Perry P. Event Horizon Observatory Moscow Mills MO:
Celestron C8 Advanced Series, Orion Nautilus 7 position Filter Wheel, JMI Motorized Focuser, Mallincam Xtreme (zero class chip), Meade DS2000 Milapse for DSLR with 497 controller, Coronado Solarmax II 60mm DS with 10mm blocking filter, LXD75 mount, 497 controller, Imaging Source DMK41AU02.as, QHY5L-II-C
Quote:I like that people of questionable morals think its a tool shed, and doesnt house thousands of dollars worth of gear
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
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:Actually, if I may be so bold, it makes me think of disguising a telescope cover as an outhouse. Sure to limit break-in attempts. -Rich
Andy Miller 12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon) Celestron C102 HD " Carl" Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope" Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott" 60mm Telescope Club
Quote:I see two possible issues with the mini observatory....The first is the concrete pad....that puppy will radiate heat for a while createing localized seeing issues, of course as soon it cools down itll be fine.Maybe spray it with cool water out of a hose to minimize this???The second is it is taller than it is wide, making it inherently top heavy.I know you said the parts have been wind tested , but Id suggest some sort of tie downs ,when its in the stored position.Ive seen several observatorys with larger foot prints be destroyed by straight line winds.Other wise I love the design and idea
Quote:So, all you really need to do is get busy on automation!-Rich
Quote:Nice, I may do something similar shed wise with my deck OBS that I am planning.
Do you lock it down when closed up any way to the foundation or is the shed heavy enough with it also tight on the pier?
Quote:Nice, I may do something similar shed wise with my deck OBS that I am planning.http://bufordexchange.com/members/mikesastro/CameraOBSplacement.html
SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90 RAPTOR MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar EYEPIECES:31T5;D14;D8;P20;P25;P32;TMB9 The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
I like your roll off shed idea and I'm thinking of ways I might incorporate it on my deck. I have a 10' x 14' deck with a wood pier in the middle of it.
I have a couple of questions...
1) Have you found the Keter 4x6 to be weather tight or have you needed to do additional sealing to make it so?
2) Did you order the Northern Machine Skates with the dogs or were those obtained somewhere else?
I think I know the answer to this, but the black flooring I see in your pictures looks like the floor that comes with the shed. Did you lay down an additional subfloor?
3) Did you block some of your horizon out because of the proximity of the shed to your mount?
4) What is the height of the door frame? I have a fairly tall mount and telescope setup and I'm wondering if it will clear the door when it's in home position.
My main concern with my possible implementation would be that I won't be able to move the 4x6 shed back far enough to amply clear the mount and telescope. In your research did you come across any sheds that were 4x4' and similar to the 4x6?
Thanks! I really like your setup!
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
Quote:Perry, how do you plan on dealing with heat build up on those hot DFW summer days? I live south of Houston and would like to do something similar but the heat and humidity is a worry for me. Humidity can wreck havoc with the electronics.
Quote:Well, I picked up the 6x3 model at Sears today. They had one for $379 and it looks nearly dentical to the Keter units. We will see how it goes!Patrick