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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mary B]
      #5546711 - 11/30/12 06:55 AM

LOL...funny dudes..


No, I didn't have any suture gear so I had to pop into the local hospital and ask for some stitches. I will be buying some so next time I can just stitch up myself and keep on working.


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rick-SeMI
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Reged: 01/08/11

Loc: Michigan - USA
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5546716 - 11/30/12 07:08 AM

In a pinch you can use monofilament fish line

I couldn't resist

Hope it heals soon and be careful next time!!


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Starman27
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mary B]
      #5546973 - 11/30/12 11:00 AM

So I'm not the only who has shed blood over my observatory.

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Starman27]
      #5547828 - 11/30/12 08:38 PM

[B]Blood on the observation deck. - 1 Dec 2012[/B]

It's been an interesting week of fiddling about. I've been putting up some of the roof sheeting and finding it challenging. Not only because of the difficulty in handling such thin and cumbersome material, but at height making it all the more dangerous and time-consuming.

Full story and photos here >> http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/observatoryconstruction.htm

Here's a link to an animation of the doors opening and closing. http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/ASIGN_II_Doors_Opening.gif



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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5556936 - 12/06/12 06:30 AM

1. Roof sheeting going on. Slowly filling in all the sky gaps!



2. About 1/4 of the roofing done.



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Hilmi
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5557473 - 12/06/12 12:43 PM

Every successfully home built project requires that you bleed for it. From installing a new motherboard in your PC to building an observatory. I have many battle scars from astronomy. My hands are so full of them that people think I have been getting into knife fights. My scars are named, Synta, Meade, Losmandy etc...

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5563927 - 12/10/12 10:51 AM

^^^^ LOL! Creative... I like it.

1. Nearly half-way with the roof sheeting.


2. View through the slot from the far wall at telescope height to give an idea of where the horizon is in relation to a horizontal scope.


3. View through the slot from directly above the pier, where the telescope will be mounted. No need for the slot opening to be any lower as all you will see it trees and oncoming cars from up the road.


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Hilmi
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5564166 - 12/10/12 01:14 PM

It's difficult to tell with the photo's distorted perspective. How far past zenith does the opening go?

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5575302 - 12/17/12 07:58 AM

300mm past the Zenith mate.

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5575303 - 12/17/12 07:59 AM

1. Four sheets to go!!


2. Doors closed. Weather skirt still to be fabricated and assembled between top of wall and bottom of dome.


3. Nearly fully enclosed.


4. Doors open showing floor space.


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Hilmi
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5575857 - 12/17/12 02:59 PM

That looks like a mighty fine observatory. Very spacious too!

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johne
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5576846 - 12/18/12 06:35 AM

It looks outstanding. Fine craftsmanship! I love the last photo... your smile says it all. Looking forward to first-light photos.

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: johne]
      #5580147 - 12/20/12 07:13 AM

DOME FULLY COVERED WOOT!!!!!!!





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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5589246 - 12/26/12 06:51 AM

1. Telescope installed - fire extinguisher fitted as priority!


2. Preliminary calibrating on the moon.


3. "FIRST LIGHT" through the ASIGN Observatory II telescope! A very quick shot with only the DSLR on the scope, but enough to check the optics.


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gmartin02
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5590690 - 12/27/12 02:44 AM

Congratulations! I've been following your progress for the last few months. It must feel really good to be able to finally use the observatory after all of your hard work. Your build (and others) are inspiring me to build my own permanent mounting solution, although I will probably end up with an "outhouse" type rolling shed (due to lack of space for a "full" observatory).

Greg


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: gmartin02]
      #5591402 - 12/27/12 03:51 PM

Glad to hear you are drawing inspiration from this mate, as I drew inspiration from so many other builds. It's my way of returning the favour!

Baz.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5592248 - 12/28/12 08:12 AM

Enjoy the video of this fully armed and operational battle-station!

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5593323 - 12/28/12 08:49 PM

All the cameras and cables installed now. Mount aligned to the planet's axis and ready for imaging. Now to wait for that pesky moon to go away and have a clear night!!

1. The mighty photon hunter!


2. Looking out to the heavens.


3. Peering into deep space.


4. Watchful warrior.


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Wmacky
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Reged: 11/24/07

Loc: Florida
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5593433 - 12/28/12 10:09 PM

Fabulous!

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rimcrazy
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Reged: 03/03/12

Loc: Overgaard, AZ
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5593961 - 12/29/12 09:05 AM

Forgive my ignorance but I'm curious, why the cage around the camera?

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