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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.

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(none-working link changed by Moderator)



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


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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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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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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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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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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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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!! new [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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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5380524 - 08/22/12 06:10 AM

Here's this afternoon's progress. External walls on! Latest update http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/observatoryconstruction.htm





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bloodhound31
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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5385859 - 08/25/12 06:21 AM



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5385955 - 08/25/12 09:11 AM

Here's a video of the dome rolling.

http://youtu.be/O8GvTF8NABw


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5386562 - 08/25/12 03:56 PM

Looks good Just a question, how will you protect all that metal from corrosion? Also, if it is something you have to paint or spray on, wouldn't it make more sense to do it before putting on the wall panels?

Just my 2 cents


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Hilmi]
      #5387505 - 08/26/12 06:30 AM

Quote:

Looks good Just a question, how will you protect all that metal from corrosion? Also, if it is something you have to paint or spray on, wouldn't it make more sense to do it before putting on the wall panels?

Just my 2 cents



Most of it is zinc-coated or galvanised. The raw steel will be painted with rust-guard.The outside under the wall-panels has already been done.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5387506 - 08/26/12 06:30 AM

One small task at a time. Today my goal today was to build a door frame and door to fit it, out of steel.

Done.



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5399215 - 09/02/12 07:45 AM

Marking out the flooring for the top floor ready for cutting into a whopping big circle!


Swept and tidied, a bit of an idea of the space that will be available in the office downstairs.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5406369 - 09/06/12 11:09 AM

Got a heap more bows on the revolving dome and cross-bars on the slot.



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5412891 - 09/10/12 08:50 AM

I am very impressed!!!!!
Good job done !!! This is going to be a really nice observatory!

Clear skies!


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: gregory93]
      #5414594 - 09/11/12 05:04 AM

Quote:

I am very impressed!!!!!
Good job done !!! This is going to be a really nice observatory!

Clear skies!




Thanks mate. You bet it is! I can't wait!

baz.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5414997 - 09/11/12 11:25 AM

Awesome. Just awesome.

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: jmasin]
      #5420404 - 09/14/12 04:56 AM

Cheers Jon!

Finally got the last of the heavy bows on the roof. I've been at it for roughly two hours every afternoon after work until I run out of light. I've even come home at lunch times to get 30 minutes of labour in at times. Time is so precious.

The next step is to roll-form some lighter intermediate bows. Flat sheet to cover the dome will bend nicely one way, but not two ways, so trying to bend it over the large area between these heavy bows is likely to warp and distort them too much. Putting in some intermediate bows will mean thinner strips of sheet, reducing the need to bend them two ways.

Full-story here http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/observatoryconstruction.htm



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5457652 - 10/06/12 09:37 AM

More steel coming this week and enough cash to get a roof on! Can't wait to get a day or two to build!

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5458924 - 10/07/12 08:22 AM

One of the hurdles I've had to overcome is that the old pier is not high enough to mount the telescope on, as the new floor level is now much higher.

To solve this, I have built another wooden box like the one underneath, to be filled with reinforcing mesh along with some conduit to run electrical cabling. It will then be filled with concrete.

Full story [URL="http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/observatoryconstruction.htm"]here[/URL]

1. Constructing the form-work for the new pier.


2. Form-work in position on top of old pier.


3. New pier extension topside.


4. While I was at it, I skinned the door with thick steel sheet.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5463362 - 10/10/12 07:06 AM

The race was on today as the rolled steel arrived to build the dome's sliding doors and complete the intermediate dome ribs. I say, "race" because tomorrow afternoon I have a professional welder coming over to weld stuff together.

This afternoon I measured, cut and joined all the framing together for the sliding doors. I have used 20mm steel plate to join it all together with screws, that way the welder can just weld all the joints together, then I can remove the ugly plates and screws.

Below: Picture 1 - One side complete. Picture 2 - The two halves will split sideways to open the dome slot.





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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5464895 - 10/11/12 06:31 AM

My welder friend gave his valuable time and skills tonight to weld up the door-frames as planned. They are extremely rigid and strong now. Great job mate.



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5471046 - 10/15/12 07:30 AM

Putting up all the intermediate dome ribs was so much quicker than the heavy ones. I got a couple done yesterday at lunchtime, a couple more in the afternoon, a couple more today at lunch time and the rest done this evening. I even had time to paint the door with primer.

Below: All bows up, ready to be welded in place and then the temporary joining brackets can be removed and the roofing can go on.

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





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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5471229 - 10/15/12 10:30 AM

Your photos of the build are absolutely awesome! What a beautiful observatory; it will be one of a kind, that will be such a pleasure for you to observe from!

Thanks for sharing the build with us, we appreciate it!


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5472764 - 10/16/12 05:32 AM

Quote:

Your photos of the build are absolutely awesome! What a beautiful observatory; it will be one of a kind, that will be such a pleasure for you to observe from!

Thanks for sharing the build with us, we appreciate it!




My pleasure mate! It's great to give back to a community that avails folks like myself to ideas and information on how to go about this, from the ground to the sky.

Baz.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5514003 - 11/11/12 05:44 AM

I've been trying to work out how to get the doors on top of the dome to slide sideways, without leaving protrusions outside the dome when it is closed. My uncle came up with a solve consisting of four bearing-slide-rails from industrial sized photocopier paper trays. I now have them and they look and feel like they will do the job nicely. I'll put pictures on the website when I have them figured out.

Today I got my welder friend Jacob to come over and weld all the ribs on the dome, so I can take off the cumbersome steel plates holding them on. Now I can start getting some sheeting on the roof and seal it all up.

I've bought some cement and hopefully this week I can mix enough concrete to fill the central pier extension. With that in place, the telescope can be mounted as soon as the roof is on and operations can begin! All the prettying up on the inside will follow, but at least I can start to use it.

My next-door-neighbor is a carpenter and has volunteered to help me build the stairs inside. Actually, he is the expert, so I think it is me who will be helping him!



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5515381 - 11/12/12 12:45 AM

Everything is looking AWESOME!

I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind.
1. How will you "lock" the dome so that it doesn't move on it's own in the breeze?
2. How will you vent the heat build up? (Manually or electronically operated vents of some sort near the top of the dome?)
3. Being that the observatory is metal, are you planning for lightning protection in some way? A lightening rod or rods of some sort?
4. How are you planning to prevent or minimize "sweating" condensation on the inside of the dome? (I'm assuming that the dome will be covered by metal sheeting.)


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: stkoepke]
      #5515456 - 11/12/12 02:34 AM

Quote:

Everything is looking AWESOME!

I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind.
1. How will you "lock" the dome so that it doesn't move on it's own in the breeze?
2. How will you vent the heat build up? (Manually or electronically operated vents of some sort near the top of the dome?)
3. Being that the observatory is metal, are you planning for lightning protection in some way? A lightening rod or rods of some sort?
4. How are you planning to prevent or minimize "sweating" condensation on the inside of the dome? (I'm assuming that the dome will be covered by metal sheeting.)




1. If you mean rotation - it's too heavy and that just won't happen. If you mean lift, there will be lock bolts/clips that will clamp the rotating ring to the support ring when not in use.

