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#26 BCB

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 08:37 PM

I was just thinking the same thing..

My god, thats about 3 foot worth, and it looks to all be from one storm..

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 08:55 PM

Well on the bright side, It should be all melted away by September :lol:

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:45 PM

Thay is some sweet snowfall! This is coming from an avid big montain skier. Where was that snow fall here in NY and VT this year? Sheesh, I am jealous over that!!!!

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Posted 15 April 2006 - 10:33 PM

Well on the bright side, It should be all melted away by September :lol:


:funny: :lol: :rofl5: :lol: :getem:

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 06:49 AM

...so here is mine:
the "stargazer private observatory"
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and the scopes:
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FYI - some reports and explanations - especially of the one arm fork mount
http://stargazer.chr...ports_sub01.htm

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#31 JAT Observatory

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 10:02 AM

Man everytime I see that setup it just blows me away!

#32 Michael Rapp

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 07:00 PM

Something about a 9" folded refractor that makes one want to sit in a quiet corner and reflect. And consider selling a car. :lol:

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 10:13 PM

Hey this is my first post here. I've been hanging around the other site for some time now I just signed on here today.
Andy

Here's a link to my observatory construction photo's.
http://community.web...136917818udlQWZ

#34 Richard B. Drumm

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 10:28 PM

Andy:
Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Nice observatory you've got there, I've seen the pix before. Somebody here had links to it, I think. It was a thread about geodesic observatory domes, if I recall...
Nice place ya got there!
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Posted 16 April 2006 - 10:33 PM

Thanks Rich! I hope I'll be able to contribute some to the site.

#36 Jeff Young

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 06:21 AM

Andy --

Welcome aboard! I find myself over here a lot more than AstorMart (well, the forums part, anyway). There are a few folks over there that I miss, so I browse from time to time, but I just find this site a lot easier to read.

-- Jeff.

(PS: Andy can definitely contribute -- I ran my observatory thread on both forums for awhile and got lots of great advice from Andy!)

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 08:36 AM

That's a cool observatory. That is how I built my current 15' observatory. Nice real dome on top on yours, I made a sort of odd ball rotating framed structure on top of mine.

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 12:15 PM

Hi Jeff! Thanks for the welcome! These forums are easier aren't they. Thats some observatory you have there! I still say that structure will outlast the observatory at Armagh. :cool:
Glad I was able to help!

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 03:37 PM

Hi All,

I'm enjoying the pics of the observatories. Some very nice work indeed. Here are a couple of photos of my roll-off that I completed last summer.

Clear skies,
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#40 khoferer

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 03:39 PM

One of the interior...

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 06:43 PM

Very nice guys its nice to a lot of observatories out there.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 10:34 PM


This it what I intend to build in my back yard.
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This is what I intent to put in it...
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I like the non-dome-shaped rotating roof however. Ah yes, designing can be really fun... :jump:

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 10:34 AM

I like the non-dome-shaped rotating roof


Nice graphics - could you explain above? Looks like a slide-off :question:

Good luck with your project :jump:

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 02:01 AM

Yep, really simple. The roof is supported by the standard posts which are not shown in the pic. The telescope is an 18" cassegrain.

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 02:20 AM

Yep, really simple. The roof is supported by the standard posts which are not shown in the pic. The telescope is an 18" cassegrain.


Great - that will be a massive focal length and image scale! Good luck - and there's me using a focal reducer down to 2m fl to get 'more sky in' :smirk:

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 03:04 AM

Stargate 4173 at Grimaldi Tower


Stunning observatory Robert - and as an architect myself nice to see those rare detailed pro drawings on this forum:smirk: What is your current scope within?

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 01:30 PM

Stunning observatory Robert - and as an architect myself nice to see those rare detailed pro drawings on this forum:smirk: What is your current scope within?


I currently have a 10 year old 8-inch Meade LX-50. When my wife and I sat down with the architect to explain what we wanted, I indicated I was going to get a 16 foot Ash-Dome. My wife looked at me, then at my telescope, and then said "Isn't that telescope rather small for a 16 foot dome?"

I then replied, "Ah, I guess I will have to upgrade the scope then!"

Little did she know of my plans to upgrade :grin: She walked right into that one!

I would like to upgrade to a 14-inch RCX400. I will be waiting a year or so to do this for 2 reasons:

(1) I would like to purchase an RCX400 with all the enhancements that current owners are asking for, and
(2) finances! I mean, I just built this observatory and new addition onto the existing house. Can you imagine? :foreheadslap:

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 02:57 PM

Bob

I looked at your pictures from your website all i can say is wow :waytogo: very very nice. I only have a LX200 12"gps maybe I can move in until you get your 14":roflmao: :roflmao:

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:17 AM

I would like to upgrade to a 14-inch RCX400. I will be waiting a year or so to do this for 2 reasons:

(1) I would like to purchase an RCX400 with all the enhancements that current owners are asking for, and
(2) finances!.....


The RCX400's a nice scope Robert - reviewed by colleague Nik Szymanek for UK Astronomy Now last autumn - I would have got if not on vacation when editor rang:bawling:. Won't be upgrading myself from LX200 as I don't need a wider field for DSO etc - mine's mostly VS stellar + spectro:smirk:

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:30 AM

Well, here is "my" observatory (well, it isn't mine personally, I just serve on the board of supervisors to help run the place). It is Hyde Memorial Observatory, a free public facility located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The structure consists of an observing deck with roll-off roof, a central connecting segment with restrooms, hallways, and audio/visual room, and a main lecture hall (the part sitting under the high pointed roof with the solar panels on it). The deck currently houses a C14 SCT, an 8 inch f/6 Newtonian, and a NexStar 11GPS SCT, along with a solar projection telescope. We also have a Coronado PST and an Edmund Astroscan RFT. The facility is open to the public each Saturday night, as well as at other times by reservation.

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