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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   0 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 Yesterday, 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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