2. You must understand...the hole opening for the dome is HUGE! As soon as you open it, all heat within the dome will escape into the night air. For my last dome, I assisted this progress with a simple pedestal fan turned parallel with the inside curve. This circulated the air and spiralled it up and out of the dome, while sucking in cooler air from outside.

3. Not going to worry about it. Most of the trees around me are taller, many of the houses around me have tin roofs. At the very most I may run a copper cable from the dome to a ground stake, just to channel a direct hit.

4. I'll tackle that later. Last dome I had a padded fabric covering on the inside that took care of that. Really, with such a big opening in the dome, circulation should take care of it when I'm in there. I may install vents to keep that going when the dome is closed.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5515594 - 11/12/12 08:14 AM

My bare aluminum dome does not experience moisture condensation on the inside. Don't know exactly why, but it never does. Steel domes may perform differently due to the greater emissivity of steel.

JimC


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5515765 - 11/12/12 10:56 AM

I don't know how often you get lightning in Canberra, but I would definitely employ some form of proper lightning protection. Lightning is unpredictable as to where it can strike. Usually it is attracted to the tallest object in the region, but that rule-of-thumb is not foolproof! Don't forget a bolt can strike a tree, then "jump" to the observatory.

Better safe than sorry!


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5516305 - 11/12/12 04:37 PM

Man, seeing Alpha and Beta Centauri and Crux high in the sky over your obz makes me ACHE to get back to Australia! Nice looking setup for sure! Will be especially interested in your techniques for leakproofing your dome.

Mike


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5518670 - 11/13/12 08:45 PM

A wonderful thread and superb job. Can I ask a bit about dimensions? What is the diameter of the warm room? What scope are you planning?

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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5519107 - 11/14/12 06:33 AM

It's five metres across mate. Putting my ED120 and ED80 on the EQ6 Pro back in there until I can afford an upgrade. Excellent imaging kit though.

I don't know how many times I have leaned on the unattached pier up on the top floor and nearly toppled over, so today I filled it with concrete and mounted the mounting plates.

Solid now and good to lean on!

1. Reo about to go in, pouring in concrete, then embedding the mounting plates deep into the wet concrete via three long threaded rods.


2. Filled with concrete and mounting base plates seated.


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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5522338 - 11/16/12 07:05 AM

The steel for the roofing arrived today. Thanks to a couple of good jobs with the chainsaw and a wonderful donation. Along with the roof sheeting, I also got the doors custom covered.

Thanks to the help of my next door neighbour and his friend, we got all the flooring in on the first floor today. Getting the first sheet in took a little work, but once we got a flow happening, the rest went in so quickly. Now I have something to stand on while I put the roof on.

As soon as we were done, it poured with rain, but I've had two test-pieces up there for months and they are not yet swelling or deteriorating from all the weather. Hopefully, I'll have the roofing on within the week and won't have to worry about that any more.

1. Colorbond sheeting cut to size and ready to clad the dome.


2. Dome doors covered with colorbond sheeting.


3. Flooring installed.


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      #5523869 - 11/17/12 05:28 AM

Humble beginnings. This was my original cardboard concept I built all those months ago to get it right in my head during the planning stages.


A bit of mucking about today, finishing off the flooring, putting joiners underneath etc. Finally started on the roofing and got the first piece worked out. The four around the centre slot are the most complex, but once those are worked out, the rest are easy.


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      #5525558 - 11/18/12 06:05 AM

Today's work. Attaching the hardest sheets first. Each sheet has to be clamped, traced along the bows, removed, cut to shape, re-clamped then screwed on. Getting sheets to bend on two axis has proven difficult.

My back is stuffed!





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      #5525968 - 11/18/12 11:56 AM

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.... Getting sheets to bend on two axis [sic] has proven difficult....




Time to treat yourself to an English wheel? <g>

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      #5526768 - 11/18/12 08:18 PM

Quote:

Quote:

.... Getting sheets to bend on two axis [sic] has proven difficult....




Time to treat yourself to an English wheel? <g>

What's that?

dan k.




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      #5527795 - 11/19/12 11:55 AM

The English wheel is the traditional tool of choice for forming compound curves in metal, i.e. curves in two directions:
Wiki link
The good news is that it doesn't have a motor and is fairly inexpensive because of its simple construction.
The bad news is that it takes a while to master the technique.

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Quote:

The English wheel is the traditional tool of choice for forming compound curves in metal, i.e. curves in two directions:
Wiki link
The good news is that it doesn't have a motor and is fairly inexpensive because of its simple construction.
The bad news is that it takes a while to master the technique.

dan k.




Ah got it! Yes, that could fix it. I have another idea that might avoid the need though. I'll keep you posted.

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      #5529705 - 11/20/12 09:54 AM

What an awesome build from your tiny cardboard plan!

This is going to be a one of a kind observatory, truly beautiful!


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      #5545133 - 11/29/12 09:05 AM

Let it not be said that I have not spent blood on this observatory! Nearly dropped the door from the top of the dome today, caught it mid-slide but managed to run my forearm down the edge of the sheet-metal. Saved the door, lost some blood.

1. Interesting seeing the muscle under that many layers of skin.



2. Stitching it up, a couple more to go. Good as new and back to work!



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      #5545364 - 11/29/12 11:29 AM

Battle scars!

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Quote:

Let it not be said that I have not spent blood on this observatory! Nearly dropped the door from the top of the dome today, caught it mid-slide but managed to run my forearm down the edge of the sheet-metal. Saved the door, lost some blood.

1. Interesting seeing the muscle under that many layers of skin.



2. Stitching it up, a couple more to go. Good as new and back to work!






You did your own stiches?


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      #5545698 - 11/29/12 03:16 PM

"I ain't got time to bleed"...

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      #5545920 - 11/29/12 06:02 PM

Blood sacrifice to the observatory gods. I took most of the tip of a finger off on some roof flashing when the wind caught it. 5 stitches later back to work.

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      #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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      #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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      #5546973 - 11/30/12 11:00 AM

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

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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #5575302 - 12/17/12 07:58 AM

300mm past the Zenith mate.

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      #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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      #5575857 - 12/17/12 02:59 PM

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

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      #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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      #5580147 - 12/20/12 07:13 AM

DOME FULLY COVERED WOOT!!!!!!!





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      #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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      #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).

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      #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!

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      #5592248 - 12/28/12 08:12 AM

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

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      #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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      #5593433 - 12/28/12 10:09 PM

Fabulous!

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      #5593961 - 12/29/12 09:05 AM

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

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      #5613191 - 01/09/13 06:38 AM

Quote:

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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      #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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      #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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      #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.

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      #5614693 - 01/09/13 11:22 PM

+1 Enjoy it!

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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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      #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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      #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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      #5618741 - 01/12/13 10:22 AM

Quote:

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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      #5624180 - 01/15/13 10:58 AM

Way to go!

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      #5629645 - 01/18/13 10:34 AM

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

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      #5638086 - 01/23/13 12:10 AM

ASIGN Observatory II from around 11 metres off the ground.



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      #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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      #5638347 - 01/23/13 07:45 AM

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

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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #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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      #5664776 - 02/06/13 08:11 AM

Interesting that your insulation does not have paper backing. Maybe that's just something they do down there. I would hope you will eventually panel that area to keep the fiberglass particulates contained. That's fairly nasty stuff and over an extended period of time and exposure could lead to silicosis.

