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Den Mama
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5641781 - 01/25/13 12:15 AM

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Carol,
Your Observatory is pretty neat. Do you have any more pictures of it? I like the hinged wall. Just curious how it all is put together. Thanks


Ken




Yes I do; however, I'll post some soon.


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Den Mama
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: Madratter]
      #5641784 - 01/25/13 12:17 AM

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You know, it seems to me that with a big dob, you don't want an observatory. By the very essential needs of a Dob, you will want walls so low that they aren't much of walls any more when the observatory is "Open." And you won't want a "dome" over it. With a big dob, you want free, unobstructed space to crank that sucker around anytime and anyplace you want.




Sorry, I disagree. My dobservatory has 3' high walls, with one fold-down wall, and gives me excellent views; not to mention a clean, dry place in which to observe. No setting up time required, except hitting the button to open the roof. I would never have been able to have a 16" dob, without an observatory.




Hmm. Your fold down wall folds in rather than out. I need to think about that! The people who built your observatory are Pros and I can already think of a few good reasons to do it that way. I have to admit I was thinking about folding out.




Folding in, is much easier for me to lower/raise it. It takes up very little room when folded down. Folding out, I would think you'd need a pully, chains attached, etc., in order to lower & raise it.


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Starman27
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #5642225 - 01/25/13 09:53 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

My observatory is a 10X15 foot split roof ROR with two piers. One holding a Meade 14inch LX200GPS and the second holding a Tax 128FS NSV. The split roof design allows me to use each side alone or open the roof as much as I need to manage wind conditions.

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Den Mama
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5642277 - 01/25/13 10:23 AM Attachment (25 downloads)

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Carol,
Your Observatory is pretty neat. Do you have any more pictures of it? I like the hinged wall. Just curious how it all is put together. Thanks


Ken




Yes I do; however, I'll post some soon.




Here's another, as BYO is building it. No, the building is not tilting, rather the operator behind the camera It is however, residing on a slope.


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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5648472 - 01/28/13 03:20 PM

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You know, it seems to me that with a big dob, you don't want an observatory. By the very essential needs of a Dob, you will want walls so low that they aren't much of walls any more when the observatory is "Open." And you won't want a "dome" over it. With a big dob, you want free, unobstructed space to crank that sucker around anytime and anyplace you want.




Sorry, I disagree. My dobservatory has 3' high walls, with one fold-down wall, and gives me excellent views; not to mention a clean, dry place in which to observe. No setting up time required, except hitting the button to open the roof. I would never have been able to have a 16" dob, without an observatory.




Hmm. Your fold down wall folds in rather than out. I need to think about that! The people who built your observatory are Pros and I can already think of a few good reasons to do it that way. I have to admit I was thinking about folding out.




Folding in, is much easier for me to lower/raise it. It takes up very little room when folded down. Folding out, I would think you'd need a pully, chains attached, etc., in order to lower & raise it.



I designed my southern windows (on farm gate hardware) to swing in rather than out for all of the above reasons, plus everyone I know of (unfortunately) is only getting older... If NOT given a choice as I age enjoying my observatory, I would rather fall inside trying to push the windows closed than possibly fall outside by leaning out of the observatory pulling heavy windows/walls to their closed position. I'm a dozen feet off the ground at the southern window sill height. Simple matter of K.I.S.S. design with some heavy consequences!


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kenrenard
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5651732 - 01/30/13 07:51 AM

Carol,
That is pretty neat. Looks like you get nice dark skies. I am in a hilly section of the country as well, nothing is flat the house I grew up in is on such a steep incline the first floor is street level in the back and ten feet off the ground in the front.


Ken


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Den Mama
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: kenrenard]
      #5652130 - 01/30/13 11:45 AM

I'm very fortunate, have great dark skies, and only one neighbor that lives here year around!

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mikey cee
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5652916 - 01/30/13 06:14 PM

Carol you can do so much with your set up. A nice table outside under a picnic shelter like roof. Mike

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Den Mama
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Re: Two telescopes. One observatory new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5652949 - 01/30/13 06:22 PM

Mike, I simply use my deck which is 40' long, where I have my BBQ.

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