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#1 JAT Observatory

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:35 PM

Well it took longer than I expected but my son & I finished the obs disassembly today. We disconnected all the power and data lines. Got the dome off and the walls down. Power wash the parts and stacked it in the garage.

Here's the yute cleaning the cuby.

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He is proud of his work.

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Ready to be power washed

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Stacked away in the garage

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I still have to deal with the deck and the pier :(

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:45 PM

Outstanding! Looks ready for crating. Please send images of the final packing.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 10:14 PM

Now you just need to pack everything else!

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:36 PM

Here's the yute cleaning the cuby.



Dang Marcus, he's not a little kid anymore is he! Tell him Howdy from the Horsies.

Fine job. :bow:

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 06:30 PM

No he's not. He has grown so much physically and mentally. I am really proud of him. I did however spend another day taking advantage of his cheap labor. We got the deck platform ripped up and cut up. Justin dug out the cement footer for the post that held the solar panel. Then he ground down the J-bolts on the pier base plate and painted the pier base. The spousal unit painted the bird bath. After I was done supervising I put down some topsoil and grass seed. This is all that is left of the JAT Observatory

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:25 AM

Supervising is good.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:24 PM

A bird bath...now that's a nice touch! And your son has turned into a good looking young man. :bow:

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:06 PM

I wanted a sundial but I couldn't find one locally.

The cool thing is before we put the bird bath on I put a level on the top of the pier base plate, and after 10 years it was still perfectly level.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:10 PM

So what's next for the JAT Observatory?

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:47 AM

I really don't know. I don't know if the obs will be re-constructed at the new house. I have to admit I was kind of sad when we were removing the last pieces of the obs. This may sound weird to a some but the obs had it own personality. It was a place to go and get away, even when it was cloudy.

I do still have my old 10" LX200GPS that I can setup on the tripod, but I not looking forward to dragging that thing out to stargaze.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 08:51 AM

Great job, Marcus! Kudos to both you and your son! :waytogo:

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:09 PM

I hope you can get it rebuilt Marcus. I got lots of tips from your website over the years and seeing your obs along with a few others gave me inspiration to build my own, well BYO built it.

When I joined CN 10 years ago yesterday there were very few observatories it seemed and now this forum is packed with new build threads and others with questions about things to do with their observatories. I've been enjoying mine for seven years now and have it fully automated. Thanks Marcus!

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:14 PM

Pretty sure you will be driving right by my house on the way to your new one. You can just drop off the obs so I can keep it safe for you, you know, until you are sure you're gonna set it up at your new place...
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 01:43 AM

Thanks Joel.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:33 AM

Really hope you get your Observatory built again.

I honestly spent a lot of time on your website and read many of your guides/blogs while planning for my own.

The JAT Observatory is definitely one of the observatories that inspired me most.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 09:34 PM

Well I got a bombshell dropped on me today by the moving company. They quoted $5500+ for crating (via a 3rd party crating company) a another $1500 in uncrating fees. Lockheed will only cover about $2200 of the crating charge. That leaves me with a $3300+ bill before uncrating. If it is not crated is not covered for damage during the move. The moving comapny also hinted they might not ship it without the crating. The crating company won't cover it if they don't uncrate it.

So I call the crating company. The VP is into telescopes he said they quoted it as a commercial crating (Helicopters, gov equipment etc. He's supposed to call back tomorrow to see if there is something they can do. Below is what they quoted to crate it. I'm not willing to pay 1/2 of the purchase price of the OBS to ship it, so I listed it on Astromart.

-Dome 42x96x49, crate is $2608.50 and uncrate $705.

-Side 45x23x53, crate is $814 and uncrate $220.

-Side 49x63x53, crate is $2127.50 and uncrate $575.

I could throw it in a U-Haul and drive it there for a fraction of that, but logistically that is not an option.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:08 AM

Those are pretty extreme prices!! What about having a local carpenter build you some quick crates and having it truck-freight shipped? A couple dozen 2x4's and a few sheets of chipboard is more like $100!! And, they don't have to be in 'waterproof' crates, just a framework so things stack up and don't fall over in the truck. You'd need to arrange/help with loading/unloading, but a couple of 2x12's for ramps and you and a friend to slide them, and you're home. (you can ship the 2x12's in the truck, too, and maybe use some of the lumber to build a new deck for it!)

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 08:08 AM

I could throw it in a U-Haul and drive it there for a fraction of that, but logistically that is not an option.


Why not? You don't say where you're going or how far, but I would think you could hire a college kid to drive the thing in a U-Haul, and pay to fly him back home for a fraction of what the moving company wants.

Also, I'd look into smaller trucking companies as opposed to moving companies. They might have a truck going your way that is either empty or partially full and be willing to add your observatory in for a reasonable price.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

If you can't get a reasonable price locally, contact:
http://www.nationwidetrans.com/ . I have used them many times and their rates are among the lowest. One issue with the crating for a residential pickup will be the forklift and/or liftgate service. Be sure to mention that when you inquire for other quotes.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:03 AM

My 8 foot exploradome wouldn't quite fit in a "PODS" container but if yours does they will ship it for less than that amount.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 06:07 PM

So I called the Pod people they wanted $2800. More than I wanted but the real problem was availiblity. They said they are booking stuff 6 weeks out.

Then things got better, the VP of the crating company called about an hour ago and said they could crate it below LM's cap. So I pulled the ad from astromart and it going to my garage in Georgia!!!

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:26 PM

So I called the Pod people they wanted $2800. More than I wanted but the real problem was availiblity. They said they are booking stuff 6 weeks out.

Then things got better, the VP of the crating company called about an hour ago and said they could crate it below LM's cap. So I pulled the ad from astromart and it going to my garage in Georgia!!!


Yay!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:45 AM

Great news Marcus!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:06 AM

COngrats!

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:20 AM

Great! Have a safe move.






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