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      #5664835 - 02/06/13 09:09 AM

Great work on your observatory build. I know few people that could do something like that. A couple of questions if you don't mind. 1. Do you plan to insulate the dome? 2. How was the pier extension coupled to the original pier? Did you drill holes and epoxy rebar into it? Thanks. Great work.

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      #5666401 - 02/07/13 02:32 AM

What an awesome observatory! Thanks for sharing the experience with us all

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      #5731618 - 03/14/13 04:18 AM

Picked up the wood today for building the staircase from the bottom to the top floor of the observatory. Beautifully seasoned and STRAIGHT cypress.

Can't wait to start working it!



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      #5731931 - 03/14/13 10:14 AM

Gets better every time I look here. Amazing job.

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      #5742295 - 03/19/13 05:17 AM

Sorry it's been a while since my last update. Lots of building materials have arrived so it looks like I'm going to be a very busy boy for a few weeks now! Here's what's happening:

[B]Inside fitout begins.[/B]

It's been a big week for the observatory this week. I was able to purchase the thin plywood interior wall panelling and even cut some to size and fitted two sheets.

I tested a corner of the cypress slabs I picked up last week by belt-sanding them with some 40 grit to get the saw-marks out of it, then rubbed some raw linseed oil into the test-patch to see the colour. The yellow-gold natural colour takes on a rich red-gold.

I applied by letter to my local government for a large log that one of their services had a stockpile of. To my delight, they approved and happily donated a log.

I found a magnificent pine log, well seasoned with the bark just falling off it. It is my intention to cut it four ways down the length, to cut a post out of the middle of it. The post will be kept aside while the rounded slices will sandwich around the centre pier downstairs, making the pier look like a big tree-trunk. This will then be sanded and rubbed with raw linseed oil, as will the stairs and handrails.

Link to construction page here.









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      #5742707 - 03/19/13 11:27 AM

That cypress wood is beautiful!

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      #5742910 - 03/19/13 01:03 PM

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..... This will then be sanded and rubbed with raw linseed oil, as will the stairs and handrails....




Raw linseed oil won't polymerize (harden).
It will get on your hands whenever you touch the oiled wood.
You want to use boiled linseed oil, which will harden.
Properly dispose of oiling cloths, as they can spontaneously combust.
If it's the look of oiled wood that you like, you might want to consider this formulation:
1/3 Boiled linseed oil
1/3 Spar varnish or polyurethane
1/3 Solvent such as real turpentine or paint thinner
Google for precise instructions for applying, but you basically slop it on, wait, and then wipe off the excess. You can build up coats until you're satisfied with the finish.
It dries faster and works better than plain boiled linseed oil

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      #5743334 - 03/19/13 04:06 PM

Quote:

Quote:

..... This will then be sanded and rubbed with raw linseed oil, as will the stairs and handrails....




Raw linseed oil won't polymerize (harden).
It will get on your hands whenever you touch the oiled wood.
You want to use boiled linseed oil, which will harden.
Properly dispose of oiling cloths, as they can spontaneously combust.
If it's the look of oiled wood that you like, you might want to consider this formulation:
1/3 Boiled linseed oil
1/3 Spar varnish or polyurethane
1/3 Solvent such as real turpentine or paint thinner
Google for precise instructions for applying, but you basically slop it on, wait, and then wipe off the excess. You can build up coats until you're satisfied with the finish.
It dries faster and works better than plain boiled linseed oil

dan k.




Thanks Dan. Boiled linseed oil is actually what I have, not raw, so that's great. It's been sitting in my shed for over 10 years. I'm not even sure how it got there. Thanks for the heads up, I'll look into the mixture ratios you've suggested.

Baz.


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      #5743371 - 03/19/13 04:24 PM

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Interesting that your insulation does not have paper backing. Maybe that's just something they do down there. I would hope you will eventually panel that area to keep the fiberglass particulates contained. That's fairly nasty stuff and over an extended period of time and exposure could lead to silicosis.




It's fibreglass wool, not teeribly dangerous unless you are cutting and ripping it up. As you can see from the last set of photos. It's getting covered up. I can't imagine anyone ever leaving it exposed...


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      #5743375 - 03/19/13 04:26 PM

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Great work on your observatory build. I know few people that could do something like that. A couple of questions if you don't mind. 1. Do you plan to insulate the dome? 2. How was the pier extension coupled to the original pier? Did you drill holes and epoxy rebar into it? Thanks. Great work.




No. Not insulating the dome. Period.

The old pier had threaded studs poking out of the top of it. I simply welded the new rebar to them and continued pouring concrete inside the extension form-work.

Baz.


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      #5743469 - 03/19/13 05:05 PM

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... Boiled linseed oil is actually what I have, not raw, so that's great. It's been sitting in my shed for over 10 years. I'm not even sure how it got there.

Baz.




There's a good chance it's turned to jelly in 10 years, Baz. <g>
Whatever oiled finish you use, dispose of the cloths in a safe manner. Toss them in a pail of water overnight, unfold and air dry them. They're safe to throw away at that point.
That's some nice looking cypress that you have. Have fun.

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      #5744373 - 03/20/13 02:14 AM

Quote:

Quote:

... Boiled linseed oil is actually what I have, not raw, so that's great. It's been sitting in my shed for over 10 years. I'm not even sure how it got there.

Baz.




There's a good chance it's turned to jelly in 10 years, Baz. <g>
Whatever oiled finish you use, dispose of the cloths in a safe manner. Toss them in a pail of water overnight, unfold and air dry them. They're safe to throw away at that point.
That's some nice looking cypress that you have. Have fun.

dan k.




Bought 5 litres of new oil today with some turps. This will be fun!

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      #5744388 - 03/20/13 02:33 AM

1. Big sanding job! Got one slab of cypress de-barked and sanded down at lunch time. Look at the comparison with the sanded and unsanded slabs!


Debarked and sanded on top and both sides. Ready to make stairs!
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      #5744818 - 03/20/13 10:28 AM

The paneling will really add to the beauty of the observatory! That cyprus is unbelievably beautiful! Too beautiful to walk on!

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      #5751300 - 03/23/13 07:57 AM

1. Sanding down the cypress slabs


2. All six sanded ready to build stairs.


3. Eucalypt deadwood handrail.


4. Handrail on tread


5. Wall panels in. Trims, skirts and architraves to go.


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      #5766092 - 03/30/13 02:55 AM

1. Cut the hole through the inside and outside walls to fit the tubing for the air conditioner. Cut some steel mesh to size and fitted inside to keep the insects out. Sealed with silicone.


2. Built a small roof over the air-con outlet to stop rain from entering the tube.


3. Air-con fitted into the wall.


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      #5766117 - 03/30/13 03:50 AM

This observatory does get better and better every time I look at it. I would have to disagree about the way you mounted the AC exhaust though. I have one of those portable units (looks suspiciously like the on you have and they require minimal obstruction to the airflow to work correctly. The manual gives so many warnings about how much kink you can have in the exhaust pipe before the Aircon looses cooling effectiveness. Try and get hold of one of those clothes driers exhaust covers that automatically open when there is airflow from the AFC unit. When you switch off the AC, the flaps fall to the closed position. That way, the air flows out more freely.

