The Little Owl Micro Observatory (on a balcony)
Posted 02 August 2014 - 12:48 AM
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I visited a local metal company to buy me the Aluminium for the frame. The frame will be made from 1,50 m and 1,20 m sides (60x40x3 mm) and will have 2 support beams along the long side at 1/3 and 2/3 of the frame made up of 80x40x3 mm beams, which will also be fabricated into a mounting place for the pier.
The dad of a friend of mine has a co-worker that is able to weld aluminium and he fabricated the frame for me, and in return, he and his two sons will come and visit me when he observatory is finished to do some stargazing together.
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Excellent use of your balcony! I like a lot your method of attaching your pier to the side wall to stabilize it, and I especially like your idea of a brake disc as a mount adapter!! I'll be borrowing that idea!
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 05:10 PM
Looking really good, Tim - it sure will be nice to see you putting out some beautiful astrophotos soon!
Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:09 AM
Hope our weather here will permit me to continue the build over the weekend, although sunday for now looks like a really wet day. I hope to put up the top frame (which is already standing assembled on our top floor) and roof, and maybe make a start on applying the shiplap. When it's all done, I will still need to create some light shield for the street light, as it still shines up to the balcony, so that will further improve my situation. I'm thinking of making a pvc pipe frame with some foil used to create pounds, which I'll probably will also use as a moisture barrier to keep moisture from entering the observatory from below the observatory, as the rain the fall on the balcony has to pass under the observatory to the drain pipe.
Posted 10 August 2014 - 01:35 AM
There has been some good progress this week, however photos will have to follow later on, when weather permits. The top frame has been constructed and moved from the backyard to the second floor, which proved quite the problem as it was too wide for our staircases. So we pulled it up by rope from the balcony. Yesterday, the frame was placed and the hinges installed, so the top can now flip open. I also installed the roof and I'm now ready to start applying the shiplap to the rest of the structure, which is something I can hopefully do in some dry hours in the evenings this week. The roof also need some finishings to be taken care off, and the back wall panel has to be constructed, but I will probably do that last. Electricity will then have to be installed, and after painting some of the remaining parts of the pier and pier adapter, my equipment can be placed. All looking very good at the moment.
Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:58 AM
So just managed to take some shots before Bertha's remains arrive with lots of rainfall forecasted.
Edited by astrovirus, 10 August 2014 - 03:59 AM.
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Posted 11 August 2014 - 10:31 AM
That really is a narrow little lanai or balcony! Makes the one outside my apartment look enormous. I sometimes like to put a black shirt over the light outside my apartment and get in a few minutes of stargazing with the binoculars. Great little set-up you have there.
Posted 16 August 2014 - 11:49 AM
So, more and more it is starting to look like an observatory (although a very small one).
Made some small brackets to guide the top frame.
Shiplap nearly finished en attached a handle for opening, also constructed a foldable stand for when the observatory is opened.
Finished the roof.
Edited by astrovirus, 16 August 2014 - 11:49 AM.