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#1 MJB87

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 06:34 AM

We have finally broken ground on our backyard observatory, located near St. Michaels, Maryland. Plans generally follow BYO's CJE1 design. The observatory will house our 14" EdgeHD on a CGE Pro mount. It will be completely networked and ultimately capable of remote operation. Viewing is generally unrestricted except to the west where some tall trees 100' away interfere with the horizon. The nearest light source, other than on our property, is about 1500' away.

The Omega 2 telescope pier will be bolted to a 3'x 3' x 4' rebar and fiber reinforced concrete foundation, completely isolated from the rest of the structure.

Initial viewing will focus on planetary objects but once we get an autoguider installed we plan to get into deep space AP. That is our project for next year.

Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated.

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#2 BKBrown

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 08:18 AM

Looks like you are off to a great start! Scott and Don from BYO came out to my place in northern Virginia in 2012 and built my 12x12...the plans are pretty much bullet proof (not that those two guys ever needed to look at them :grin:). Can't wait to see what you do with your build...

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#3 MJB87

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 01:49 PM

Thanks. I currently live in Northern Virginia but our house is surrounded by trees. Hence our decision to build on the Eastern Shore instead.

Scott has been very helpful. However, I am using a local builder because I want the construction to mirror other buildings on our site also being constructed by that same builder.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:32 PM

Suggestions? Put in some overtime, get 'er done and star observing/imaging. :grin: Looks like it's going to be quite nice. :ubetcha:

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 07:03 AM

Yessir. Framing was completed yesterday, 24 hours after the photo above was taken.

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#6 CharlesW

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 08:32 AM

I don't know how some of you folks get permission to build an obs in the middle of a city park? Amazing site.

#7 MJB87

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 03:57 PM

I need permission? Ooops.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:36 PM

Here we are one week later...

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:15 AM

MJB87,Looks like you have a great spot for your OBS. Great job. +1 :waytogo:

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 07:10 PM

The observatory is getting close to completion. The BYO design is working well, though my builder wants to install cables and turnbuckles between the horizontal roof supports to stiffen the structure. Foam insulation will be sprayed in the roof to minimize daytime heating, with a very light flash coat (for moisture protection) on the walls and floor. I have fully tested the electronics and SkyX is now set up to run the mount, autoguider and focuser. The electrician shows up tomorrow. First light should be in July.

For those more experienced... If you were going back in time to first light, what do you wish you had imaged for the first time with your telescope? I'm thinking Saturn, but I am open to suggestions.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:06 PM

Isn't gravity a wonderful thing? :smirk: Mike

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 08:40 AM

:funny:

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 10:24 AM

I thought maybe he moved his observatory to Australia. A view of it Down Under :grin:

#14 MJB87

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:56 PM

That is very strange. I have no idea how it got attached upside down. Hopefully it is corrected now. (It has ALWAYS appear correctly when the forum is viewed on my iPad.)

And no, I have not moved the observatory to Australia. Though I did live there five years and saw the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter for the first time there.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 06:41 AM

Progress report... The carpenters are almost done. Air conditioner / dehumidifier has been installed. Spray foam insulation goes in tomorrow. I'll install Ethernet / USB / S-Video data connections, switch, interior/exterior security cameras and local access point this weekend. Metal roof needs to be installed. Waiting now for the electricians to bring power and data connection from a nearby structure. After that we can install roof motor. Once that is done we will move the telescope. Interior pictures to follow once wiring is complete.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:41 AM

I'm guessing this photograph depicts your observatory configured to feature the southern hemisphere skies?

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 12:52 PM

Not especially -- not sure I get the question. Yes, the south-facing wall drops though my telescope will be able to see over all of the walls. I chose south because I have the least obstructed view in that direction.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:55 PM

Upside down image. Right side or not it is a nice looking build.

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 03:53 PM

This is weird. I am looking at the image on my iPad right now and it shows perfectly normally. Here is a correct version. I cannot seem to edit the other posting.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 04:04 PM

MJ,It looks as though OBS is coming along nicely. Excellent Job. Are you loading the images from your Ipad? If so could it be that it is being flipped in there because of how the Ipad is positioned when viewing it to send to CN?Maybe flipping there?

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:31 PM

Tim,

You might be right. Having embarrassed myself twice now with upside-down postings, I will limit postings to those made on my computer.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 06:06 AM

That is one nice looking observatory! I look forward to seeing pictures of the inside when you get a chance.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:45 AM

Nice, on my bucket list. Any idea what the total cost would be, roughly?

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:39 PM

This is weird. I am looking at the image on my iPad right now and it shows perfectly normally. Here is a correct version. I cannot seem to edit the other posting.


In the future, feel free to ping the mods via the "mod alert" button if you have an image problem you would like to get fixed.

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#25 MJB87

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:11 PM

Thanks to all.

Inside pictures to follow. Just finished wiring for data connections: 4 USB, 1 S-Video, 1 Ethernet. The inside finishings won't be ready for several more months. Want to get the telescope up and running before I close up the walls.

BTW, the spray foam insulation works amazingly well.

This is an expensive build in order to fit a broader house development effort. Structure should come in about $15k. Materials are all of a very high standard. Just the way I like to do things.

MJB






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