Post a pic. of your observatory!
Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:40 PM
Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:58 PM
Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:01 PM
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
Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:26 PM
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:38 AM
Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:31 PM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 01:25 AM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:13 PM
Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:21 PM
That is one interesting looking design. Do you have other pics?
Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:18 PM
Very nice indeed!
Could you please provide some more pics?
Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:22 PM
I would be interested in the build process.
Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:06 PM
Looks like the plane crashed!
Here is mine taken from a plane above. I cropped same.
Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:46 AM
Posted 01 January 2014 - 07:00 PM
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.
Posted 01 January 2014 - 09:45 PM
Posted 01 January 2014 - 10:13 PM
Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:34 PM
Only having to clean it off to use it. Not much of a problem though.
Posted 02 January 2014 - 05:46 PM
Posted 02 January 2014 - 06:11 PM
The lights at the base were just a wild hair idea that came up when I new there would be a gap.