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#151 tadpoletoo

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

Jblockyou, Absolutely 1st class!!! Been following your progress and being a bit of a woodpecker myself , can't help but admire your craftsmanship. One thing left, A handrail or two, climbing out of there in the darkness maybe ok for you but you are going to have visitors. Congratulations!

#152 Starman27

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:28 AM

Very nice build.

#153 SteveGR

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 11:05 AM

Looking really good. I hope the weather plays nice with you when it is time for first light. I swear, this spring there have been some nice nights, but I am usually already committed when they happen. Hopefully you have better luck than me!

#154 s800

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:31 PM

Wow. Saving these pics for a future build.

Could you show some more detail on the shutter mechanics?

Thanks!

#155 SteveGR

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:42 PM

When it's done, you should make a video and give us a tour. :)

#156 jblockyou

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:01 AM

The roof is finally sealed and the last coat of flat black paint has been applied on the inside. The floor has been sealed and hopefully I can get the carpet installed this afternoon. Then move in the furniture, computer, mount and telescope. Finish up some wiring and maybe good to go in a few days. The small door on the dome needs a minor modification, which I also hope to finish this weekend. Photos to follow as work progresses.

#157 jblockyou

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:59 PM

This weekend I installed the mount and telescope. I also built the battery power source to run the telescope and the computer. Still some work to do but it's close to being functional.
Telescope/Mount View One
Telescope/Mount View Two
Telescope/Mount View Three
Power Source/Computer
Observatory Side View


#158 tim57064

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

jblockyou,Lookin' great. :waytogo: Just wondering though,are 2 batteries enough to handle both the desktop and the scope's mount with camera's and everything,or are they just for the desktop alone?

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

Looking good!

Interested to see how you're automating the dome. How will you be rotating it and opening/closing the shutter? What type of shutter mechanism are you planning on using (cables/gears)?

Jared

#160 jblockyou

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 07:12 PM

I'm going to try just two batteries and see what happens. The two batteries will run the computer, monitor, mount, ccd camera/cooler and dew heaters. Dome rotation and shutter will be done manually for now. You can rotate the dome with one finger.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

You're clearly a Man on a Mission - this the best and quickest obsy build I've ever seen - can't await for those first light images posted to the forum - well done :bow:

#162 SteveGR

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:25 PM

So, did you have first light yet? Having followed your progress, just curious how it all turned out. :)

#163 jblockyou

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 03:40 PM

Well I have started phase two of the observatory. I am building an 8' x 12' warm room / control room. I thought I would get started because you never know what the weather is going to do.

Here are a couple of photos showing the floor frame and posts.

 

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#164 SteveGR

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:47 AM

I admire your tenacity, the one project would have been more than enough for one year for most people!  It all looks great. An excellent structure, and it looks like a good site with wonderful horizons, which I envy, the two main observing sites I use here are tree limited.

 

Are you pretty happy with everything thus far?  Are the pier and dome performing as you expected?



#165 jblockyou

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 11:10 AM

So far, with the limited time I have had to use the dome, everything is working out great. The biggest problem is the weather cooperating on the nights when I don't have to work the next day. Hopefully in the next year or so I can retire and the problem will go away!



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 11:08 AM

So far, with the limited time I have had to use the dome, everything is working out great. The biggest problem is the weather cooperating on the nights when I don't have to work the next day. Hopefully in the next year or so I can retire and the problem will go away!

 

We have had a very cloudy summer here, so I understand.  Though, that said, two of the clear nights I have observed on this year have been among the best conditions I have ever seen.  So, there is some good mixed in with the bad.



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 05:50 PM

The floor is finished and two walls are built and installed.

 

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 05:54 PM

Last night it was clear and I had a chance to mess around for a few hours so I took this image of Andromeda.

Image consists of (200) 30 second exposures using C14, Hyperstar and Atik 383+L OSC color camera. I composed the frame so I could get all three galaxies.

 

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 06:06 PM

I also managed to image the Pleiades for a short time. Image consists of (80) 60 second exposures using C14, Hyperstar and Atik 383+L OSC color camera. I need to expose longer but it was getting cold.

 

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 07:41 AM

WOW!!! :bugeyes:   :goodjob: 



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:32 AM

First rate, to say the least!! Are you going to connect the two rooms internally?

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:42 AM

I'm not planning to connect the two rooms with a door. I don't want the heat escaping into the dome from the warm room. I should be able to control everything from the warm room except for opening the dome and configuring the telescope with the right camera and accessories needed for that night. I'm only planning on heating the warm room to about 50 degrees. We all know how good 50 degrees feels when it's 5 degrees outside.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:26 PM

Attached File  sized_PICT4979.JPG   150.14KB   1 downloadsWhat I did was to build an insulated door with a double-paned glass (rescued from our town recycling center). I found that I had to enter the dome room at least just to rotate the dome. Is yours motorized and automated?

Michael



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 09:44 PM

What type of roof are you going to be putting on the addition?  Are you worried at all about it radiating heat?



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Posted 28 September 2014 - 09:36 AM

I have finished the roof, one piece rubber because of the slope and I wanted a full height door, and the siding.

 

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