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#1 Charlie B

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:23 AM

I've been wanting this for a long time and, getting ready to retire to an area without severe light pollution, my wife relented. Here is the current progress. Weather has slowed down the construction.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:25 AM

The view from the other side.

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#3 David Pavlich

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:43 AM

Ummmmm....observatory or B&B? :lol: Very nice! I'm looking forward to the finished product and the indoor pictures.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:48 AM

Very nice! What are your plans for a pier?

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:51 AM

The pier is a Pier-tech and The base will be with chimney blocks.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:53 AM

Charlie,First of all I want to say,Great Job. :waytogo:
:question:Are you planing a pier for this or just setting up on the floor?

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:55 AM

Whoops :foreheadslap:,Dan got in before I did.Excellent choice though for the pier.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:26 AM

Charlie quite a novel idea executed there! I like it. :bow: Mike

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:07 AM

I got the idea from Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series "Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory" by John Hicks. Figure 1.33 shows a tall brick pier and, since the Pier-tech baseplate is 12 x 12 inches, brick or block seemed appropriate.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:22 AM

Charlie,

Great design and construction job. Are the supports 4X4?

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:23 PM

The supports are 6x6.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:34 PM

If you need a hand, let me know. I'm not too far from you.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:44 PM

Awesome observatory! I thought I had the highest roof supports I have seen at 12'. You have me beat by a lot. How long are those 6x6' roof supports?

My wife and I stood them up ourselves. She is still cursing me over it.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:27 PM

Thanks, but the observatory is at Lake Anna, not Sterling.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:33 PM

The deck is 12' high and the supports are 18'.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:02 PM

So about 300 LBS...

I don't know why, maybe because of how intimidating they were, but raising them was the proudest moment of my build. My wife helped, and we did the work of four larger guys.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:16 PM

Impressive!!

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:52 PM

Charlie, that is going to be a fantastic observatory! I love the walkway right into it; you certainly will have a bird's eye view of the night skies! :bow:

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 03:38 PM

I don't know why, maybe because of how intimidating they were, but raising them was the proudest moment of my build. My wife helped, and we did the work of four larger guys.



I'm not the person who raised them. I had two younger guys do it as, I mentioned before, this is my retirement house and I'm getting a little too old to be doing this type of work (67). It really takes much too long to heal when you tear muscles, which over the last 10 years I've done numerous times.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 03:41 PM

I love the walkway right into it



I do to, but it was my wife's idea. I was willing to go with a ladder, but she said she did not want me climbing up and down at night. After 42 years of marriage, she still looks after me.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 04:18 PM

That long walkway with the rails, and the observatory on stilts, gives it sort of a Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse kind of appeal. Very cool!

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 04:33 PM

That long walkway with the rails, and the observatory on stilts, gives it sort of a Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse kind of appeal.



Funny that you should mention that. My wife calls it Charlie's treehouse.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 04:37 PM

Very impressive! Great job there

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 05:01 PM

That long walkway with the rails, and the observatory on stilts, gives it sort of a Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse kind of appeal.



Funny that you should mention that. My wife calls it Charlie's treehouse.

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Sound like the start of a good observatory name.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 05:17 PM

Sound like the start of a good observatory name.



You are right. In the future, that's the name.

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