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Raginar
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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5221172 - 05/14/12 12:32 AM

And another angle of the scope on the pier.


Untitled by mads0100, on Flickr

I think the biggest thing I was surprised about is how effective wood is as a pier. The 6x6 has remained true and dampens out any vibrations quickly. It has some movement when you slew the mount around, but it's quickly removed and there isn't any issues during AP.

Here is my best example so far: my focus is a bit soft but there are round stars! The biggest change I've made hardware wise is a lode star guider... it made a HUGE difference between binning/better CCD chip.



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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5221365 - 05/14/12 06:55 AM

Looking good

The color theme sure does pop out of the surrounding though!


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5221405 - 05/14/12 07:46 AM

Very nice result.

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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Starman27]
      #5221640 - 05/14/12 10:46 AM

Thanks Himli/Herman!

The colors do pop out a bit . Most people seem to match their house, but since my house is grey... I wanted something a little more interesting in the backyard.

How's your roof obs coming?


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5221780 - 05/14/12 12:07 PM

The roof obs is very fast, but after 5 years of waiting, I'm finding it hard to wait 1 week!

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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5223335 - 05/15/12 10:56 AM

I felt the same way. It'll be worth the wait!

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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5223406 - 05/15/12 11:49 AM

Chris,

Congrat's on your observatory, I agree with what David said about it being some of the best $ spent for hobby -especially for imaging. Doesn't change everything but it sure changes a lot of things that make a huge difference as you already noted. Looks great by the way - you do good work Looking forward to your imaging from the new 'astro-hangar'. Am curious as to what/ how you based decision on the wall height? Thanks for the great thread / images here.


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5225080 - 05/16/12 12:58 PM

Hey Jim,

Thanks! I can't wait to produce some quality photos too. I'm still learning but I'm happy with the progression from where I started and where I'm at now. I figure it'll get easier and easier as I try new things. The obs at least allows me to have a consistent platform every night!

Astro-hangar, that's awesome! I hadn't thought of that one. I like it .

My walls were based on the plans; my neighbor and I (he's a carpenter, not into astro) went back and forth on the wall height. He suggested making them higher so that I could walk in without the distraction of almost hitting my head (6' 5" or so). I decided to go with how the Sky Shed plans were out of simplicity. I didn't want to make a change and have it ripple through the plans as I was building things! What I found? it doesn't matter. Since the Sky Shed design relies on the gables and the runners to keep the roof straight so it's fairly open on the inside. If I'd decided to run 2x4s across the runners to strengthen to roof, I would've had a need to increase the wall height.

One other consideration is how much of the sky do you want to see. I can see down to about 20 degrees in the E-S-W. The N is obviously a little more worse (40 degrees) due to the roof. So, the lower walls have other advantages as well.

Glad you enjoyed the pictures. This was a wonderful project and I'm glad my wife let me do it. I enjoy DIY around the house and this was definitely the biggest project I'd tackled so far. It gave me a reason to buy some new tools an learn some new tricks! Cutting 22.5 degrees is ridiculous... biggest suggestion is to buy your gable ends pre-made. They have them at Menards and for 35 bucks a piece, it was the best money I spent .

GL, feel free to PM if you have any other questions.

Chris


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5260891 - 06/07/12 09:53 PM

I really enjoyed viewing your show, and chatting finally! It was a really great time! Your Bone-Yard is fantastic!

Andy


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: budman1961]
      #5261534 - 06/08/12 08:54 AM

Thanks man, it was fun sharing the sun at the same time. The cool part was getting two different views between my ED80 and your LX200 .

Mallincam is doing well it seems, glad you're reallly getting it done.


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5261662 - 06/08/12 10:30 AM

Chris,

Very interesting thread. Nice job on the build. Question: how did you install the wood pier? Did you use cement to anchor it?

Thanks
Bart


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Bart]
      #5264538 - 06/10/12 10:56 AM

Hey Bart,

Yea, my pier is very simple. Just the straightest 6x6x6' post I could find at Menards and 2 bags of 'post' concrete. I dug the hole about 36" down, put the post in, poured the post concrete around it, and started to wet/mix it in the hole per the manufacturers instructions. 24 hours later she was straight as an arrow.

The best part? The post hasn't warped at all. I dunno why/how, but It's still the straightest piece of lumber I bought for this project .


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5300445 - 07/03/12 10:35 AM



Update to the obs. My mom decided she didn't need a C5 for birding and passed it on to me. I decided to throw it on the CGEM and see what I could do with it. Thankfully I still had some of my AP accessories so it was a pretty easy go of it. It's really improved my CGEM's ability to take good images.. Apparently the AT8IN was a little heavy for my particular CGEM.

Best example so far:


CS!


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5672175 - 02/10/13 11:29 AM

Updated picture with my new equipment. An MI-250 makes a wonderful observatory mount. In addition, I upgraded the ED80 with a moonlight focuser and bought an SBIG ST-10XME for AP.


New mount and camera by mads0100, on Flickr


DSC_2272 by mads0100, on Flickr

The Bone Yard. by mads0100, on Flickr
Results:


Not bad for 60 minutes of data!


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5672547 - 02/10/13 03:13 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

When you said Bone Yard, I thought you might be thinking of this...

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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: EddWen]
      #5672576 - 02/10/13 03:45 PM

Looks like a rock solid setup. The MI250 is wonderful mount.

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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Starman27]
      #5673064 - 02/10/13 09:00 PM

Thanks Herman, it's working really well so far.

Edd, that's where it comes from. And, from our beauties down the road. If the weather is right, they come over my house.


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5699992 - 02/25/13 02:56 PM

Looks pretty sweet Chris...nice job! The staining really made it look sharp and it weatherproofs it as well.

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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: PWP]
      #5709845 - 03/03/13 01:39 AM

PWP,
Thanks! It matches the surroundings pretty well. I've really enjoyed having a shed for all my stuff. Clear skies!


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Re: The Bone Yard new [Re: Raginar]
      #5710467 - 03/03/13 11:36 AM

Just saw your recent image of M42 taken with this rig. Outstanding!

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