Barker's Bluff Observatory Begins
Posted 18 September 2014 - 04:53 PM
Posted 24 September 2014 - 07:00 PM
I will begin finger excercies as no motor is planned in the near future
Posted 30 September 2014 - 06:40 PM
So close I can taste it. Outreach room.
Posted 30 September 2014 - 06:57 PM
Observatory lacks door, so no valuables can stay overnight.
Posted 08 October 2014 - 05:53 PM
Beauty and the Beast.
Door arrives !!
It weighs about 200 lbs. Door perimeter is 3/8 inch steel box.
Stained and four coat satin sealed panels belie the impenetrable structure
Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:32 AM
My deepest apologies to those of you in the Southeast.
The observatory is to be completed by this afternoon. I will move the scopes in and commence with finalizing cable runs.
There will then be 3-4 days of concentrated leak testing which may adversely affect your sky conditions this weekend.
I will make every effort to wrap this up before the new moon.
Posted 12 October 2014 - 01:18 PM
Friday and Saturday brought security.
Four roof toggle clamps (each rated at 300 lb capacity) were installed to keep roof locked when closed.
The two on the West side are angled to keep the roof tight against the West side stops on the rails.
The other two are neutral.
Posted 12 October 2014 - 01:27 PM
So now it is safe to bring in the scopes. Hooray!!!
C11 is happy on G11 topping Linak column.
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Controller conveniently mounted on pier adapter.
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Wires temporarily taped until I decide on final arrangement.
Posted 12 October 2014 - 01:36 PM
The floor outlet boxes are a deep design that allows the plugs to be completely recessed beneath the covers with rubber gaskets to help keep out moisture and dirt.
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Two boxes contain AC outlets, and the third will carry all data feeds
Posted 15 October 2014 - 04:40 PM
UPDATE astronomers n the Southeast U.S.
Thank you for your patience during leak testing. During the past week, the observatory has been tested with over five inches of torrential rainfall.
In order to expedite the testing process, straight line winds up to 60 MPH were added on two occasions.
While some nearby trees were downed, they were not implicated in direct impact tests.
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In the interest of public safety, hurricane and tornado tests are on indefinite hold, but may be activated with little warning.
Testing should wrap up this evening with a 20% chance of additional leak testing. However due to the excellent performance of the observatory over the past week, testing tonight may be limited to tolerance of overbearing cloud cover.
All tests should be completed by tomorrow 10/16/14.
You will then be returned to your typical fall weather:
Days should be sunny and clear in the mid to high 70's - good for solar observing
Nights will be clear and cool with highs in the mid to high 40's with light breezes from the Southwest after Friday.
As promised, testing has been completed prior to the new moon.
Clear Skies y'all