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#26 Midnight Dan

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 06:24 PM

Sound like the start of a good observatory name.



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

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+1 :waytogo:

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:17 PM

It's a work of art so far, I take my hat off to you....
Is the height of the supports to clear local obstructions, or flood protection??

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 02:46 AM

Having taken a tumble a few times on my wet decking be careful walking on that wet wood unless it doesn't get slippery

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:01 AM

Is the height of the supports to clear local obstructions, or flood protection??



The height is for 2 reasons: 1 keep the walkway close to the level of the house deck and 2 enable seeing over the house to the west. The view is to the horizon NE, E, SE; to about 35 degrees N and NW; to 30 degrees W; and about 40 degrees S and SW.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:04 AM

It is relatively level and should not be too bad, but with ice, snow or just wet, it can get slippery.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:19 AM

At least the roof was on before yesterday's snow and ice storm.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 12:26 AM

Very nice. As a builder I would suggest more braces and to go as deep and big as possible for your pier foundation. At least 2 cubic yards of concrete with the bottom below frost line if applicable. Stub up plenty of rebar for your pier.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:26 PM

That's the plan. Thanks!

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:23 PM

That is very cool, Charlie. Enormous undertaking, but that will be an amazing setup! Are you planning to heat and cool it, when you are not out using it? Dehumidifier?
Just curious. If this hobby sucks me in as I believe it will, there may be a small scale observatory in my future, and I have always wondered about the effects of being outside, on equipment.
Congrats, looks very well done!
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:59 PM

I'm not planning to either heat or cool it. However, the only time the equipment will be exposed to the elements is when observing. With the roof closed, heat and humidity in the summer may be an issue and I may need to do something, but I don't think that cold will be a big problem. It's been very cold this week (in the teens), but this is unusual for this area. I will have power and may want to keep a light bulb or some small heat source, but now I don't know.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 08:37 PM

Almost finished! The pier base was set in concrete this afternoon.

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#37 Charlie B

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 08:40 PM

The pier!

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#38 Dr Morbius

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:34 PM

Beautiful! Keep those pictures coming!!!

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:17 AM

This is a real class act!

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:11 AM

Charlie that is one heck of a setup there. As a former pro carpenter with finish a framing expertise I must commend you.....very well laid out and executed. Looks like the next expense will be a replacement weed trimmer! :roflmao: Mike

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:22 AM

Beautiful observatory and a very impressive design! It will give you many very enjoyable years of imaging and observing.

BTW, I've had a 14' chimney block pier (16"x16"x8" block) in my second floor ROR garage observatory for the past 12 years. I have a Meade 12" LX200 mounted on top. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised with the exceptional performance of this type of pier. It's extremely strong and absolutely vibration free. My scope is used almost 100% for imaging and I have never had any problems with vibrations.

Chimney Block Pier

Good Luck with your observatory build ....

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:48 AM

Charlie beautiful setup, can't wait to see the completion and first light.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:47 PM

Looks like the next expense will be a replacement weed trimmer!


I'm shopping around. Any recommendations? A 2-handed bush hog may be needed. :question:

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:49 PM

BTW, I've had a 14' chimney block pier (16"x16"x8" block) in my second floor ROR garage observatory for the past 12 years.



Actually, your picture of the chimney block pier gave me the idea. Thanks!

Charlie B

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:37 AM

Do use any re-bar or fill inside the chimney block? Or is it hollow?

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:58 AM

Looks like the next expense will be a replacement weed trimmer!


I'm shopping around. Any recommendations? A 2-handed bush hog may be needed. :question:

Charlie B


Stihl pro models are the best.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 07:54 AM

The chimney blocks are rebared and filled with concrete.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

It's all finished except I need to let the concrete cure. However, I could not wait and had a semi-first light with a tripod.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

Another view!

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 12:36 PM

With the roof closed!

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