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#26 Jeff B

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:48 AM

The weather has been brutal but the kids keep going and are making great progress. They hop off the school bus and don't waste any time as the class is only about 1.5 hours long and a couple of times a week.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

One more view.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:53 AM

And there is still time for the kids to have some fun.

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

Jeff,The build is looking great. :waytogo:One question for you though. What is with the vent holes at the bottom of the walls? Just curious. :scratchhead:

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:30 PM

We are almost there!! The telescope, mounting and solid granite pedestal (all 6000 pounds of it) were installed in the observatory today. The building was built by the 18 & 19 year old kids in the senior class of the Ohio Warren County Carrear Center. They were thrilled to see it installed as was everybody else.

Here is a photo-play of the installation graciously put onto the Warren County Astronomical Society website by member Fred Bay along with many other photos:

http://www.wcas-oh.o...y_link_id=17775

Next comes the tweaking of the instrument for polar alignment and training & program development. There still is some finish work the kids will do to the building and a lot of concrete works for the surrounding patios plus the parking lot. Last thing done will be the landscaping.

It was a very emotional day.

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:28 PM

Sweet sweet set up there Jeff. A real tribute to Rachel for sure. It's nice to see brick and mortar facing as it will be virtually maintenance free. I see that the granite pier just rests on the concrete floor with no attachments correct? What does it weigh? What an awesome mass. :bigshock: Mike

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 07:51 AM

Wonderful! Can't wait for first light.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:22 AM

That's going to be a lovely observatory!

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 12:43 PM

Very very nice! I had a good time looking through the pictures. Keep us informed of how she performs when all is up and running.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:39 AM

Almost done. We are starting the planning for the public as well as some smaller event (close family, significant donors..)opennings.

Sorry for the crummy cell photo. It looks stunning in person. The top of the granite pier is 8' so it gives you an idea of the scale.

And the scope works fantastic. Polar aligned but we're using the SkyX and T-Point for the show and tell. The screen will be routed to a big TV so people can point and click to an object. The pier is plumbed with etra USB and video cables for video & CCD, especially with the Orion 110 ED on the side.

Visually the big 11" is fantastic. The observatory is in a deep yellow zone. The Milky Way overhead displays many dark lanes and textures. Combine that with the ability of a big doublet and Chromacor and the view of M13 for example is extraordinay.

My only regret and mistake I'd take back in a second was having the roof roll off to the south instead of the north. The peak restricts southern views. But that's just an excuse to get a big Dob. :grin:

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 07:53 AM

That pier is stunning!

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:48 AM

Would you mind sharing the business end of how you approached the school to get them involved in the project?

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:23 AM

Some more photos. The south face has a polished granite all sky map flanked by individual donor granite tiles that contain a celestial object of their choice, it's coordinates and their name and/or tribute. The map has coordinates so someone can find it on the map. This has proven incredibly popular for memorializing loved ones. It's really rather moving to see. We are in the process of adding similar moon and solar system maps on the west wall, selling craters and planets respectively.

The school is a vocational arts center and they're always looking for projects for their students. They have done many in the area in association with several institutions including our county's Area Progress Council, of which they are members and who are running the observatory project. Like other construction projects, this one was actually a class taught by the school and offered to seniors. The kids LOVED working on it.

The materials were supplied to them and they supplied the labor for free.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:24 AM

The sky map.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:25 AM

Sample sky map tile.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 10:56 AM

Wow. That is... amazing.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:27 PM

Beautiful! :waytogo:

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:04 PM

Thanks all.

Here's a better view of the map. It's even more stunning live.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:05 PM

Just one more.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:08 PM

What a lovely building and a great tribute.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:07 PM

That is one super duper Observatory!  May I ask what mount you used for the 11 inch D&G?



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

That is some amazing work and design.  Glad to see the results and tribute.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 06:02 AM

What a beautiful observatory .........     :waytogo:








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