Post a pic. of your observatory!
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:15 PM
Congratulations sir !
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:35 AM
Talk about luck!
Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:32 PM
BTW, Welcome to CN!
Posted 08 December 2012 - 02:34 PM
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.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:15 PM
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.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:56 PM
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.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:56 PM
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.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:06 PM
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!
Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:11 PM
I assume you positioned it well clear of the path of that center-pivot irrigation boom?
Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:04 PM
I started a thread for the Morning Calm Observatory at:
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
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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