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      #5766286 - 03/30/13 08:22 AM

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This observatory does get better and better every time I look at it. I would have to disagree about the way you mounted the AC exhaust though. I have one of those portable units (looks suspiciously like the on you have and they require minimal obstruction to the airflow to work correctly. The manual gives so many warnings about how much kink you can have in the exhaust pipe before the Aircon looses cooling effectiveness. Try and get hold of one of those clothes driers exhaust covers that automatically open when there is airflow from the AFC unit. When you switch off the AC, the flaps fall to the closed position. That way, the air flows out more freely.




There is no kink. The flexi tubing has been removed and how there is only a 6 inch straight plastic tube straight out the back of the unit to the outside.


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      #5818802 - 04/23/13 10:38 PM

Quick update.

I poured a concrete path to lead into the observatory off the main path.

I've been collecting bits of wood on the job at opportune trees we remove or prune. It's taking some time, but I've got some nice bits for handrails and banister. I still need three posts 2.6 metres x 100-150 mm in diameter for the stairs.

Getting there.

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      #5820477 - 04/24/13 06:51 PM

Great job. So much fun reading this thread. What a great place to wash down a Foster's . Bob

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      #5837725 - 05/03/13 07:17 AM

Finally I have a finished banner and some variants for the observatory's website to give it a fresh new look. My graphic artist has been tirelessly working with me to come up with a concept together then work his magic!

He's given me a fully-rendered banner, watermarks for the new photos out of the telescope and stuff for embroidery, mugs, t-shirts or whatever!

The new banner is on top of my page below. I'm very happy with it!

As I publish the other variants, I'll show them off.

http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/


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      #5839579 - 05/04/13 05:39 AM

I've run out of money (looks like for quite a while now) so all I can do is the jobs that cost nothing. Today I sanded down another log for the stair supports then started digging the garden bed. The quality of the dirt is rubbish so I'll have to get rid of it and replace it with some good soil. I also have to dig two trenches in it, one for the drainage pipe near the wall to lay in, plus another on the outside of the bed to run a row of rocks in for the edge.

1. Sanded down log for stair support

2. removed the lawn and weeds to expose the bare clay.

3. Digging in the trench near the slab's edge for the drainage pipe.

4. Starting to lay in the rock edge.


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      #5853252 - 05/11/13 04:38 AM

Got busy today and dug the trenches all the way around for the drainage pipe and a row of border rocks.

Started on cutting the underlay to size for the obs and laid it in on the top floor, ready for carpet tomorrow.

1. Garden bed

2. My home-made compass for drawing big circles...

3. Underlay cut to size

4. Relax'n with an ale at the end of the day on the quiet underlay.


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      #5869077 - 05/18/13 10:12 AM

Got some carpet cut and put down on the floor. Now to get it layed properly and then steam-cleaned.



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      #5869085 - 05/18/13 10:19 AM

Looking good!

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      #5871163 - 05/19/13 11:26 AM

Thanks Tim!

Finally!! Work has started on the stairs!

The builder's carpenter turned up today and together, we plotted out the stairs. There's a lot to watch out for with building standards, made even more challenging by the curve. Stair calculations are fairly simple though, once you get the hang of them. I just happen to be doing a tertiary course right now and just last week, we had an assessment on stair calculations. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!

With it all marked out, this week I'm going to crack on with cutting the support posts, fitting them and cutting the hole in the top floor larger to stop people from hitting their heads as they ascend the stair.



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      #5875744 - 05/21/13 12:22 PM

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Thanks Tim!



With it all marked out, this week I'm going to crack on with cutting the support posts, fitting them and cutting the hole in the top floor larger to stop people from hitting their heads as they ascend the stair.






Definitely not the kind of stars people want to see! Or as I like to put it, headbanging is only good to Metallica or Judas Priest.


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      #5881612 - 05/24/13 04:15 AM

Today I got an early mark from tech school, so I came home to work on the observatory.

I had another log to inspect and grade to see if it was good enough to support the stair stringers. This one had several layers of rot, but it was a beautiful piece of wood. I used a rotary chisel to rake back all the layers until I was happy with what was left. It turned out pretty darned good actually. So far I haven't yet oiled them, so their true colour is yet to come out, but I have left the borer insect marks on the wood as I just love the look.

1. Stairs marked out.


2. Log to strip back.


3. Scribbly little suckers. These patterns are gonna stay!


4. Three posts in position.


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      #5890628 - 05/29/13 12:06 PM

Laying in the drainage pipe.



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      #5891781 - 05/30/13 04:00 AM

Drainage in, shrubbery planted and garden mulched.



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      #5893189 - 05/30/13 08:37 PM

Very nice design and updates! I love seeing the photos as well. You have a very interesting project here, I'm only too happy that you're sharing it with all of us.

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What kind of shrubs did you plant?

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Very nice design and updates! I love seeing the photos as well. You have a very interesting project here, I'm only too happy that you're sharing it with all of us.




My pleasure mate!

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      #5903249 - 06/05/13 06:03 AM

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What kind of shrubs did you plant?




Mexican orange blossoms. They grow to about 1.2 metres, are evergreen and hedge well.


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      #5903250 - 06/05/13 06:03 AM

Progress on the stairs. Four stringers cut to the correct angle and calculated for the rise, tread and number of steps. Posts rebated to firmly seat and bolt in each stringer.

Making a massive mess of the space, but it will look a million bucks when I'm done!



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      #5912432 - 06/10/13 04:05 AM

Today was probably the most productive day I've had on the observatory in a long time. Not only did I get hours of precious time, but I also trialled a couple of new tools.

One was a flap disk to fit the angle grinder. It's a round disk covered in overlaying sections of very coarse abrasive. I used it to strip the bark off the wood I am using for the balusters.

The other is a rotary chisel. This is also a round blade for the angle grinder, but it has only three teeth in it. It takes of massive amounts of wood in a single pass and is also very dangerous.

Finally, instead of trying to manoeuvre the belt-sander all over the wood, I turned it upside down on the saw-horse and clamped it down. Now I can move the smaller and lighter pieces of wood over the belt sander with ease. The trick now is to watch the knuckles as I de-skinned two until I got a good technique.

I got the top of the stairs (top floor) cut to match the vertical line of the stringers, plus dressed the hole with some big pine. The stringers are all bolted in and I made a start on the hand-rails and balusters.





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      #5913170 - 06/10/13 01:59 PM

I'm loving the staircase railing and supports! Really nice to recycle wood; and this wood is beautiful!

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      #5917454 - 06/12/13 06:01 PM

That stairs is going to look so cool with the local wood instead of the typical pine or fir.

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      #5921672 - 06/15/13 03:10 AM

Thanks guys!

WOOT WOOT!! YIPPYKAYAY!!

Finally I've made a start on the treads. The first one was the hardest, just working out how best to mark the template and deciding if I was going to go flush with the outer wall or take the tread right into the wall.

It worked out a lot more secure to go into the wall, fastening supporting timber inside the steel studs. Now I've got two treads in, custom cut to fit exactly. As I showed my wife and bragged about my superior craftsmanship, I jumped hard on both treads - SOLID AS A ROCK!

