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#1001 CCD-Freak

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:40 PM

Since I live in the north side of the Dallas / Ft Worth light bubble my observatory is mobile. I call it the Skybox. It is 8' x 8' with a 6' high wall and makes observing and imaging so much more comfortable in cold weather.

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

Here is another picture showing the scope inside.

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:32 PM

Looks great. :)

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:01 PM

Hi,

Here is my observatory of eight years or should I say (A)bservatory since it's A-frame shaped. I bet you never saw one like this before. It sort of feels like I'm sitting inside an Aztec pyramid when I'm observing and imaging the planets. The cost was $250 and it took two days to build. The base is 7.5' by 7.5' with a height of 8.5', it is constructed of 2 by 4's, 2 by 2's and 4'x8'x 1/2" aluminum faced insulated sheathing. The entire observatory can be rotated easily from inside thanks to five rubber caster wheels attached to its 2 by 4 base, the clear light allowing entrance door is on the far side, not pictured. Behind the observatory is my heated planetary imaging building. This pyramid or A-frame structure can be rolled anywhere in the yard or even down the street for observing in a neighbors yard. When not in use I have all four corners tied down so it doesn't blow away in a storm, I've been inside it with the corners untied and winds gusting to 30 mph and it doesn't move. The observatory opening is 28" wide and covered with a removable top and two smaller front panels. I designed the observatory to house fork mounted SCT's up to 14 inches in aperture and on a permanent pier. The structure can be rolled away without having to remove the telescope, this comes in handy when I want to observe the ISS or just feel like sitting under a warm summer sky and slewing the scope among dozens of DSO's, I like observing planetary nebulas and globular clusters at high power through my binoviewer.

Thanks and take it easy.

Clear skies, Dan :)

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:26 PM

I think you get first prize for innovative design and ease of use. Nice job!
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Posted 21 December 2013 - 04:19 PM

I like it!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:19 AM

Here is a picture of my almost complete Explora-Dome.I still have a little interior work to complete, but we saw first light Thanksgiving eve, and very little since due to weather. It is a 10' X 10' wood building with modified support structure of my design. It has been quite an experience, and I am considering starting a new thread to document the saga, if anyone is interested. I wish everyone a very Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:38 AM

Love to see a documentary. Some day I may have to move and redo my setup. ;) Mike

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:31 PM

As gizmo oriented as this place is, we'd love to see some pictures or videos of the process. Looks terrific!!

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:25 AM

Wanted to share my favorite pic of mine.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:13 PM

Here is mine taken from a plane above. I cropped same.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:21 PM

Dale,
That is one interesting looking design. Do you have other pics?
Michael :bow:

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:18 PM

Dale,

Very nice indeed!
Could you please provide some more pics?

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:22 PM

Jack,

Excellent execution.
I would be interested in the build process.

Merry Christmas

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:06 PM

Here is mine taken from a plane above. I cropped same.

Looks like the plane crashed! :lol:

#1016 dale wilson

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:25 AM

Thanks guys.
Heres a couple more

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:46 AM

Dale, your last pics didn't post. Did you have a thread on your very unique observatory? If not, perhaps start one, so we can see more of it! :)

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 07:00 PM

Sorry, I'll try again
The roof is motorized and slides well.
The left door is to the control room, then enters the scope bay. It is equipped with a built in desk, stereo, dvd and 5.1 surround speakers in the scope bay.
The right side was the old observatory and is now storage.

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:45 PM

A very keen sense of perspective with nice symetry. :waytogo: Mike

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 10:13 PM

Wow, did you post a thread about the build or maybe a website with more details? I'd love to see more pics of your Obs.
Very cool!

#1021 dale wilson

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:55 PM

https://www.dropbox....k56e/hjd3HsN_Tr

I have posted the entire photo shoot of the remodel on Dropbox. I'm new in this so I hope this link gets you there.
Thanks. It was fun to do.


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Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:54 PM

Dale, is snow a problem?
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:34 PM

Michael,

Only having to clean it off to use it. Not much of a problem though.

Dale

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:46 PM

Interesting that you carried the hexagon theme through to the base of the pier. And I love the hexagonal red lighting at the bottom! Was there a practical reason for the hexagons or was it just an esthetic choice?
-Dan

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Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:11 PM

Dan,

Thanks.
The lights at the base were just a wild hair idea that came up when I new there would be a gap.

Dale






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