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Canada_LX10
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My Dome Observatory - Construction Log
      #5706209 - 02/28/13 09:21 PM Attachment (64 downloads)

EDITED: I put up single pics on each post. Not sure why they don't allow multiple photos in one posting.


This picture is using my radius drawing jig to make the template in the 1/8" Masonite board.

Edited by Canada_LX10 (03/02/13 04:24 PM)


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astrodog73
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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5706372 - 02/28/13 11:07 PM

You can upload pics, most threads in this forum especially, are brimming with pics....
People will need to actually sign up to that other forum to see the pics anyway....


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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: astrodog73]
      #5706697 - 03/01/13 07:13 AM

There are two ways to include pics. One is to simply add the picture to the post using the button that's available when posting. However, that limits you to one picture per post.

To include multiple pictures per post, you can use any of the standard image hosting services like Photobucket, Shutterfly, etc. and include properly formatted links to those images.

-Dan


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Bob Griffiths
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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5706743 - 03/01/13 08:27 AM

Canada.... I red both of your posts on the other forum.. and replied to both lol

But it is honestly not much work to post the pictures on this forum and BELIEVE me this Forum is 100 times as active and much more knowledgeable then
the other forum...

Again good luck with your build..

Bob G.


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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5706908 - 03/01/13 10:07 AM

Hello; we have a Member's Gallery right here on CN, scroll to the bottom of the forums to find it. Simply open your account there, and upload your pictures there. Also, you no doubt have your photos on your computer, so when posting; after hitting "Continue", you will see a "Browse" window on the second page. Click on browse to your photos on your computer & simply upload them (staying within the image size).

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5706956 - 03/01/13 10:39 AM

i wont be signing up to yet *another* forum to view the post sorry mate!.. try using tinypic.com - no need to sign up to post the images.

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Canada_LX10
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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: dobsoscope]
      #5707655 - 03/01/13 07:16 PM Attachment (40 downloads)

All the pieces drawn out on the 1/2" plywood.

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5707672 - 03/01/13 07:29 PM

Suits me adios amigo!

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5708801 - 03/02/13 01:03 PM

If you already have photos somewhere online, the easiest way to post multiples within a post is to use the "image" link in the preview reply window and add them there.

But it's not hard to post one at a time from your hard drive, either.

-Tim.


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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5708921 - 03/02/13 02:28 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Cutting out the rough ribs. Used the jig saw to rough cut, then a router will trim them up to the final shape.

Edited by Canada_LX10 (03/02/13 02:43 PM)


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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5708922 - 03/02/13 02:29 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

The rough cut base ring pieces.

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5708925 - 03/02/13 02:33 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

My $1.49 router table. Used a wooden box cover that was covering an old Briggs & Stratton engine outside. Turn on its side it became my router table. $1.49 was for longer base screws.

Edited by Canada_LX10 (03/02/13 04:23 PM)


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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5708928 - 03/02/13 02:36 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

My router template screwed to the rough stock. Ready for a trim.

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5708931 - 03/02/13 02:38 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

The template removed after the trim job.

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5709080 - 03/02/13 04:17 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Ribs for the base ring are finished being trimmed. Next, I have make spacers and layout the base ring and trim the pie pieces to make a circle.

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5709526 - 03/02/13 08:37 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

The test fitment of the base ring. I need to now cut the joints and then laminate the layers.

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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log new [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5709776 - 03/03/13 12:03 AM

Very nice! Any information about the dome you're building? Diameter? Type (framed/frameless)? Etc...?

Jared


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Canada_LX10
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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5710496 - 03/03/13 11:49 AM

It is a 7.5' diameter wood dome made with curved plywood ribs. Will be making an 8x8 base for it.

Here is the website of the original builder:

http://www.baetsenobservatory.com/Astronomy/Projects/ObsDome.html

The plans in PDF format are in that website.


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Bob Griffiths
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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log [Re: Canada_LX10]
      #5710526 - 03/03/13 12:09 PM

The base ring LOOK darn good...

Bob G.


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Re: My Dome Observatory - Construction Log [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #5710638 - 03/03/13 01:12 PM

Just fitting the base ring pieces to be the 91" diameter. Mine is a little larger but I need to trim the ends anyway. Just figuring the amount to trim.

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