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#1076 Deep13

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:18 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.

what are the walls made from?



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

AN OBSERVATORY I COULD AFFORD
After more than a few hours on the internet, and and reading Chanan Greenberg’s article:  (http://www.aanc-astr...lOffRoofObs.pdf),
I decided the Arrow Newport 10 ft. x 8 ft. Steel Shed would be appropriate for my purpose.  It’s low profile roof is light, and the cost–from Home Depot–is attractive.  The Arrow shed (with the addition of an interior wood frame) could hold both my Meade LX200 Maksutov and my Celestron EdgeHD 1100 on steel piers, and still leave plenty of space for accouterments.

With the exception of having very patient wife, Terry, occasionally lend a hand to hold a measuring tape or an inaccessible fastener, I put the whole thing together with the help of a dozen Irwin clamps and a few hand tools.

Not including my time or sales tax, the observatory building alone cost me $1,299.59 with the electrical installation adding $135.07.  I am planning to paint the roof white (Henry 287 Solar-flex) which will add another $30.  New Mexico gained $114.24 in the process.

Would I do this again? Probably. The thousand-plus screws and bolts notwithstanding, assembly just took time, a drill and an ice pick. The manufacturer’s instructions are adequate and clear–available on the Home Depot site if you’re interested.  No unusual problems to solve. 
Here in the desert our average annual rainfall seldom exceeds nine inches (9") and lately it’s been less.  On a sunny day the building is an oven (therefore, the white roof), but when it rains, it leaks.  The roof isn’t the problem; water leaks through the side panel’s overlaps and at the panels’ base.  Between the Henry 208R Rubberized Wet Patch and several tubes of silicone caulk, I think I have the leaks plugged. The ubiquitous dust is another problem, but the cover shells Terry made for each ‘scope minimize the dust on the instruments.

Finally, I mention this to prove that an individual with limited resources (and a bunch of Irwin clamps) can build an adequate observatory enclosure.  If questions occur, my email address is freenergynm@gmail.com.

 



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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:28 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.

what are the walls made from?

 

The walls are silver tarp material.  

I am looking forward to using mine at Okie-Tex next month.  Winds at Okie-Tex 2006 and 2007 is the reason I built the first one in 2008. "Don't leave home without it" (o:

Attached File  Moonlight Manor at RMSS 2014.JPG   153.03KB   38 downloads  Here it is at RMSS 2014.

 

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#1079 Charles Baetsen

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:38 AM

Here is my latest incarnation of my observatory.  I built a new lightweight aluminum dome which replaced my original masonite one that I built 11 years ago.

 

 

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 05:09 PM

That's a very clever design, Charles. Do you have any interior shots?

Michael



#1081 Charles Baetsen

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:21 PM

Here is a photo of the dome skeleton as it was being constructed.  

 

 

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I made individual struts out of 3mm baltic birch and 1x2 pine.  

 

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It was formed using a jig I made up.  

 

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#1082 Charles Baetsen

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:24 PM

Here is a shot of the warm up room.

 

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Here is  a shot of inside (the previous) dome.  

 

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 07:41 AM

Very nice work, Charles. You are obviously a skilled woodworker. Love that old radio!

Michael


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Posted 15 September 2014 - 09:28 AM

Hi Charles,

Beautiful work! How did you get the dome base ring round, is there metal to retain it?

Dave



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 06:32 AM

Really, really nice dome framework!!!!  I like a lot the heavy-duty drawer slides for the moveable panels.

 

Well done, Charles!


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 10:22 PM

I have finally got a new website up and running.  I have posted plans for this dome, and the previous wooden dome I made in 2003.  

http://va3ngc.weebly...bservatory.html



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 01:17 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.

what are the walls made from?

 

The walls are silver tarp material.  

I am looking forward to using mine at Okie-Tex next month.  Winds at Okie-Tex 2006 and 2007 is the reason I built the first one in 2008. "Don't leave home without it" (o:

attachicon.gifMoonlight Manor at RMSS 2014.JPG  Here it is at RMSS 2014.

 

John

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I'm using John's SkyBox, too. It's great!