I'm well pleased. The second tread was a lot faster than the first, so now that I have a technique worked out, I should be able to get around three in every hour I get in there.





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      #5921867 - 06/15/13 09:18 AM

That staircase is super awesome! Recycling the available wood +1, and another +1 for the beautiful, natural beauty that railing brings to your observatory!

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      #5929274 - 06/19/13 01:38 PM

That's going to be lovely when you're done!

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      #5936234 - 06/23/13 11:41 AM

Ready for oil!

Well.... nearly...

I have one tread at the top of the stairs left to cut and install. It's a bit tricky because it is surrounded on two sides by thick steel and some bolts, lips, edges etc - lots to custom-cut around to make it fit.

The insulation is back in the walls with every nook and cranny stuffed to keep the temperatures out/in and also a bit of soundproofing.

The bulk of the work is done but there are a couple of gaps that I want to fill and tidy up. Now the wall-panelling can be cut for the stairs and fitted on the walls.



Big hole!

As soon as the stairs are dressed, there's the issue of the long drop from the top floor. A bannister needs to be constructed with a gate at the top of the stairs.

Stay tuned for the updates as I get to the task.



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      #5936676 - 06/23/13 04:12 PM

Old fashioned craftsmanship is what that is I can't wait to see it all stained and finished.

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      #5946013 - 06/29/13 06:05 AM

^^^ Thanks mate!

Spent today building the upstairs banister out of steel. The thing is rock-steady. Soon I will bolt in some thick board behind it, which gives me three functions.... it blocks some light from below, (even though later there will be drop-hatches over the hole anyway).... it stops my young toddler from crawling through gaps when he's chillin' up there with me..... and finally, it gives me something to put some charts and space photos/posters on. There will be a gate on the end (left of photo) to stop folks from accidentally falling down the stairs.



Downstairs, I cut one more dead tree down to provide the final post on the far left. I also cut the wall-panelling for the stairs. The wall above the stairs is filled, now to put in the panelling for the wall underneath them.



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great looking

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      #5961340 - 07/08/13 10:29 PM

Lordy, dude, that staircase is BEAUTIFUL! And quite original!

Thought about what to cover your fiberglass insulation with? I used this on the underside of my roll-off roof and it works like a champ.

Well done,
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      #5965532 - 07/11/13 11:22 AM

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Lordy, dude, that staircase is BEAUTIFUL! And quite original!

Thought about what to cover your fiberglass insulation with? I used this on the underside of my roll-off roof and it works like a champ.

Well done,
Mike




Thanks Mike. I'm just going to put Gyprock (plasterboard) up on the ceiling. Good suggestion mate.

Baz.


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      #5965533 - 07/11/13 11:22 AM

SOOOOOO CLOSE!!

I can almost taste completion! The banister is looking great now filled in, painted, gate on one end and a big thick natural timber handrail to dress it all off.

Upstairs the only big job left is to lay the carpet properly then instal the lighting. That will conclude the upstairs construction and fitout.

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      #5965615 - 07/11/13 12:24 PM

What a great job on the unstairs banister! I love the yellow markings to give warning it's there! The staircase & railing are absolutely gorgeous! I commend you on using the dead trees around you, & giving them new life in your observatory!

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      #5966366 - 07/11/13 09:13 PM

This observatory is an inspiration. I love it! and your site and story behind the building of it. Be blessed!

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      #5967222 - 07/12/13 11:21 AM

This is just tooooooo damn good! IMHO of course. Mike

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      #5970042 - 07/14/13 07:59 AM

Bless you all folks!

Yes, I'm getting pretty excited now that it is so close to finishing and to be quite honest... a little relieved. I've been building this one for around three years and the last one took me over a year to build too.

Once this is complete, then I have to build a pergola/deck of the front of my house which will be a breeze compared to an observatory and hopefully take me a fraction of the time.

Once the deck is done, that's it for big building projects for me. Hopefully then I can just concentrate on creative stuff in the workshop. My Iron Man suit needs to be finished and when that's done, I'm thinking of building a life-sized MK II Colonial Viper in the back yard, to be transported to locations, photographed and eventually sold, making room for the next creative project.


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      #5975525 - 07/17/13 07:47 AM

1. I sold some of my unused astrophotography accessories this week, so I was able to afford some plasterboard to start covering the ceiling. It will be good to seal all that fibreglass insulation in and fit the lights.


2. I have found some foam-rubber on a roll that seals nicely the gap between the dome-support ring, and the dome ring itself. I've glued it to the bottom ring only, so the top ring slides nicely along it without binding or too much resistance around the circumference of the dome. You can see it just above the unlaid carpet in the picutre below. The other issue is to seal the light-leak from where the dome panels meet the weather skirt, as well as cover the sharp edge of the sheet-metal.


3. I cut some of the foam rubber into short strips and glued them all in. It dresses off nicely and makes it safer and light-proof.


4. Just to give it a bit more of a finished look, I've adhered the caution-tape to it. Looks good and clearly distinguishes the edge of the dome.


5. I think I'll leave it at that for caution-tape or else it will take over. The carpet looks worse and worse as the dome and fittings improve, but the great news is that someone has offered me much nicer carpet!


6. The stairwell is coming lose to completion too. A few sharp edges to clean up and a gap to fill and dress, then some trim around the end of each tread and it's done.


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      #5976183 - 07/17/13 03:14 PM

The yellow-and-black caution tape is a nice touch. Adds a little color.

What color will the new carpet be? I was thinking perhaps a maroon colored carpet would be nice.


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      #5976869 - 07/17/13 09:39 PM

Quote:

The yellow-and-black caution tape is a nice touch. Adds a little color.

What color will the new carpet be? I was thinking perhaps a maroon colored carpet would be nice.




If it's free I can't be too fussy....


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      #5976964 - 07/17/13 10:57 PM

Don't forget vapor barrier in that ceiling!

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      #5990872 - 07/26/13 08:43 AM

Got a spare few dollars this week so I could afford the last two sheets of plasterboard for the ceiling downstairs.

This afternoon, it was a race for the light as the sun set after work. I lay all eight pieces down, built a new compass and drew the radius out to fit inside the round building.

As I ran out of light, I managed to score the paper then used a plasterboard hand-saw to cut one sheet to size.





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      #5992381 - 07/27/13 02:56 AM

I'll do my best to keep it interesting in it's final stages. I'll have to make my Iron Man build the next saga for you guys.

I made a start today as I had a few hours of beautiful sunlight to work with this morning.

Rather than purchase or hire those expensive adjustable struts to hold up the plaster, I made up these two supports out of some scrap wood. They are just a fraction too long, which give me the ability to wedge them in under the plasterboard as I hold it up to the ceiling. Easy peasy.

I got half the ceiling up so I should be finished the rest by the end of this weekend.






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      #5993345 - 07/27/13 05:32 PM

Lifting drywall overhead is not fun! Next time I have to do it I am buying a lift.

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      #5993776 - 07/27/13 10:32 PM

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Lifting drywall overhead is not fun! Next time I have to do it I am buying a lift.




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      #5997903 - 07/30/13 07:24 AM

The ceiling is all up. Now it's a matter of joining tape, joint filler and some trim around the exposed edge in the stairwell.

