"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
Quote:... Wonder where the septic will fit?
Quote: Another idea I just thought of would be to put the observatory on the east side instead of the garage, and put both the cabin and garage on the west side. Hm...
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob.
Meade LX200 10" f/6.3 Classic
Celestron Nexstar 8SE
Celestron 90mm Mak
Meade 90mm f/8.8 Refractor
Celestron CR-150-HD6 ,6" f/8 Refractor
TASCO 60MM X 900 MM Refractor (My first scope that my wife gave to me for Christmas in '91 , still have it.
Celestron CG5 Advanced Mount
Celestron Bino Viewer
Orange Zone 10'X12' Roll Off Roof Observatory Southeast, South Dakota
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....
SteveCarpe NoctemBushnell 10x50 Seymour solarized binoculars.Bushnell 12x32 moon and terrestrial binoculars.Celestron: 102-GT Refractor OTA on a CG-4 GEMAstro-Tech Value Plössl 32mm, 20mmZhumell Z series 14.5mm, 9mm, 5mm+42° 18' 37.39", -122° 52' 3.76"
Never argue with a fool.Onlookers often can't tell the difference.
Reality pulls a good vacuum!
Our architect acquaintance is going to be too expensive for us. But she did some calling around and got some information that I SHOULD HAVE gotten myself, before I started this project.
Most important thing I should have known, but didn't, is that on vacant residential rural lots you can't build secondary structures before a primary residence is in place. So, we were going to build a version of the Backyard Observatory custom RORs with included apartment space. And that was fine and dandy until the pre-inspector didn't like that it was going to be close to the N edge of the pad near the wash. So, we could move it, but then it cuts into the area where were hoping to build a cabin someday.
So, the architect thought maybe we should just build the cabin from the get-go, and she'd help us design a moving roof section over one of the rooms where the scope would live... ...and the price went WAY up accordingly. So, I called a guy who'd drafted up the plans for my neighbor's house, and was quoted $1/sq ft for plans. Sounds good, but I then need an engineer to make them ready for approval with the county. He also gave me a local builder's number. Long story short, it would cost me $150/sq ft for him to build something for me, so I'm going to have to 'owner-builder' this myself if I'm going to do anything at all. This is what my concrete guy (who builds the GMARS observatories) has been telling me all along. I just didn't/don't have the education to go forward, yet. So, I've got to educate myself.
From what I've learned so far, it's going to be really hard to keep within my very limited budget I've allocated for the observatory, since I need to build living space at the same time (minimum sqft for San Berdoo Co = 725). And the best advice I've read from owner-builders online is to build something simple and resist temptation to gussy it up. 725 sq ft is a nice, small cabin size. Not too much to maintain (heat and cool, especially), but big enough to make for a comfy vacation cabin.
So, here's what I've decided. I'll build a cabin where we planned to eventually put one anyway, and build a 120 sq ft observatory (not requring a permit) where we planned to put one anyway. Starting with the cabin, but probably pouring the pad for the observatory at the same time.
I had been concerned about having to complete all the work within too short a time for my weekend and occasional weeks off "schedule", but it looks like owner-builders can get extensions on the Co inspections for up to 5 years. I'm pretty sure I'll either be done or dead long before then!
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.
Have you considered a mobile obs like below?
Binoculars: Astro-physics 10.5x70;
Telescope: Explore Scientific 102mm F7 APO CF
Mount: Celestron VX; EP: ES 82 Degree 8.8,18,24Canon T3i
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