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bloodhound31
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ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!!
      #5317003 - 07/14/12 04:55 AM

Finally!!!

Wowee, the plan is coming together! A while back I sent my design concept and dimensions to a building engineer. A couple of weeks ago I received the engineer drawings for the structural support. The drawings look fantastic, hi-tech and very professional. And get this, the awesome guy did it for free! Last week I started buying steel and cutting, drilling, welding and assembling.

The very next day, I got a message from a company called Diversified Computing and Consulting. They have very generously donated $500 to get the observatory started and have pledged $500 every month for the next six months! Wow! I am blown away and was really lost for words. Such generosity is rare and I am sure that future patrons of this resource will be very grateful. I know I am!

I also got a $100 donation from a troop-commander of mine from my army days, two astronomy mates, a church friend, plus a pledge at tax time from my insurance broker! There’s a long way to go, but all this certainly helps! At any rate, it gets it all moving and that’s often the hardest part.

This week I have bought the bearers and cut them to size, cut the support studs and cut and drilled all the joining brackets. The welder is coming tomorrow to weld all the brackets on then I can start bolting it and erecting it!! WOOOHHOOO!!

To keep up with progress,Here's a link to the project.

Link



(none-working link changed by Moderator)



Edited by csa/montana (07/19/12 09:40 AM)


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Starman27
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5317084 - 07/14/12 08:24 AM

Outstanding! I will definitly watch your progress. This looks like an innovative build. Are there any special conditions that require this construction approach?

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Starman27]
      #5317404 - 07/14/12 12:45 PM

Thanks mate. What do you mean by conditions?

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Starman27
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5317745 - 07/14/12 04:21 PM

Are therer climate or soil conditions that would be mitigated by your design. It's a great design. I was just wondering if you were dealing with anything special.

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Starman27]
      #5318296 - 07/15/12 12:37 AM

Ah I see. No, nothing special. I live surrounded by houses and trees, so the ones I can't trim down I have to get above. Hence the raised dome platform, while the room below gives me functionality of office space and reduction of obstructions and trip hazards in the room above.

Baz.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5324543 - 07/19/12 07:43 AM

Slowly getting little bits done at a time now. I only get about an hour of daylight after work at the moment, so it's frantic activity the moment I get out of the car.

Progress so far.


Edited by Chris Erickson (07/19/12 02:01 PM)


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5329503 - 07/22/12 09:45 AM

WOOHOO! The Bearers are up! It took a few hours today and into the night, but the hardest part (heaviest) is done!

link

Edited by csa/montana (07/22/12 10:30 AM)


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5329531 - 07/22/12 09:57 AM

Congrats. Looking very good

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5329573 - 07/22/12 10:39 AM

Wonderful progress. What a beautiful sky!

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Starman27]
      #5339816 - 07/28/12 10:54 AM

It doesn't look like much, but I got a heap done today on the observatory. Tomorrow all the studs go up. I thought I would jump in the photo and stand still for 30 seconds tonight to give a sense of scale. (I'm 6'2)



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csa/montana
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5339937 - 07/28/12 12:00 PM

Now, that is impressive!

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5341189 - 07/29/12 06:12 AM

Very impressive. Great build.

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: JoeT6571]
      #5341308 - 07/29/12 08:51 AM

This weekend was a marathon of time available for building. By doing some extra cash work after hours and with help from some awesome people and generous givers, I managed to get together enough funding to buy the wall-framing.

[URL="http://asignobservatoryii.com/observatoryconstruction.htm"]Click here for construction update.[/URL]

[COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"][I]Below: Studs in place - with some minor plumbing (vertical alignment) to be done on each before they are screwed to the flexi-track top and bottom.[/I][/COLOR]





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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5347812 - 08/01/12 10:20 PM

My apologies for the code going funny on my posts. I'm not sure what's happening here, because they seem to work when I post, but a day or so later they all revert to code again... what gives?

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5347874 - 08/01/12 10:52 PM

If you follow the instructions I gave you in a PM, I'm sure your links will work just fine.

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5348433 - 08/02/12 10:03 AM

I've tried to do that, but I get this... "This post can no longer be edited because the maximum edit time has expired"

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5348471 - 08/02/12 10:23 AM

Going back to edit older posts that the 72hr time has expired will give you this message. However, if you will use the instructions on new links, I think you will find it quite easy.

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5354240 - 08/06/12 03:50 AM

Article in the Canberra Times this morning, page three.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/sharing-the-wonders-of-the-universe-with-all-20120805-23o7v.html



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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5354428 - 08/06/12 08:55 AM



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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5377148 - 08/20/12 09:02 AM

Floor support ring on and floor joists assembled!


The Southern Cross watches over the construction of ASIGN Observatory II.


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