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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?

#159 averen

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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)?

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#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.

 

1%20Floor%20Frame.jpg

 

2%20Floor%20Frame.jpg



#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?








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