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#76 Raginar

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:28 PM

What kind of fire detection/protection do you have?

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:08 PM

Thanks Christopher- the Midnite Classic charge controller I have is an MPPT charge controller. And sadly, no, there are no wireless ISPs. Maybe I should start one!

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:13 PM

What kind of fire detection/protection do you have?


Fire? If it catches fire it's gone. Let's not go down that path.

Burglar and vandalism, however, I've got covered...

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 09:05 AM

That's ok.










Would you marry me? :D

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 01:57 PM

Gorgeous observatory, congratulations! May I ask if you have some special plans with your future telescope? Some automated supernova patrolling? Spectroscopy? Minor planet search? People rarely do such decisions without a serious reason. :)

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 03:54 PM

Gorgeous observatory, congratulations! May I ask if you have some special plans with your future telescope? Some automated supernova patrolling? Spectroscopy? Minor planet search? People rarely do such decisions without a serious reason. :)


Thank you :)

Searching for SN definitely, and maybe comets, and deep AP.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:47 AM

I brung it up because of the batteries. I'm assuming its a professional install. But if those aren't SLA just be aware of the requirements for venting. And, cins udder a secondary containment if god forbid they froze... A metal pan would work. I also wouldn't put anything flammable nearby since you're running remote. Secondary containment is important to any hazardous material installation.

Sorry, used to be a fire inspector :)

And finally, and some 10-lb ABC fire extinguishers. You never know. They're great at stopping that little fire. I dunno if you're doing a remote security company but wiring in a smoke detector or three to a NEST server would be a good investment. Might reduce your insurance costs as well.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 12:22 PM

It's not a pro install, it's a me install.

I do not have a pan under the batteries but I will, thank you. I do have a vent sucking air out behind the batteries (you can see it in the pic) to maintain negative pressure in the to-be-built battery box.

I do have a couple fire extinguishers in there... My grandpa used to be the fire chief and drilled THAT in.

Thanks!

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 09:39 PM

Thanks Christopher- the Midnite Classic charge controller I have is an MPPT charge controller. And sadly, no, there are no wireless ISPs. Maybe I should start one!


There are both licensed and license-free wireless point-to-point digital radios available with bandwidths up to 15Mbps and can shoot up to 30 miles with clear line-of-site.

If you can get a clear radio shot to someplace with a good Internet connection, that might work for you.

I hope this helps.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:01 PM

Tori, you might try this for battery storage

http://www.solarmaxc...binetGSPR-1.pdf

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 11:44 PM

Karen, those really are nice cabinets for batteries!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:20 AM

Yeah they're nice! What can I say, I have excellent taste in all things technical.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:21 AM

That's a classic observatory! I expect it will be a joy to have.

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:48 AM

Wow... beautiful!! Congrats.

***EDIT*** Reread and answered my qeustion about the dome!

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:56 PM

Don't paint it. The spackle/mud on the sheetrock look like Messier objects!
That is one cool observatory. Strong work!! Clear skies to you.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:03 AM

Thanks everyone :)

@Chris: Unfortunately it would mean a couple hops. What I'd really like to do is manage to get fairpoint to fix my ADSL connection so it is more reliable and/or get Hughesnet to work on the dish a little. I don't mind the connection being a little slow, I just want it to be reliable enough that I know I can always get on and control my observatory.


@Karen: Those cabinets are mighty nice. Something I'll definitely consider!

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:36 AM

[quote name="Tori"]Thanks everyone :)

@Chris: Unfortunately it would mean a couple hops. What I'd really like to do is manage to get fairpoint to fix my ADSL connection so it is more reliable and/or get Hughesnet to work on the dish a little. I don't mind the connection being a little slow, I just want it to be reliable enough that I know I can always get on and control my observatory.

If you have reasonable cellular signal there than another possibility is cellular data. Not cheap and not always reliable but it might be better than what you are getting now!

CradlePoint routers have USB ports on them for cellular data modems. Usually they are there as a backup when the primary uplink goes down but they can also be used as the primary or only Internet connection.

Although it looks and sounds like you are really on top of things so this is probably information that you already knew!

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:07 AM

I wonder if there's an update about this obs, and especially whether the planned PlaneWave 24" scope is on site now?






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