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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5512553 - 11/10/12 12:37 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

And here's a wide-angle shot of the entire observatory. All tracks and supports are fully primed and ready for this weekend's thundershowers. We also got all three sets of 1x4's around the building in readiness for attaching the R-paneling on the outer walls. It was ordered from Mueller Steel Buildings and will arrive this coming Wednesday.

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csa/montana
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5512924 - 11/10/12 10:20 AM



I'll sure look forward to seeing how you finish the inside, also Mike!


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John Jarosz
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5513079 - 11/10/12 11:51 AM

Wow Mike, is that an observatory or a dance hall?

I realize you've made a lot of scopes over the years but are you really going to use them all at the same time?

Looks good though!

j2


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thesungazer
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: John Jarosz]
      #5513087 - 11/10/12 11:58 AM

Very impressive, Mike. Thanks for all the photos!

Keep'em coming.

Greg


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Raginar
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: thesungazer]
      #5513124 - 11/10/12 12:25 PM

Everything is bigger in Texas. Beautiful!

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mikey cee
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Raginar]
      #5513197 - 11/10/12 01:22 PM

Mike....How are you going to vent that dead air space behind the siding? I take it you are using some sort of vertical 4x8 sheets? I would have run my 1x4's vertically every 2' because you'll need backing behind your lap joints where you nail or screw. Then screen off the top and bottom edges to l keep critters out. Just offering sudggestions don't yell at me! Mike

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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5513361 - 11/10/12 03:51 PM

Awwr fellow Mikey, I would never yell at a brudder Mikey!

I'm using R-panel all around, from Mueller Steel Buildings, with the channels oriented vertically. Plenty of convection flow up the R-panels.

Mike


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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5513367 - 11/10/12 03:54 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

Ya know, there's just nothing that makes something look good like a fresh coat of paint! Here's Andy (my younger son) finishing up painting the Rust-Oleum Gloss White oil-based enamel over the Rust-Oleum primer.

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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5513373 - 11/10/12 03:57 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

Like that white!

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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5513389 - 11/10/12 04:05 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

East side view, with all tracks and supports painted white.

Next steps:
R-panel for the walls and 14 gauge 2x2 roof truss steel arrives Wednesday. Put up R-panels on walls, attach all trim. Cut, weld roof center spine, trusses, purlins, end supports. Order R-panels for roof, attach. Waterproof.

At that point I'll have a nice safe dry interior to start working on. That should go fast. Hope to be moved in before 2013.

I think I want to paint the interior walls dark blue or black to reduce scattered light. Anyone else have experience with that?

Mike


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Mirzam
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5513434 - 11/10/12 04:45 PM

Especially if you will have a computer screen turned on it will be helpful to darken the walls. ALthough in your observatory the inverse square law also comes into play!

JimC


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Goodchild
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5513478 - 11/10/12 05:35 PM

Looks like Andy left a drip under the one support. I hope he got that before it dried.

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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5513519 - 11/10/12 06:27 PM

Oh! I see what you're talking about. That's not a drip - it's one of the 1/4-20 adjustment bolts holding down the track inside the 4x4 1/4" angle iron support. They allow slight sideways adjustment of the angle track on the supports to keep the track aligned to the V-groove wheels.

Sharp eyes!
Mike


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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5514360 - 11/11/12 12:02 PM

"....I think I want to paint the interior walls dark blue or black to reduce scattered light. Anyone else have experience with that?...."

I painted the interior of both my observatories the darkest flat green I could get from Home Depot, in one case, and Ace Hardware in the other.

Flat black during the day seemed a bit morbid to me and green is more pleasing to me than blue.

Regardless, the interiors do not show color at night unless I have a white light on.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/2778209/page...

Cheers!


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csa/montana
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5514392 - 11/11/12 12:25 PM

Quote:

I think I want to paint the interior walls dark blue or black to reduce scattered light. Anyone else have experience with that?




I'd vote for the dark blue. I have medium blue on my walls, and frankly have not noticed any scattered light from them.


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Mary B
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5514824 - 11/11/12 05:25 PM

I went a pretty dark blue



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Digital Don
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5514885 - 11/11/12 06:32 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

"I think I want to paint the interior walls dark blue or black to reduce scattered light. Anyone else have experience with that?"

If there is any local lighting your observatory like there is around mine, you want the darkest color you can get. Black or dark blue won't matter because both would probably be equally effective.

As you can see, I went with flat black for the walls of my observatory and have been happy with the results.

Don


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Mike I. Jones
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mary B]
      #5515015 - 11/11/12 08:11 PM

Dark blue it is! Thank you MaryB, that looks really nice, and blue's my wife's favorite color.

Suggestion request #2: My floor is 3/4" marine-grade plywood with Olympia water sealer liberally applied. It's screwed down to 2x8's on 16" centers, so it's almost like walking on concrete.

What flooring material do you recommend? SoftTiles in dark blue or wood look interesting, in that they are easy to take up and vacuum/sweep under. Plushlock also looks comfortable. Standard padding and close-pile carpet look interesting, but might present long-term and dust accumulation cleaning issues.

Any suggestions on floor materials?

Thanks,
Mike


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hm insulators
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: Mike I. Jones]
      #5515774 - 11/12/12 11:01 AM

Looking good!

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Mary B
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Re: Observatory progress update new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5516390 - 11/12/12 05:38 PM

I put down indoor outdoor carpet but I may switch to tiles next year. The carpet is to hard to keep clean.

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