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#51 David Knisely

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:32 AM

Here is a shot of Hyde Observatory with the roof rolled back. The observatory is owned by the city of Lincoln, but is run by volunteers mainly from the Prairie Astronomy Club.

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#52 David Knisely

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:35 AM

Here is a shot of the observing deck from the hill east of the facility. You can just see the C14 peeking out (has to be level before we open or close the roof). You can also see the solar power panels on the roof and electrical systems on the side of the observatory used to generate electrical power to help, "make our meter run backwards".

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:37 AM

Here is a shot of the observing deck with a fellow volunteer manning the C14. The NexStar 11 sits to its right and the 8 inch Newtonian is out of the picture to the lower left...

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#54 Rick Needham

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 04:03 AM

Very sharp! Thanks David for sharing these photos! :waytogo: :applause: :applause: :applause:

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 08:22 AM

David:
NIce place ya got there! I like the roll roof arrangement, using part of the rest of the building to hold it up. I like the way you dealt with the downspout on the corner, allowing it to "break" when rolling the roof.

How much did the solar electric panels cost and how much ROI (return on investment) does it make? How long till it pays for itself? With gas prices going through the roof the cost of everything is going to skyrocket. Solutions such as those PV panels will make more and more sense as we go along.
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Posted 25 April 2006 - 11:57 AM

Thats a Great looking observatory David! :cool:
Your town must be very proud!

#57 David Knisely

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 04:08 PM

David:
NIce place ya got there! I like the roll roof arrangement, using part of the rest of the building to hold it up. I like the way you dealt with the downspout on the corner, allowing it to "break" when rolling the roof.

How much did the solar electric panels cost and how much ROI (return on investment) does it make? How long till it pays for itself? With gas prices going through the roof the cost of everything is going to skyrocket. Solutions such as those PV panels will make more and more sense as we go along.
Thanks!
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Well, it was a cooperative demonstration project between the Observatory and the Lincoln Electric System, so I don't know all the cost details (it was rather expensive however). During the day, the panels feed an inverter and the system generates enough power to "make our meter run backwards" a bit, but at night, the meter runs the right way as we tap commercial power. Still, for reducing peak loads, it is somewhat viable, although somewhat expensive. Clear skies to you.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:56 AM

Well, we had a board meeting tonight, and I found out that the Solar panel power system cost about $25,000 to purchase and install. It provides about 2 kW of power (up to 2.8 kW on occasion). Clear skies to you.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 11:16 AM

My observatory was completed last summer. It was to replace my "astroshed" which had not faired well in our spring storms. What was perceived as an approximately month-long project turned into an all summer job. I've attached a photo, but the construction log and internal photos can be viewed from here: Click on "Observatory"

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 01:45 PM

Simply awesome Posaunist :waytogo: Well thought out design! :applause:

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 02:05 PM

My observatory, completed less than a month ago, is a room addition to our home. The roof is a 7' X 7' roll-off powered by a golf cart garage door opener. The scope sits on a Pier-Tech 2 which will lift it 20 inches higher than position in the picture. The Pier-Tech 2 is on an 18" diameter concrete pier sunken 4 feet into the ground and is 39" above the floor (deck level).
Building commentary and pix can be found at
http://www.weatherwa...om/observatory/
I still don't have a name for the observatory. Possiblities: SkyWatch Observatory (I have a business called WeatherWatch) or Hidden Valley Observatory (the name of our little subdivision).
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Posted 30 April 2006 - 02:21 PM

Very nice, Jimmy! I really like your pier.

It's a good thing that your AZ humidity, or lack there of, is nothing like it is here in AR. That TV wouldn't last very long with the dew problems I've experienced.

Very nice!

#63 Merlin J Raymond

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:03 PM

Well I don't know if mine is as nice as most of these but it is unique. Some of you have already but what the hey.
Star Shooter Mobile Observatory

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:58 PM

^^^ Soon to be Upgraded, right Magic Man? :)

#65 Merlin J Raymond

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 02:43 AM

Jeff word is my dome will arrive sometime next week. Not sure how long before it sits atop the trailer. There may be other plans in the works. My turn to be quiet now. Lets just say it may get a life of it's own. :lol: Another pic just for good measure.

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 10:26 AM

This is my obsevatory for now. Mainly it just houses my telescopes.

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#67 Tom yates

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 03:31 PM

Some fantastic observatory's i can only dream about the build quality and craftmanship, Fantastic.

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 09:29 PM

Here's the "Bad Moon Observatory" ! It's not quite done yet in this pic, but close enough! The base is 9'8" X 9'8", the floor to top of dome height is 120". Gotta love those ExploraDomes, with a little imagination and basic skills anyone can have a backyard obs. for cheap.
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#69 Bob Griffiths

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 06:49 AM

Yere is My Smiling Irish Eyes Observatpry... Not quite finished, going to wait a full years to finish the inside (sept 07), as I want to see if I have any moisture or heat problems to deal with before paneling the walls etc.

Bob G.

Its an Exploardome on a 7 foot tall 10x12 elevated platform..
Total cost (electric,paint,materials platform etc = $2200 BEST accesory I ever "invested in)

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 08:17 AM

Here's Mine,

http://windyridgeobs...ry.blogspot.com

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 08:24 AM

My 12' x 8' rolloff ... almost done. Just need to finish siding the exterior.

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 10:17 AM

My Sanctum Santorum the Blue Moon Observatory.
Built from pier to padlock for just over a grand.

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#73 Ivan Gastaldo

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 04:23 PM

OK, here is my humble observatory, and still have a little bit of details to finish up before it is 100% ready... :cool:

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:03 PM

Ivan --

Great to see that you re-built! I was so bummed for you after the hurricane. Well done.

Did you go with the same design the second time around? It looks similar, but my memory isn't what it used to be....

-- Jeff.

#75 Ivan Gastaldo

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 03:51 PM

LOL! Thanks Jeff!
Indeed, same design (a little smaller), but it is being reinforced all around...
I also have a full set of shutters (to reinforce the whole building) that I'll be able to use in case needed... ;)


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