Rich Neck Observatory Begins
Posted 05 June 2014 - 06:34 AM
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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:11 PM
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.