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#1 Jeff B

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:03 AM

Construction for our new observatory in Warren County Ohio has begun. Named after my late wife, it will house an 11" D&G achromat on a Parallax mount. It is scheduled to be operational late this year and fully dedicated the first quarter of next year.

Here is a link to the project:

www.warrensky.org

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:04 AM

A car for scale.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:11 AM

Rough cut of the driveway thru the trees.

When we're out at the site, several have commented on how peaceful it is and how temple-like the steel pillars seem.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:20 AM

What a beautiful tribute to your late wife! It is in a very serene area, that I'm sure she would have loved.

We look forward to following the build, thanks for sharing it with us!

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 01:04 PM

Beautiful location :)

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 04:53 PM

I'll be nosin' around Jeff. :grin: Mike

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

Looking forward to seeing the progress!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 02:05 AM

Looking forward to watching the progress, it's not far from me!

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:42 AM

Wonderful tribute.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 10:50 AM

Hi Jeff - I'm sorry for your loss and that's a wonderful tribute to her memory. Good luck with the build and clear skies to you.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 08:55 PM

It's a Beautiful Thing!!! :waytogo:

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:42 AM

Looks like you have a good start, good luck on your build
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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:22 PM

Progress is being made. Most of the construction is being done in-kind by the Warren County Carrear Center. It's actually a course for the school's students as it involves most of the trade skill sets they teach. They do high quality, better than commercial grade work.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:24 PM

Another view

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:08 PM

Steel support columns! Now that's a permanent structure. Great job so far and a fantastic memorial to your wife.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:36 PM

Very Nice Memorial to your Wife , Sorry for your loss,

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

Great idea to have the local folks learn through doing. And of course, your location is absolutely wonderful. A great tribute to your wife!

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:33 AM

Sorry for you loss. As to the build quality, expect great things. Those high school kids do a better job than many "professionals".

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:58 PM

Sorry for you loss. As to the build quality, expect great things. Those high school kids do a better job than many "professionals".


Yes they do.

It's really starting to take shape.

Here's some updated photos. Neither rain, sleet, or snow stops these kids..nothing...except Christmas break. They're really getting into it now that the roof is going up. One kid in particular has taken it as his personal mission to come up with the roof retraction mechanism.

When it's all finished, we're going to throw a private star party for the class and their families.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:00 PM

Another shot

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:01 PM

And another

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:03 PM

And the last. You can get a good idea of the scale of the project as some of the kids are over 6' tall.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:36 PM

Man that reminds me of those cold snowy winters working oudoors on rough framing. Good to see "loaded" tool belts....ready to kick butt and do it right!! ;) Mike

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

Brrr that picture makes me ache all over. I can't handle cold weather construction anymore.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:10 AM

Wonderful project - thanks for keeping us posted. Also, I couldn't help notice that in one photo the crew appears to be measuring before cutting...what will these kids think of next?! :grin:






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