I bought some thick board today for the trap-doors that will seal the heat in downstairs by blocking off the stairwell.

I picked up all the gear today thanks to a wonderful donation by a fellow in Victoria. I'll be getting to work tonight and over the next week to get the ceiling finished and ready for a coat of paint.

The last part of the ceiling was the trickiest, as there were many angle involved, lots of things to get around and rebate for, plus the sheet can't fit in the gap in one piece. I ended up making a template out of 3mm craftwood scraps. I then traced the template onto the plasterboard sheet and cut it out. I had to cut it into four pieces to get it in there though. It's all done though and ready for finishing.

1. Tracing the template

2. Plasterboard cut to shape

3. Fitted


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      #6004381 - 08/03/13 06:42 AM

[B]Oils ain't oils[/B]

All I wanted to do today was apply paintbrush to timber. Unfortunately for my impatience, preparation prolonged my agony for an excruciating hour and a half before I could even wet the brush.

There was the bottom floor to clear of construction tools and materials, then peel up the temporary carpet and underlay. I gave the handrails and treads a final sanding then a meticulous vacuum of all surfaces.

The mix of mineral turpentine and boiled linseed oil was a 50/50 ratio, penetrating the wood deeper and hopefully causing the oil to set harder.

A few minutes after oiling the top couple of treads and stringers, the mix began to release aromas from the Cypress and Eucalypt. Unlike painting with paint, (which is a pain in the butt) oiling wood is a real pleasure. The speed at which the transformation occurs is gratifying and the colour change is stunning - it's richness paralleled only by the smell, which is akin to walking into an antique furniture shop.

Full story here.









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      #6004502 - 08/03/13 09:52 AM

Wow! That stairway is just gorgeous! Nice to have such a beautiful touch of nature in a building that, for most of us, is very utilitarian.

-Dan


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      #6005641 - 08/04/13 12:16 AM

Quote:

Nice to have such a beautiful touch of nature in a building that, for most of us, is very utilitarian.

-Dan




Well said mate! Thanks!

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      #6011543 - 08/07/13 01:46 PM

What a pretty color!

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      #6017111 - 08/10/13 06:14 AM

Today I got into plastering the joints of the plasterboard, a job I've never attempted. To tell the truth, it was childishly simple, helped by the fact that all the boards are level and flush.



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      #6017125 - 08/10/13 07:51 AM

You have truly done an awesome amazing job. You should be very proud of what you have built!

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      #6017306 - 08/10/13 10:15 AM

That wood is absolutely beautiful! And to think it might have just gone to waste had you not visualized the end result!

Amazing job!


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      #6018100 - 08/10/13 06:49 PM

Quote:

You have truly done an awesome amazing job. You should be very proud of what you have built!




Not so much proud as the credit goes to God for giving me the skills, drive, motivation and all the assistance He sent me in the form of donations, advice, assistance from around the world.

I feel more of a sense of satisfaction that it was so hard to do and is now realised, plus excitement at the prospect of it's future.

Baz.


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      #6019344 - 08/11/13 04:54 PM

What dedication! Beautiful job!
My hat's off to you, sir!


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      #6019672 - 08/11/13 08:36 PM

wow...hat's off!!

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      #6020433 - 08/12/13 09:53 AM

Great Job ! Looks very nice

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      #6020561 - 08/12/13 11:13 AM

The future for this beautiful observatory, is endless!



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      #6022560 - 08/13/13 10:08 AM

I've actually got to give all of YOU a big thank you for your encouragement along the way. Not much good telling a story if you have no-one to tell it to. Not much good going on a journey if no-one is interested in sharing it with you.

Big blessings to all of you!


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      #6023372 - 08/13/13 04:24 PM

I definitely enjoyed following the build! Wish I could fly down there and see some of those Southern Hemisphere sights at your observatory!

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      #6023540 - 08/13/13 05:29 PM

That staircase is fantastic!

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      #6028333 - 08/16/13 12:17 AM

Thanks guys!

Baz.


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      #6028735 - 08/16/13 08:54 AM

Beautiful observatory and wood work. Something to be very proud of.

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      #6030455 - 08/17/13 08:32 AM

Thanks Tom.

[B]Finishing up.
[/B]
If someone at church this weekend asks me, "How was your week? I would have to begin by saying, "WELL... WHERE DO I START - HOW MUCH TIME HAVE YOU GOT!?

I got some BIG NEWS last week that I can't yet let on about, but needless to say I have a very short time to get everything finished.

I've had a couple of friends over every day and every night working until late at night painting, plastering fixing wall-joiners and preparing for the carpet layers.

To add to our tight deadline, I have mysteriously injured my shoulder and am unable to lift anything heavy. It's been totally weird in that if I keep moving it feels ok, but if I stop and sit still I'm in agony.

anyway, one of my mates from work has been an absolute champion painting for me, even popping by at lunch time for half an hour on a work day to get things done.

We gave the inside of the dome a second coat of flat black paint, re-oiled the stairs and woodwork upstairs again and painted the plasterboard ceiling downstairs. At least I got to use my left arm a bit with the paint-brush and cut in the edges ahead of my friend with the roller.

My family electrician friend is away on holidays for a month, presenting me with the difficulty of finding another who can understand the wiring already routed and then finish the job - for the right price too!

The carpet layers arrived this morning, bringing with them WAAAAAY better carpet and underlay than the old stuff I had found second-hand.

These two guys were like magicians. They worked tirelessly throughout the day to lay, cut-in and join the carpets both upstairs on the observation deck and downstairs in the lounge area. Their skills were amazing to watch in action.

I couldn't believe how beautiful it turned out upstairs. The room is completely transformed. I was still reeling with pleasure when I saw the finished result downstairs! Wow.

With a final vacuum and a couple of Italian chairs tactically positioned, it looks good enough to live in.

Tomorrow I have a hardware tradie coming in to help me fix the two dome doors that roll sideways. The sliders I have used are not coping and have popped all their roller bearings all over the lawn below. Over the next few days I'll bring in the rest of the furniture and reinstall the telescopes and computer. The wiring leading from the house is not yet heavy duty enough to run heaters, kettle, toaster, fridge and everything else, so I will just get the lighting and power-points installed then upgrade the feed line later. I have to dig up the original 600mm deep trench and put in a thicker conduit plus add a data cable.

FULL STORY HERE








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      #6034717 - 08/19/13 02:51 PM

Absolutely beautiful! Looks like a professional observatory.

Is there a magazine article in your near future?


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      #6035006 - 08/19/13 05:30 PM

That is totally amazing!!

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      #6036433 - 08/20/13 12:46 PM

Holy Pasta Fazoli!!!

WOW, you place looks fantastic. I'm just a functional kind of guy with my observatory but I do envy your setup. Very, very nice.


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Absolutely beautiful!

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      #6037831 - 08/21/13 07:44 AM

Thanks heaps folks!

Now that the carpets are done, the electricians have visited and are about to start work in the next few days. In the meantime I have a little grace time to put in some trimmings.

1. I found some high density foam that is easy to carve with a blade and is sand-able. Not sure how it's going to look but I'm hoping once I paint it white to match the ceiling, it should look ok and certainly better than the ugly square hole around the top of the post.


2 & 3. Mitred dressed-all-round timber (DAR) for edging.



