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#901 bhedges

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:29 PM

Thanks, I know I wouldn't use the 11" nearly as much if I didn't have a permanent location for it. I did buy an mount adapter for the pier so I can easily take it to the field if I want to. It's a retirement gift to myself so I'm looking forward to using it a lot when I retire in a few months.

#902 johne

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:08 AM

I uploaded a short video of my observatory on youtube.
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=C_Rkf8SnYXs


That video is very well done. You have a nice talent for video production.

#903 bhedges

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:53 PM

Thanks, it really helps to have great music to edit it to.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

Not the best due to low lighting, but here is a link to a 360 Degree panorama inside the POD after an imaging session.

http://360.io/kWTcJp

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

We just got done with our building, and thought I would show it here. It is an automated roll-off roof with a warm room attached. The mosaic below kind of shows it off. It is a nice way to go to keep the building profile down.. Very happy to be done with it.. for now :)

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#906 bouffetout

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:15 PM

Absolute dream obsevatory...beautiful !
Congratulations sir !
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#907 Greyhaven

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

Very well executed plan. I know that will add to your viewing pleasure. I know now how much a special observing place means.
Be Well
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#908 Norm Meyer

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

Hi,
Here is my observatory, small but adequate.

#909 bigeyewats

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

Hi! I got this back in August at a garage sale for $400 :D
Talk about luck!

#910 csa/montana

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

The last two posts do not contain any photos. :( If you need assistance on how to post images, PM me, or any Moderator (Green name), or any Admin (Red name).

BTW, Welcome to CN! :)

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:34 PM

Hi Tel,
I was very pleased to come across your post showing the Pulsar Dome as I purchased a 2.7 model last year with which I initially had problems with water seeping in beneath the dome edges and below the rubber floor I also purchased.
Much time and money placing several layers of high quality mastic around the circumference base solved the problem and also reduced the lower inside wall condensation caused by the penetrated dampness. Before this essential treatment I had found considerable dampness on the concrete floor when lifting the interwoven rubber mat sections.
Additionally I rigged up a HD polythene sheet which is taped to the revolving top area and hangs down over the outside door area and below preventing any water entering through the door edges when opening the dome door.
You may think all this is a bit over the top but inside the (now dry snug) dome is some very expensive telescope gear.
To reduce the occurrence of condensation forming on the dome interior walls I would strongly recommend installing a 5ft Dimplex bar heater which should be left on throughout the Winter months. This should either be placed on the dome floor or set on a support at waist level.
To check the temperature and amounts of humidity inside the dome you can install an inexpensive weather station (£40 approx) the sensors inside the dome send the readings to the main base unit kept in the house. A de-humid kept inside the dome can be used as and when to reduce the humidity levels. So for a small outlay you should be able to keep your dome damp free in the awful weather.
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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:15 PM

Norm
welcome to CN I hope you get the photo attachment thing worked out. Carol's a really great resource. I hope you are not too close to the state prison there. Those night lights would put any street lights in my neighborhood to shame.
Be Well
Grey

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:16 PM

Would you mind shareing the building plans for this rool off please..

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:56 PM

Hi Megabusa,
I was just scrolling through this thread when I caught sight of an idea I've been toying with. I am planning to add a warm room to my octagonal building that supports my dome. In this photo, is that a short vestibule that is connecting your control room with the observatory? I would love to examine any more details you have of your construction whether in photos or drawings or descriptions. If you want to, pm me any info. Many thanks.
Michael :thanx:

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

After looking through many of these pictures I've decided to upload a picture of my observatory. Ordered in July, arrived in September - completed Oct 2012. Several months of heavy lift and tote along with that full body ache of days spent digging scratching and hauling.

For the most part the construction and assembly was done solo due to the lack of strong young backs. No problem though - us mature types have learned a thing or two about self sufficiency.

Gotta love SkyShed POD. It's a bit on the compact side inside but given that its a structure to house the observatory its good for that purpose. The control room is at the kitchen table.



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

Ordered Aug 17th, Delivered Sept 20th, first light Nov 6th (Election Day). Plan is to use it remotely from the house at first, then via long distance as more automation installed. Right now, Azimuth Dome control via LesveDome, works great! Automatic shutters are next. Real happy with the dome, works great, a good value but wish I had ordered the Aluminum ring. Still have some finishing touches to do, but waiting till spring, it's a wee cold here in Minnesota right now.

The name is CAVU Observatory.... I work in aviation and CAVU is an acronym that means Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited, a term used in Aviation Weather and I figured it works in this case as every astronomers dream is one of clear skies!

Larry

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#917 Bob Myler

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:11 PM

Beautiful observatory, Larry - with an interesting name!

I assume you positioned it well clear of the path of that center-pivot irrigation boom? :snowedin:

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

May as well 'post a pic' on this forum thread also. This is my new Morning Calm Observatory. A 20x24 roll-off-roof design with a 6x20 warm room and a 16x20 attached 'Observ-a-party' deck. I designed this to house my 30" Obsession Telescope.

I started a thread for the Morning Calm Observatory at:

http://www.cloudynig...5592040/page...

Thanks to Cloudy Nights; its contributors, administrators and moderators. And a special welcome to the lurkers! I was one for years reading and lurking before I finally took the plunge to pursue construction of my observatory to continue pursuit of my life long passion with astronomy. You can overcome any handicap with knowledge. Pursue your dreams!

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

My OBS. $2 tarps and the frame from an old green house.
Meade 8" LX50 on a Tuthill isostatic mount and a cardboard dew shield. Putting it away tonight I started to slip down the hill while carrying the optics. That was a heart thumping moment. I am sooo looking forward to having a ($600) RoR OBS by the end of 2013.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:30 AM

Larry it looks like it's out in the middle of nowhere I hope you anchor it down good. First 80 mph squawl line hits and it's "good bye city"! :lol:

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

I wonder about the wind too, but I figure there aren't any flat surfaces so hopefully I'm safe!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

Beautiful job Donovan. I especially like the deck. Well done.

Larry

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:50 AM

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#924 AB9MS

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

When are you getting a dome put on that?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

Here is mine ...

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