David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob 66mm WO SD AT 65EDQ APO Refractor Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount iOptron ZEQ25 mount Canon 60Da
Indiana for a three more weeks...
14.5" Teeter w/ Richard Fagin mirror, TT #66
EON 120ED on CG-5 ASGT
Lunt LS60THa/B1200 Sky Guy Porta II
Denk Super System with A45 OCS
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:Nice, Dave! I've purchased a pod and will be getting it this summer, so I'm very interested in this. I'm not as tall as you and probably not as inflexible (although I'm a lot less flexible than I used to be!), but I'm still thinking that a few extra inches of height would be nice. If I decide to do something like this I need to make plans now because I'm putting in the pier first and need to get it to the right height.Some questions. Do you plan to do anything to support the bays? I will put some wood base under them especially when I have shelves in them. What did you use for the diameter (inner and outer) of the plinth? It seems like you got that information ahead of time since you built the plinth before the pod arrived. The exact dimensions are on the Sky Shed Pod website. Is there anything holding the plinth segments to each other, or are they just bolted to the base? They are only bolted to the 24"x24" concrete patio slabs. Any thoughts on what you'd do differently with the plinth if you had to do it over again? I have had trouble making the plinth level. There is a variance, high spots to low spots, of about 1/2" which are entirely due to the patio stones which are a #$^$%&^ to move around and level. If I had a second chance I would consider a wooden form and poured concrete for the plinth. But how much $ ? Thanks!-Dan