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#926 StarWrangler

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:53 PM

Stephan,

That is a perfect example of a Flip Top Observatory!

How about posting your construction steps for others.

Enjoy,

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#927 BigNick

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Here is mine ...

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Great job! Any construction details and/or pics you can provide?

#928 pereloup

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

Here is mine ...

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Great job! Any construction details and/or pics you can provide?


Of course! It's a 6' by 6' platform, 6' high made of 2 by 4 lumber and 1/4" plywood. There are holes in the floor so the tripod legs can go through so the scope won't move when I'm inside. Everything is control via a laptop inside the observatory.

You will find more pictures and plans at ...

http://www.flickr.co...57629349631735/

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#929 Joe Bergeron

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:08 PM

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

Details about music, etc., is best handled by PM's; so we can keep the thread on topic. :)

#931 Peter Gerland

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

Great Obs!! Thanks for inspiration.

this is my :

http://www.peges.de/...12.jpg 1200 800

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#932 Bart

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

Real happy with the dome, works great, a good value but wish I had ordered the Aluminum ring.

Larry


What ring are you talking about.

Thanks
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#933 zawijava

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:26 PM

Could someone tell me the who makes the Observatory seen in this Post?
thanks! -Tim

oops, thought the original picture would be copied here as part of the quote :shrug: Just click John's name in the Subject line, it will show the pic there. thanks again!-Tim

Frozen Tundra Observatory



#934 timwetherell

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:14 AM

That's a very interesting idea for an observatory roof opening - I'm in the process of designing an observatory right now and that's really piqued my interest. thanks so much for posting Stephen :D

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:49 AM

Here is mine ...

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Stephan that is exquisite! Doesn't look too complicated or expensive so I might just give it a go!

#936 PWP

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:30 AM

Here a link to some pictures of my build of a roll away observatory I bought on Amazon for under $500.

https://www.facebook...100000638365...

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

nice job indeed :waytogo:

Here a link to some pictures of my build of a roll away observatory I bought on Amazon for under $500.

https://www.facebook...100000638365...



#938 Bob Myler

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

Here a link to some pictures of my build of a roll away observatory I bought on Amazon for under $500.

https://www.facebook...100000638365...


WOW - I happen to own that exact same building. It's on our back deck and it holds mostly lawn chairs. And now that I've seen what you have done with it - our lawn chairs may be looking for a new home! :goodjob:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:34 AM

Thanks Bob. Let me know if you need to know where to get the parts such as the machine skates and the track rails if you want to mirror the build. Hint, Northern Tool and Lowes is your friend. :cloudy:

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:50 AM

I built mine in 2007, treated pine and exterior plywood, roll-off roof. I wouldn't use plywood again for the exterior, or at least not cheap stuff anyway.... outer ply has degraded somewhat, has remained structural, but a little unsightly, and in need of a repaint.....
I replaced the hinged end-flap with a 4mm thick rubber strip recently, as the ply was rotting.

You can have a look at a webpage I made back then for construction pics if you like.
http://astro.astrodo...bservatory.html

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#941 Lobo59

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:28 PM

Bart, sorry it took a month to reply! You can order the Explora Dome with an Aluminum ring that the dome rides on. One of the complaints of the ED system is the imperfections of how circular they are, ie they're not perfectly round. PolyDome came up with the aluminum ring to fix the issue. My dome turns fine, I needed to trim here and there to keep the dome retaining ring from rubbing while turning. I'm planning on remoting my setup and now see that having a dome with tighter tolerances would be better in the long haul. I operate in temps down to -10F and figure that I need the best setup I can get. I will say that I'm now able to remotely turn the dome with no problem, but the dome does tend to "wobble" as it's turning. I'm overall very happy with it!

Larry

#942 Dean Salman

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:16 PM

So I am new on Cloudy Nights. Here is my remote observatory located in east of Benson, AZ. Construction photos can be seen on my website.

Deep Sky Observatory

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#943 Agatha

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:56 PM

Dean,

Beautiful observatory. I noticed that your thermometer says 80 degrees. Sounds so nice.

And welcome to Cloudy Nights.

:jump:

Best, Linda B.

#944 SkyShed

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:35 AM

Thanks for your kind words Terry! Your 12'er is gorgeous. I considered the "barn door" style opening for POD MAX too.

Fiberglass is beautiful, but as you wrote, expensive.

CS!
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#945 tim53

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:39 AM

Dean:

Very nice work! Love your website, too!

-Tim.

#946 Jacques Venter

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:01 AM

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S.montanaro, I see you have added an additional "rubber" seal element on-top of the rotation guard. Could you please give us some details as to where you obtained it?

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#947 Megabusa

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:36 PM

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#949 elmiko

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:37 PM

Megabusa,that is an awesome observatory! My homeowners association would not allow me to build something that close to the property line. I,m thinking of putting a peir out in the middle of my yard. Enjoy that observatory.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:50 PM

Megabusa,that is an awesome observatory! My homeowners association would not allow me to build something that close to the property line. I,m thinking of putting a peir out in the middle of my yard. Enjoy that observatory.

Thank You it's a lot of fun






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