4. I had a few problems surrounding the threshold. The bolts protrude through the carpet are a trip hazard and also a fray point for the carpet. The carpet is smooth-edged to the threshold, but it is also higher, meaning that it will eventually work its way out. The threshold is also flat so water can migrate across it from under the door. I've solved all these issues with a fitted wooden plate that covers the edge, the bolts making them level with the surface and providing an edge to stop the water coming in.


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      #6038050 - 08/21/13 10:33 AM

You're right ... looks good enough to live in! All you need now is a wide screen TV downstairs!

-Dan


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      #6041230 - 08/23/13 04:41 AM

Quote:

You're right ... looks good enough to live in! All you need now is a wide screen TV downstairs!

-Dan




Yep! It will!


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      #6048886 - 08/27/13 01:45 PM

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You're right ... looks good enough to live in! All you need now is a wide screen TV downstairs!

-Dan




And tune it to NFL (American) football, and it's paradise!


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      #6051926 - 08/29/13 04:31 AM

No, this is not the, "BIG news" (that is coming very soon) but I got ASIGN Observatory II on the radio last month.

Click here to listen to the radio interview.

Audio file is down the page a little on the right.

Baz.


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      #6052199 - 08/29/13 09:59 AM

I must say that I think the ASIGN Observatory takes first prize for beauty, craftsmanship, and endurance in building it!

It is absolutely amazing, what you have accomplished!


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      #6052605 - 08/29/13 01:48 PM

Your observatory is truly amazing! And with your downstairs lounge, hang a monitor or two showing live views of whatever your scope is pointing at for any outreach or other star parties and then shuffle people up stairs to get a live look.

Awesome setup!


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      #6058806 - 09/02/13 08:18 AM

^^^^ Thanks heaps girls and guys!

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      #6058807 - 09/02/13 08:19 AM

Through trials and tribulations, false starts and disappointments, many things seemed to conspire to come against getting the electricity done, especially on my non-exsistant budget.

I had to remind myself of the amount of times things have come against the different stages of this project and the subsequent amount of times when God's timing has been absolutely perfect to kick it off again. Nothing has happened before I was ready for it.

Finally, a qualified and experienced electrician donated a full Saturday to connect all the cabling that had already been run by another sparky. He translated all the cables, connected all the fittings and even donated a couple of his own to get the job finished. All this for a couple of cups of good coffee, a BBQ lunch cooked by my lovely wife and some home made hot-buttered banana cake baked by mum.

He switched the mains back on and PRESTO!!!! It all worked perfectly first go!





Not only that, but as the electricity was finalised last night, in perfect timing again, I got a phone call today from a friend asking if I needed a very large flat screen television.

He arrived this afternoon with the shiny black beauty which I plugged into a DVD player and away it went.

Apparently this thing was destined for the skip bin! It works perfectly and looks fantastic!

Now to just get the sucker mounted to the wall!

For a bit of balance in the room, I got the idea to make some wooden furniture in the form of a coffee table in front of the TV and also one in between the chairs for a lamp and remotes etc.

We cut down a very large dead eucalypt last week and one of the guys was good enough to cut me a couple of slabs off the base of the trunk as I have an injury at the moment that prevents me from overdoing it for a while. It was so big it lay in the tray of my ute for a few days before one of the boys dropped around to unload it for me. The top slab must weigh over 200 kilograms.



At lunch-time today I planed, sanded and de-barked them.



After some pensive moments and a short-black coffee that are often required after a sawdust shower, I hit them with a coat of boiled linseed oil.



My next door neighbour helped me roll them off the driveway, across the lawn and into the observatory.



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Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #6058982 - 09/02/13 10:32 AM

I'm continually amazed at how you recycle wood, and make it a very beautiful addition to the observatory! Those tables absolutely fit in perfectly; along with your beautiful railing & stairs!

Many years ago, a gentleman was selling large redwood slabs. I bought one, and when I moved out of town; put it on two stumps. Plywood in between for support and for securing with screws to the stumps. I applied a satin clear coat, and it is absolutely beautiful as my coffee table!

Kudos to the very kind gentleman that donated his time & expertise to complete the wiring!


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Quote:

I'm continually amazed at how you recycle wood, and make it a very beautiful addition to the observatory! Those tables absolutely fit in perfectly; along with your beautiful railing & stairs!

Many years ago, a gentleman was selling large redwood slabs. I bought one, and when I moved out of town; put it on two stumps. Plywood in between for support and for securing with screws to the stumps. I applied a satin clear coat, and it is absolutely beautiful as my coffee table!

Thanks mate!

Kudos to the very kind gentleman that donated his time & expertise to complete the wiring!




The stuff is everywhere and is often burned or tipped somewhere to rot. Why not use it?

TV is mounted now.



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      #6060552 - 09/03/13 07:05 AM

Beautiful! Love the brass telescope. And the Assign Observatory graphic on the TV is a nice touch!

Now ... where's the bathroom going to be?

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      #6061425 - 09/03/13 06:07 PM

Forgive me if I missed it earlier in this thread, but what is the origin of the name Asign?
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      #6061571 - 09/03/13 08:02 PM

Man, I want to come over and have some beers in your ultimate astronomy Man Cave.

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      #6062687 - 09/04/13 01:24 PM

Beautiful work on the table! Wonder how much a plane ticket from Phoenix to Australia would be.

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      #6063484 - 09/04/13 10:25 PM

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No, this is not the, "BIG news" (that is coming very soon) but I got ASIGN Observatory II on the radio last month.

<a href=""http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/07/16/3804216.htm"" target="_blank">Click here to listen to the radio interview.</a>

Audio file is down the page a little on the right.

Baz.


I feel like a rat in a cage wheel. Where in the hell is the audio link?

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      #6068297 - 09/07/13 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone! Beer's are chilling in the fridge!

Quote:

Forgive me if I missed it earlier in this thread, but what is the origin of the name Asign?
Michael




Astronomy Study In God's Name. ASIGN.


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      #6068307 - 09/07/13 06:22 PM

Quote:

Quote:

No, this is not the, "BIG news" (that is coming very soon) but I got ASIGN Observatory II on the radio last month.

<a href=""http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/07/16/3804216.htm"" target="_blank">Click here to listen to the radio interview.</a>

Audio file is down the page a little on the right.

Baz.


I feel like a rat in a cage wheel. Where in the hell is the audio link?




Sorry mate, not sure what's happened there. Here it is again.>>> http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/07/16/3804216.htm

and here's the download link. >>>> http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/local/canberra/201308/r1162971_14688420.mp3


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      #6081674 - 09/15/13 08:41 AM

OK boys and girls,

it's time to let you in on the big news! Yes, for the last few weeks ASIGN Observatory II has been gearing up to get ready for the TV crew from Australia's very own Better Homes and Gardens!

Miracle after miracle has been pouring in from friends, family, work mates and even total strangers from the internet giving their time, some generous donations and unfailing support. Not only that, but the timing of all of these things has been absolutley perfect as if by divine design - right down to the TV being donated the day after the electricity was all connected.

The crew arrived this afternoon and straight away, my nerves about meeting celebrities were put at ease as these very professional individuals were so down to earth. Russell and the film and sound guys were brilliant to work with and my eyes were opened at some of their film tricks and equipment. More on that when you see the show.

