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#26 Midnight Dan

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:21 AM

Gorgeous! Love the Cedar clapboard! :waytogo:

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#27 JJK

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 10:31 AM

Gorgeous! Love the Cedar clapboard! :waytogo:

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Thanks. It does look nice. I'll be applying a pigmented stain to protect the surface from weather and the Sun.

#28 TPMack

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 03:28 PM

Your almost there John. Any plans for lightning protection? West Virginia is not nearly as bad as it is here in FL but it can get a little nasty.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:50 PM

Your almost there John. Any plans for lightning protection? West Virginia is not nearly as bad as it is here in FL but it can get a little nasty.


Hi Tom,

The lightning incidence is much less than in FL, but I will take some steps towards protecting the equipment against such damage.

#30 Special Ed

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:12 AM

Hello,

Congratulations on your new observatory. :) It looks very nice and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I too, have a 12x16 obs with two piers. I built it myself but got the plans and the rollers from BYO. I modified the plans a little bit but my obs is essentially like yours (except my roof is turned the other way).

From the pics you posted, you have a nice mountaintop location with good horizons. I had to compromise a little there. Where are you located? You can see where I am by clicking on the map in my CSC. Twin Sugars Observatory CSC

When winter gets here you'll want to keep covers on your rails. Otherwise the ice/frozen snow will prevent you from rolling your roof back. I took a 4 inch PVC pipe and split it lengthwise to make the covers. Got this idea right here in the observatory forum. :)

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#31 tim57064

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 11:48 AM

Not sure what anyone is talking about here,I see no pic's on the entire thread at all? Obviously they must not have carried over to the new and improved version. Oh well a few glitches must be expected.



#32 Special Ed

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 12:18 PM

They haven't imported pics that were embedded in threads yet but they are aware of the situation.  Should be up by tomorrow according to GregK.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 01:01 AM

Interesting design!  I have not seen a side slide off roof like that before.  Nice solution. 

 

(I am seeing the pictures OK.)



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:37 PM

Last week, I installed the custom door and hinges that I designed (see attached).  I'm now waiting for an electrician to connect the observatory to the grid (been waiting two months for him to do the work).

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:38 PM

Attached is a single 30 min luminance image of M33 I took at the site a few months ago with a 105 mm apo.

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 04:42 PM

Here's a view of the deck and roll off posts/beams.

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#37 rockethead26

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 05:30 PM

Very, very nice. The deck is a nice addition.



#38 torsinadoc

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 05:51 PM

Very nice observatory



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 06:16 PM

Very, very nice. The deck is a nice addition.

 

Thank you, rockethead & torsinadoc.

 

The deck was initially added for safety.  Because the door swings out, having two small steps instead of the deck would make opening it awkward at best.  In addition, the deck will be a nice place to sit when the roof is overhead.  It'll tend to keep dew off me.


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#40 jdfjeff

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 10:29 PM

Very nice.   I really like the added deck.....you're going to love that!



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 11:34 PM

The deck is a great addition, if I ever build a ROR I will add a deck.

Very nice!  Enjoy,

 

Mike



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 10:04 PM

I really like your roof hold downs. Simple and efficient. Brilliant!

 

Are the horizontal beams supporting the roll off rails (4) 2x6's on each side?


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Posted 15 December 2014 - 12:02 AM

I really like your roof hold downs. Simple and efficient. Brilliant!

 

Are the horizontal beams supporting the roll off rails (4) 2x6's on each side?

 

MDB and George, thank you.

 

George, the roof hold down solution was provided by BYO (I can't take credit for it, other than being smart enough to want and pay for the option).  I don't know if Scott Horstman at BYO conceived of it, but he is sharp.

 

The roll-off beams are four 2x6s on end.


Edited by JJK, 15 December 2014 - 12:04 AM.







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