Observing shed size
Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:42 AM
It will be housing an AP1200 mount with a 130-140mm refractor and AP cameras. Is this really large enough?
Anyones experiences are appreciated.
Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:15 AM
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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:02 PM
I went 10 X 14. Of course I got stronger arms to do the building too. When I was going to do it myself, I was going to settle for smaller.
Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:25 PM
Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:51 PM
An 8'x10' structure would work, but if you have the space, a 10'x10' (or larger) shed would feel more comfortable.
Posted 20 November 2013 - 06:43 PM
The area I want to place it might only support a 9'x12'-14' shed. Yes, you always need that extra foot or so.
Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:14 PM
Go as big as you can.
I agree - I have yet to hear anyone complain that their observatory is too big...
Posted 27 November 2013 - 09:46 PM
For example, in Arizona we can freely build up to a 10'x12' observatory. Anything larger than that involves first going through a lot of local government approval procedures before you can legally build.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 10:31 AM
And I just did a look- over near Cochise stronghold, there are 40 acres for $25k, available at $625/acre. It's suppsed to have a ridge on it- I should look...
Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:48 PM
Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:11 AM
Overgaard Outreach Observatory
If you can size it such that you don't need a permit it will save a lot of hassle as what you are building is unique and my own personal experience is that many of the inspectors in rural area's are not the sharpest tacks in the box. It just saves a lot of hassles.
Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:57 AM
That's a really sharp looking dome, rimcrazy.
Thanks. I all came together pretty good. The dome is a 10' HomeDome from TI. I'd like to say I could recommend them but I cannot. I got it all to work but I'm fairly mechanically inclined and my son has his own metal fabrication business so together we were able to overcome the multiple shortcomings. I'm not into publicly slamming people or companies but if one is interested I can fill in the details in a PM. From a shear mechanical design, the tooth and gear assembly that Exploradome looks like it should work better than the cables/pulley's used by TI. Unfortunately, in the middle ground of dome's there is no clear winner. If I could have afforded it I would have like to get something like an Ash Dome but those were out of my price range. Bottom line, if you want a TI HomeDome you'd best be handy.
Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:29 PM
Some, like myself, just don't have the space for a warm room. Still, nothing beats having your own observatory!
Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:47 PM
Posted 13 December 2013 - 06:42 PM