Johanna Griggs was as friendly, happy and graceful as you could imagine. I felt very at-ease with her questions in the on-camera interviews. The make-up lady was as much a part of the team, engaging as the rest while she powdered my shiny nose under the lights.

My darling wife worked like a trooper, baking biscuits for the team. They absolutely loved them.

Being a man left to his own devices without the quidance of his good wife, I goofed big as is my manly custom and right! There was a platter of bread on the bench which I took outside with the cakes. How was I supposed to know that there was a plate of cheese and salami in the fridge to go with it? You know... being a man and all.....

Anyways, watch out for the show on the 11th of October at 7pm on channel Seven. I'll post up links once they have it on their website after the show.

Thanks again to all who have made this possible. You know who you are.

Cheers and blessings!!!

Baz.


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      #6081753 - 09/15/13 09:44 AM

A huge congratulations! We will be looking forward to the link of the interview! For those of us that have followed your build, from day one to present; it is very satisfying for us to see what a beautiful observatory came out of all your hard work & dreams!

Congratulations, again!



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      #6082974 - 09/15/13 10:54 PM

Thank you Carol. That means a lot to me.

Baz.


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Being a man left to his own devices without the quidance of his good wife, I goofed big as is my manly custom and right! There was a platter of bread on the bench which I took outside with the cakes. How was I supposed to know that there was a plate of cheese and salami in the fridge to go with it? You know... being a man and all....



Cheers and blessings!!!

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+1

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      #6086555 - 09/17/13 06:30 PM

Good for you, Baz! Well deserved.

Wish I could watch it on TV.


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      #6091257 - 09/20/13 08:45 AM

Thanks guys. I'll post links to the show on the web page after it airs so my overseas friends can watch.

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      #6092399 - 09/20/13 07:55 PM

Man, that place is really something!

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      #6095713 - 09/22/13 08:32 PM

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Man, that place is really something!




Thank you sir!


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      #6099978 - 09/25/13 09:22 AM

Wow - who needs a house with an observatory like that! The house would become my rental and I'd be just fine...

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Wow - who needs a house with an observatory like that! The house would become my rental and I'd be just fine...




Yeah, but I can't hide here forever.....


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      #6110527 - 10/01/13 02:47 AM

There should be a teaser at the end of Better Homes and Gardens this coming Friday if you live in Australia.

You're gonna love it!

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      #6116686 - 10/04/13 08:12 AM

I confess to being a lurker on these forums, but wanted to say thanks for sharing your build with us. I've been following it for a while. Also great to see God working behind the scenes! Hope you enjoy it and have some great times in there, I'm sure you will.
I'm a complete astronomy beginner but would love to have my own observatory some day and would be chuffed if it was half as good as yours!
Also your Iron Man suit build is cool, looking forward to seeing the final result!

Cheers,
Craig.


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      #6126434 - 10/09/13 07:11 AM

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I confess to being a lurker on these forums, but wanted to say thanks for sharing your build with us. I've been following it for a while. Also great to see God working behind the scenes! Hope you enjoy it and have some great times in there, I'm sure you will.
I'm a complete astronomy beginner but would love to have my own observatory some day and would be chuffed if it was half as good as yours!
Also your Iron Man suit build is cool, looking forward to seeing the final result!

Cheers,
Craig.




Awesome mate! Bless ya!

Baz.


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      #6129932 - 10/10/13 09:31 PM

Just got confirmation from the Better Homes and Gardens producers today. It's on tonight!

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      #6134484 - 10/13/13 08:30 AM

Here's the link to the show on their website. Episode 37 around the 48 minute mark just after the car guy.

http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/better-homes-and-gardens/-/watch/19348867/fri-11...


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      #6134572 - 10/13/13 09:36 AM

Ack! I'm in the U.S. and when I try to view the video, I get the message:

"The video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or location."

Bummer!

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      #6134949 - 10/13/13 12:49 PM

It is on his website too,

http://asignobservatoryii.com/


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Thanks for the link!
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      #6139079 - 10/15/13 01:35 PM

Gee, Barry, all your observatory needs is a baby-grand piano and a '57 Cadillac with dual AC and polarized sunshades and it'll be perfect!

Seriously, enjoyed the link and thank you!


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Gee, Barry, all your observatory needs is a baby-grand piano and a '57 Cadillac with dual AC and polarized sunshades and it'll be perfect!

Seriously, enjoyed the link and thank you!




ROFL!! Funniest post on this thread to date!

God bless ya mate!

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      #6178066 - 11/05/13 07:35 PM

I'm now well into the swing of using it regularly for astrophotography and have already had two groups through.

Up on the observation deck at ASIGN Observatory II, processing the data collected through the telescope over the past few nights.



Downstairs, putting the finishing touches on the astrophotograph from the previous night.



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That's a great looking observatory!

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Thanks Pooh-Bah!

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      #6179414 - 11/06/13 02:43 PM

Your observatory is even more amazing each time we see additional photos of it. A true work of art!

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What an incredibly well done project. The stuff of dreams!

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      #6183930 - 11/09/13 12:30 AM

Thanks guys. Here's a video walk-through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F_ofhg7ERI


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      #6267888 - 12/23/13 03:23 AM

WOOT! With the sale of all the photography gear, the EQ8 has now been bought and installed! The new RC12 Carbon fibre truss telescope arrives late Jan to mid Feb.







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      #6268482 - 12/23/13 12:36 PM

Holy freakin wow....just wow...


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      #6363087 - 02/07/14 10:46 PM

After many months of research and selling nearly everything that is near and dear to me, I finally drove to Sydney today to pick up a shiny new GSO RC12 inch Truss telescope. Let the steep learning curve begin!

First cut


OOOH SHINYYYY!


Careful... don't tear the wrapping paper!


Back-heavy this one.


Balancing.


First light at the Moon.


Pointing at Jupiter.


Southern Cross and Pointers out the window...doesn't get much better than this!


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      #6363408 - 02/08/14 06:30 AM

I just checked out this entire thred, JOB WELL DONE!!!! I love it, enjoy.

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Okay Baz,Now that scope really puts the icing on the cake. Kudos to you.Fantastic job.

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That scope & mount setup is a beaut!

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Truly wonderful. Enjoy.

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The new telescope looks back-wrenching as well as back-heavy!

Seriously, that is really a gorgeous telescope. And you didn't have any clouds, either! You'll have to call the manufacturer and tell them they forgot to ship the clouds in the package.


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Great work! You now have your dream kit in a wonderful observatory. You worked hard, made tough choices now enjoy.

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      #6373679 - 02/13/14 07:34 AM

Cheers all!

Can you believe this? I sold all my pro photography gear to buy all this, then I had to get a pro photographer in to take these photos for my website and Facebook group.... go figure...





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Must be late summer down under huh?
Love that scope setup and what you have done with everything.


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      #6377135 - 02/15/14 01:25 AM

ASIGN Observatory II on the front page of The Canberra Times today.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/technology/sci-tech/canberra-stargazer-brings...


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      #6377387 - 02/15/14 09:15 AM

Cool story in the Sydney Morning Herald!

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/canberra-stargazer-brings-astronomy...


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