Tim Gilliland http://astrobin.com/users/Timgilliland/
Quote: I'd like to keep the scope setup to eliminate the assembly each time.
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
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AT6RC; C6R; 8" R200SS; 10" SNT; RV6; PST Vixen GP + Starbook-S Warped LXD55 G11 Gemini-1 & DSC Gone! HGM-200 Gemini-2 Orion Starshoot DSCI2; DFK 41AF02 Sky Commander 4 SkyShed POD XL3 14.5" f5 folded Newt Finished. Now in storage. Mount for 14.5" Portable obs on 7ftx16ft utility trailer wi 8ft dome Trailer Plans Approved, Jig Built! http://cleardarksky.com/c/MCAOobMDkey.html
Quote:Been talking with Pier Tech and researching their products. It's a great option. Just not sure it will do what I want it to do. I want to be inside the mobile observatory, protected from the elements, bugs and still be able to see and run the scope setup. I'm hearing from others it's a little tight if you plan on being in the trailer with it. That and not a lot of room for equipment, charts, books, computers, supplies, etc.After making this initial post I reached out to my brother who is a senior Engineer at GM. He's pretty high up and has a bunch of engineers, designers, drafters reporting to him. After explaining what I needed help with he is going to concept it for me and take care of it. He's got some engineers from Alcoa in on it too. These are all automotive types. They thought it would be a pretty easy project designing an isolation platform that is rock solid and a removable roof that are both totally automated.Anyway, I'm planning a large project that should be very unique when done. If it continues along like it is now I'm hoping to get started on it in the next few weeks. Cost isn't an issue, I'm much more concerned with getting a professional/scientific quality vehicle out of it that does some unique things.
"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
"Starman" Dan Doyle
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
Central Texas Astronomical Society
8" LX200GPS w/ST80 guidescope, Canon 350D+DSI Pro
150mm f/8 Sky Watcher Refractor
10" f/4.5 Homemade Dob RV-6 Criterion Dynascope http://www.darcstarobservatory.webs.com