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bloodhound31
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Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #5613191 - 01/09/13 06:38 AM

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




I explained it briefly in the video a couple of posts back. It takes the weight of the camera off the focus tube.

Baz.


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bloodhound31
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Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #5613192 - 01/09/13 06:38 AM

YAY!! Finally imaging again! Clear night, no moon, no clouds and DARK DARK DARK SKY!!! Going for Messier 42 - The great Orion Nebula tonight!

I've been out of the deep space imaging game for a couple of years now, so this will be interesting trying to re-learn everything and apply the last two years of regular photography processing skills.



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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5613763 - 01/09/13 01:46 PM

I'm thrilled for you! What a fantastic build; and by yourself!! I really love it, and your photos are outstanding!

Congratulations!!

One question; are you going to have a trapdoor that you can close over the area you enter; or put a railing around it? Knowing me; my first night, I'd step into the "hole"!


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MDB
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5614582 - 01/09/13 10:02 PM

Congratulations! It's been great fun following your build, you've done a fine job.....now enjoy your hard work.

Mike


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Starman27
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: MDB]
      #5614693 - 01/09/13 11:22 PM

+1 Enjoy it!

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5614710 - 01/09/13 11:41 PM

Quote:

I'm thrilled for you! What a fantastic build; and by yourself!! I really love it, and your photos are outstanding!

Congratulations!!

One question; are you going to have a trapdoor that you can close over the area you enter; or put a railing around it? Knowing me; my first night, I'd step into the "hole"!




Thanks everyone for the wonderful encouragement!

The hole on the floor is actually going to get quite a bit larger to allow for the stairs coming up from the floor below. It will have a bannister/handrail all around it, a gate at the top and then trapdoors inside the bannister to lower down over the hole and keep the heat downstairs.


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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5614711 - 01/09/13 11:42 PM

Here's one more from last night. Now to stack and process the actual DSO frames!



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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5614754 - 01/10/13 12:14 AM

Quote:

The hole on the floor is actually going to get quite a bit larger to allow for the stairs coming up from the floor below. It will have a bannister/handrail all around it, a gate at the top and then trapdoors inside the bannister to lower down over the hole and keep the heat downstairs.




Just another beautiful addition to this magnificent observatory!


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gmartin02
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Reged: 04/11/05

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5618741 - 01/12/13 10:22 AM

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Here's one more from last night. Now to stack and process the actual DSO frames!






Orion is upside down!

I showed this picture to my wife and she laughed.

We live in the United States, but my wife Paola is originally from Chile, so every time she sees Orion in the northern hemisphere, she says "Orion is upside down", and I say "no it's not, you're upside down"


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hm insulators
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Reged: 01/22/07

Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: gmartin02]
      #5624180 - 01/15/13 10:58 AM

Way to go!

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Project Galileo
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Reged: 11/14/07

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5629645 - 01/18/13 10:34 AM

Great job. Well worth the blood and sweat. Enjoy.

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #5638086 - 01/23/13 12:10 AM

ASIGN Observatory II from around 11 metres off the ground.



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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5638316 - 01/23/13 07:04 AM

The flashing arrived today!! Fabricated perfectly to my measurements and diagrams.


Installing the weather-proof skirt around the dome.


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1965healy
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Reged: 06/23/07

Loc: San Antonio, TX
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5638347 - 01/23/13 07:45 AM

Looking great! How did you get that high view shot?

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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5639882 - 01/24/13 12:57 AM

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Looking great! How did you get that high view shot?




Mobile tower. (elevated work platform)


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5640021 - 01/24/13 05:03 AM

1. Flashing (weather skirt) installed. Peeling the protective plastic off all the sheets now.


2. First coat of light-absorbing matt-black paint on the inside.


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5640309 - 01/24/13 10:02 AM

You can certainly be very, very proud of your observatory! What a great job of workmanship! It's a beauty that would stand out among factory domes!

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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5657059 - 02/01/13 08:02 PM

Awwww... ta mate!

After last Saturday afternoon's severe sideways storm and rain flooding the observatory and everything in it, this week I got the silicone into all the joints and sealed it all up over the last couple of days. Today we had another big thunderstorm which was a great test.

I went inside during the downpour to look for leaks. I found one dripping through on the skirt, which I marked and will plug later when it dries. Also half a dozen other tiny drops which I also marked for sealing later. That should just about do it! The inside of the dome was 99.8% dry after the thunderstorm, so it's looking MUCH better!


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bloodhound31
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5662876 - 02/05/13 03:27 AM

This week our friend and family electrician spent some good hours in the observatory with me, planning the lighting, powerpoints and distribution board. The cabling has now all been run, ready to connect all the hardware.

As well, this week I got a lovely $50 donation from a Canberra local, which I was able to spend at Fletcher Insulation in Hume on a few bags to insulate from heat and sound. It is instantly cool in there now and OOOHHHHH SOOOO QUIET!!

Full construction page here.



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Den Mama
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5663348 - 02/05/13 10:55 AM

Very nice! Speaking of being in the dome during a storm to find the water leak points; that works very well; rather than guessing, & missing a lot of areas that water can seep in.

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