God's Guidance An Understanding Wife - PRICELESS!!
Lots of help from reading "Cloudy Nights" posts,
and Lots of Patience learned over time...
Sky Dancer Observatory Sky Chart
Quote:Everything is looking AWESOME!I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind.1. How will you "lock" the dome so that it doesn't move on it's own in the breeze?2. How will you vent the heat build up? (Manually or electronically operated vents of some sort near the top of the dome?)3. Being that the observatory is metal, are you planning for lightning protection in some way? A lightening rod or rods of some sort?4. How are you planning to prevent or minimize "sweating" condensation on the inside of the dome? (I'm assuming that the dome will be covered by metal sheeting.)
Remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
I don't know how old I was when I was one.
Quote:.... Getting sheets to bend on two axis [sic] has proven difficult....
Quote:Quote:.... Getting sheets to bend on two axis [sic] has proven difficult.... Time to treat yourself to an English wheel? <g>What's that?dan k.
Quote:The English wheel is the traditional tool of choice for forming compound curves in metal, i.e. curves in two directions: Wiki link The good news is that it doesn't have a motor and is fairly inexpensive because of its simple construction.The bad news is that it takes a while to master the technique.dan k.
Quote:Let it not be said that I have not spent blood on this observatory! Nearly dropped the door from the top of the dome today, caught it mid-slide but managed to run my forearm down the edge of the sheet-metal. Saved the door, lost some blood. 1. Interesting seeing the muscle under that many layers of skin.2. Stitching it up, a couple more to go. Good as new and back to work!
Black Creek Observatory C11 EdgeHD C8 AT6RC Eon80mmED
CG5ASGT Astro-Tech AT6RC Zhumell 10 inch dob deluxe kit 10x12 observatory Echo Astronomy maker of Custom bahtinov masks and Duncan collimation masks.
Enjoy the sky,
8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Scopes: 12.5" Dob w/Lightholder mirror, Astro Tech AT8RC, TPO 8" Imaging Newt, Intes MK-67 Deluxe, Tak FS-60CB, Tasco 10TE, Coronado PST
Scopes - 10" Meade LX200, Coronado 90mm, Vixen ED103, Orion 80mm Guide Mount - AP1600GTO Std (Encoders.... someday) Cameras - Atik 320E, Atik 314L+, Atik Titan, Mallincam Xtreme X2, Skyris 274M, Orion StarShooter, Canon 7D Instruments - L200 Spectrometer (300,600,1200 gratings), SA100 Diffraction Filters - LRGB,OIII,SII,Ha; J/C UV,B,V,Ic,Rc Way too many computers....