Black Creek Observatory C11 EdgeHD C8 AT6RC Eon80mmED
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AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
C14-XLT & AP 900GTO
Quote: The thought that I may have to tear it down one day is keeping me from really being happy with the completion. If I every did have to do that, it would wrap me up from continuing the hobby. I guess I'll have to get over it.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob
Quote:Karen, I'm afraid I was too vague. All those option are no longer open to me as the Observatory is now complete. Just crying over spilled milk here.....What brought this on is the fact that the OB turned out nicer than planned ( and much, much more expensive.) The thought that I may have to tear it down one day is keeping me from really being happy with the completion. If I every did have to do that, it would wrap me up from continuing the hobby.I guess I'll have to get over it.
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....
Quote:A a "good citizen" I understand why the process is in place. It will hopefully prevent the building of unsafe structures ...
Quote: Most of us like our privacy, hate the chance of increasing our property taxes and resent paying fees that seem excessive for a space to enjoy a hobby.
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: I resent having to spend thousands of dollars at the whim of some town official that is apparently out of control, answers to no one and can do whatever he pleases.
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.
Quote: Someone hired or appointed him, since you had to hire an attorney anyway; might it not be the time to take this up with the town officials, perhaps with a news reporter sitting in? Everyone has to answer to someone; it just may not be obvious, who that is.
Quote:One cannot stop enjoying things because of what "might" happen down the road. Enjoy your observatory to the fullest now, while you are healthy and have the time. If something has to be done in the future, work with it, & don't give up.
Bruce Vixen Visac VC200L AT65EDQ CGEM DX - hypertuned by Deep Space Products Atik 460EX mono w/EFW2 Astrodon Gen2 LRGB Astrodon 3nm Ha,OIII & SII Canon 500D (Gary Honis modified) Point Grey Chameleon (mono) Orion SSAG Ibuprofen Meadowlark Ridge Observatory http://www.flickr.com/photos/o...s/72157628590128971/
7x35 and 10x50 sears tower binocs, 3" f/10 edmunds reflector, 2.4" f/11.7 manon refractor, 6" f/8 jaegers refractor, 10" f/11 R30 Istar refractor, 3" f/15.8 sans&streiffe refractor, 3.1" f/15 selsi refractor(towa 339), 2.4" f/15 sears refractor, selsi 30x30mm spyglass, criterion 5-draw 25x45x75x spyglass(1957), 4.25" f/14.8 tasco 20te.http://cleardarksky.com/c/OmahaNEkey.html
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)
m1OASYS automation system
Quote:Bad advice. Florida actually has hurricanes.
I do not live in a hurricane prWhen it's three days out from a storm, it's too late to get reinforced and permitted. I used to live on the Gulf coast- my home took ten feet of water in Katrina 4 months after I moved to Tucson. Don't blow this off as an arcane legal issue- it isn't.
Quote:How many backyard observatories have been through catagory 3 or greater hurricanes?-Rich
Quote:How many backyard observatories have been through catagory 3 or greater hurricanes?
CG5ASGT Astro-Tech AT6RC Zhumell 10 inch dob deluxe kit 10x12 observatory Echo Astronomy maker of Custom bahtinov masks and Duncan collimation masks.
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
Quote:A concern I have is that some smaller observatories that are built on top of concrete blocks or pads, the whole building could blow away in a big enough wind. Probably the scope pier would keep one in place, but something to think about, particularly with small structures. Mine, being small, relatively light weight, and in an open field, has four smaller concrete footing piers in the corners that it is bolted to, so wind won't get under it and lift it.Russ
Meade 8" LX90 GPS on a CGEM Meade 10" LX200R on a MI-250 Takahashi FS-102 Orion ST120 ETX-125 De-Forked StellarVue SV80ED(Blue)and F50M2 Finder Scope SBIG ST-4000XCM, DSI ProII, DSI III
12.5 " F5.6 Homemade Dob , mirror ground and figured by myself 10 " F4.0 LXD55 Meade 6" F8 Homemade Dob , mirror ground and figured by myself , Sears 60mm x 900mm Refractor
Quote: Anyway, I said what the hell, bought the last of the materials I needed, and completed the observatory today. All is complete except carpeting. In a couple weeks I will be posting a pictorial tour of the completed restoration, and you will then see why I have been bummed about have it demolished. It truly is a dream setup for me....
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:There is no part of Florida not prone to hurricanes; just a few spots they haven't laid waste to recently. The house I had destroyed in Katrina had been high, dry, and undamaged since 1937, was above sea level, and surrounded by trees, some of which had been there for a century and survived 85mph winds. They got blown over and the brick house got moved off its foundation. 10' of water finished the job. 70 mph winds aren't hurricane force, and are fairly commonly experienced just about everywhere. But I see complacency, too, is a force of nature. It'll be a little late to get squared away when you're ordered to evacuate. But you had better believe you neighbors' insurance adjuster will ask them, "Do you know of a nearby building this piece we found in your living room came from?"Good luck. You're leaning a whole lot more on it than I've been able to. -Rich