry the tooolbox around or leave it in place and grab some EP's for the night in something else?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 06:34 PM

Today I received the iEQ45 adapter from Dan's Pier Top Plates!

Now I can use either my CGEM or iEQ45 atop the Omega II Pier.
It's a little less in rated capacity; 45lb instead of 50lb*.

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*- speaking of rated capacity; this raises a question. A CGEM mount atop
it's base tripod has a rated capacity of 40lb. The same (I'm assuming it's
the same) CGEM mount atop the a stronger DX tripod has a rated capacity
of 50lb. Now,iIf I take it one step further by increasing the strength of the
support device to a Pier, mounted on a massive reinforced concrete
ground anchor; what is the capacity rated at now? still 50lb? 55lb maybe?
What was actually being rated before? I can guess what some of the
limits are for the 40-50lb increase, but what is the 'bottleneck'
going beyond the DX trip?


added another build question spur: Ambient statistics temperature/humidity/barometer

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Posted 26 May 2013 - 02:59 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful job so far, but I am hoping for pictures once the inside is done.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:41 AM

Finally the floor!It's a 3/4" hardwood floor. I couldn't be sure any of the laminate or engineered floors wouldn't come apart in the exterior conditions. You can always trust a hunk of wood though :) If it does buckle a Screw or two will tame it.

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thanks to JP for the courage to trail blaze a floor like this!

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:10 AM

I think you should rename it the "Cigar Box" observatory.

Beautiful!

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:27 AM

LOL! I'll ask the wife :-)

I'll fill the space around the pier with rubber to seal the floor to cement spacing. I should paint that cement too...

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:06 PM

That floor is absolutely beautiful! :bow:






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