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 03:43 PM

My ROR observatory is a bit different than most, being designed to allow for the entire upper 35% of the structure to roll back out of the way leaving my 16-inch Dob with an almost totally unrestricted view of the entire heavens. Since my major observing interests are comets and variable stars this arrangement allows for observing objects for the longest possible duration, i.e. comets until very near the horizons and variable stars from their first seasonal rising in the east until they become lost to the evening twilight some 9-10 months later. This telephoto shot is a bit deceptive as the trees in the scene are actually about 200' behind the observatory although the telephoto makes them look much closer.

 

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 05:17 PM

My humble tele-abode.

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Posted 10 October 2014 - 09:35 PM

My humble tele-abode.

Excellent! 

 

Looks Zombie-proof too!

 

Is that a Novak mount under the blue tarp?

 

Don :usa:



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 06:29 AM

Yes, sometimes I use it with a 6" for solar observing.  See my post:  http://www.cloudynig...ad-mount-build/



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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:26 AM

Talpa Minor Observatory.

 

Talpa Minor is latin for little mole, a widely known character by a Czech author, Zdenek Miler. In one of the episodes he even built a rocket to go to the space, and guess what: in 2011 he really went to space onboard Endeavour during the mission STS-134.

 

The observatory got its name because apart from the dome, it's an underground object. The 12.5' all-steel homemade dome sits on 3 feet of concrete wall, and the warm room is also underground except for the upmost 1 foot and the roof of course. On this picture the warm room is on the left. The dome is accessible through the warm room, so you actually have to go downstairs to get into the dome. The ground around the dome walls has a great effect on thermal balancing.

 

The dome is decorated with the characters and scenery from the series: the mole (Krtek in original), plants, flowers, mushrooms, etc. The slit can be used for a little animation: by opening and closing the two halves, it looks as if the little mole is chasing the butterfly.

 

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 07:11 PM

My Old ROR Box in Cutler Ridge, Florida, maybe 1978.  It started off only 5" high with a D8 then C8 and then 12.5" f/30 Cass and then 12.5" f/7 Newt

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 10:08 AM

Our 15’x15’ ROR at the USNO Time Service Station south of Miami Florida (1996).

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 11:01 AM

Talpa Minor Observatory.

 

Talpa Minor is latin for little mole, a widely known character by a Czech author, Zdenek Miler. In one of the episodes he even built a rocket to go to the space, and guess what: in 2011 he really went to space onboard Endeavour during the mission STS-134.

 

The observatory got its name because apart from the dome, it's an underground object. The 12.5' all-steel homemade dome sits on 3 feet of concrete wall, and the warm room is also underground except for the upmost 1 foot and the roof of course. On this picture the warm room is on the left. The dome is accessible through the warm room, so you actually have to go downstairs to get into the dome. The ground around the dome walls has a great effect on thermal balancing.

 

The dome is decorated with the characters and scenery from the series: the mole (Krtek in original), plants, flowers, mushrooms, etc. The slit can be used for a little animation: by opening and closing the two halves, it looks as if the little mole is chasing the butterfly.

 

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I love it! Great artwork.



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 08:27 PM

My newly completed ROR observatory.  Based on a design by Scott at BYO, I built it over the last 9 months with a lot of help from an experienced carpenter friend.  It is 16'X14', and heated / cooled with a mini-split heat pump system.   Unfortunately the weather here in the Philadelphia area has not been cooperating!

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 05:07 AM

You've got everything there except a white picket fence!  It really looks like a little house!

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 06:22 AM

Very nice!  Something about that photo makes the whole thing look like a miniature.  Like I could reach in and pick it up with my hand, open the door, and find Ken and Barbie inside. :lol:

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 08:25 AM

Very nice!  Something about that photo makes the whole thing look like a miniature.  Like I could reach in and pick it up with my hand, open the door, and find Ken and Barbie inside. :lol:

 

-Dan

Nooooo, your wrong there Dan. I don't ever remember Ken and Barbie having a telescope.  :lol:

 

That's a lovely looking observatory Steve. Hope it gives you as much joy as ours give us.

 

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 09:45 AM

Thanks for the kind words guys.  I decided to finish the interior walls, floor and ceiling, so it really is like a little house.  No running water though :)   Here is an inside pic:

 

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