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Starman27
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: corpusse]
      #5849893 - 05/09/13 12:00 PM

Enjoy your build. Can't wait to see your progress.

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stmguy
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: corpusse]
      #5849944 - 05/09/13 12:36 PM

I'm kind of partial to topping off the cement pier with a metal pier, that way you can make it shorter or longer pretty easily ..also it will give you more clearance for your tube if your mount is a GEM when near the meridian

Norm


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mikertx
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: stmguy]
      #5851109 - 05/09/13 10:56 PM

Quote:

I'm kind of partial to topping off the cement pier with a metal pier, that way you can make it shorter or longer pretty easily ..also it will give you more clearance for your tube if your mount is a GEM when near the meridian

Norm




Bingo! I have had my observatory for over 8 years and I have modified the pier twice in that time. The first modification was to shorten the pier when I moved from an MI-250 to an AP-900 mount and to beef it up. That is documented here,
http://www.mikesastro.com/equipment/pier2/

Since then I have upgraded to an AP-1200 and I needed to shorten again by almost 6 inches. This time all I had to do was take the metal pier part down and saw off 6", re-drill the holes to mount the top plate and I was done.

Good luck,
Mike


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Footbag
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: mikertx]
      #5851592 - 05/10/13 09:04 AM

Well. The curse applies to observatories. It looks like rain tonight and tomorrow. I have a feeling my concrete will be delayed.


EDIT: Just got the text. Delayed.

Edited by Footbag (05/10/13 09:32 AM)


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stmguy
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Footbag]
      #5853302 - 05/11/13 06:23 AM

I would say that 9 out of 10 times when I've poured concrete it's been raining
Norm


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Footbag
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: stmguy]
      #5853416 - 05/11/13 09:15 AM

Yes. But we still have to build the form for the pier and set the rebar. Honestly, I'd rather not rush that.


EDIT: Rescheduled... Hopefully it won't rain next Saturday. I don't know if I can handle another week wait, at least it's raining.

Edited by Footbag (05/11/13 09:39 AM)


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stmguy
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Footbag]
      #5855092 - 05/12/13 09:34 AM

You can set up a temp shelter with a tarp or plastic and work under that if it comes to that. I had a volunteer group of about 15 people lined up to dig the holes for the sonatubes for a playground we were installing for our school and it rained all day...we worked under the tarps and that saved the day for us
Norm


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Footbag
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: stmguy]
      #5859383 - 05/14/13 08:54 AM

The weather for Saturday is looking good. Today it's freezing.

I'm planning on setting the pier at 36" above where the floor should be. The pier plate will add about 4". I made the template for the bolt pattern. I will order the 12" Dans Pier Plate soon.

The wait is killing me. And sure enough, my back is acting up. Hopefully, once the observatory is done, that wont hinder my imaging.

I'm starting to think about what's going to happen after the concrete. Framing, etc... I'm thinking it could go quickly once the concrete sets.

I'll need a power plan including power for the pier, the PC workstation and lighting. I'm planning both normal lighting and red lighting. I don't know whether I should get 12v to the pier or just 110 and then use an regulated power supply. I'd like to keep it clean, but I'm not sure what the normal configuration is.

Edited by Footbag (05/14/13 09:53 AM)


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dmdouglass
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Loc: Tempe, AZ
Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Footbag]
      #5860308 - 05/14/13 04:20 PM

Sometimes as i read through the various forums, and threads, my wife will come up and ask what it is that i am reading about. Hmmmmmm.

Today, it was the "Loose Rooster Observatory" thread. She got very curious. It truly is a GREAT name, and a GREAT story. Certainly deserving of a SPECIAL LOGO for the obs... and certainly, there MUST be some pictures around of this elusive creature.

But alas... for all the "picture demanding CN'ers" out here, there has been no picture of the Loose Rooster. Now, i ask you, how is this possible.

We Need Pictures... (and not just of the obs....) !!


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Footbag
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #5860371 - 05/14/13 04:52 PM

Ask and you shall receive...


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Agatha
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Footbag]
      #5861930 - 05/15/13 11:28 AM

That is a really beautiful loose rooster.

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dmdouglass
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Reged: 12/23/07

Loc: Tempe, AZ
Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Agatha]
      #5863765 - 05/16/13 05:29 AM

Yes it is....
Thanks for the pic !!

Now you need to design a really neat logo,and make a plaque for the obs.....

Your choosen obs name is too good to not take advantage of. It is simply fantastic !!


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Footbag
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: dmdouglass]
      #5863897 - 05/16/13 08:32 AM

I'm planning a logo for a wood plaque. Trying to come up with other uses for the logo.

I'm also thinking about throwing a party for the opening.

Now, I'm just counting the seconds until my concrete arrives. 160,428...


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csa/montana
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Footbag]
      #5863976 - 05/16/13 09:19 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

You need a nice concrete rooster for your observatory!

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tim53
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5864261 - 05/16/13 11:36 AM

Quote:

You need a nice concrete rooster for your observatory!




Yes,I agree! Only don't bolt or glue it down. Leave it "loose."


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Calypte
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Reged: 03/20/07

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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: tim53]
      #5864620 - 05/16/13 01:51 PM

What's the rooster made of? It'd probably blow away here in Anza.

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csa/montana
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Calypte]
      #5865383 - 05/16/13 06:02 PM

Quote:

What's the rooster made of? It'd probably blow away here in Anza.




Kind of doubt it; solid concrete.


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tim53
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5865791 - 05/16/13 08:28 PM

Depends on how windy it gets. In Milford, Utah, we use an anvil hanging from a chain as a wind sock.

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Footbag
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: tim53]
      #5866931 - 05/17/13 11:38 AM

I'm pretty mad! My concrete guy just cancelled for tomorrow. This is after stringing me along for 3 weeks.

I'm just going to find someone else.

OK. I think I've found a new guy. Unfortunately the last guy told me to stop setting the forms as he was confident that he could do it all in a couple of hours. Now, I need to build the form, set the sonotube, level and backfill before he shows up on Tuesday.

And it's suppose to rain on Tuesday. I do have one more building question.

Do I have to worry about the backfilled sonotube holes collapsing in the rain? Even if tarped over?





Edited by Footbag (05/17/13 12:52 PM)


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roscoe
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Re: Loose Rooster Observatory new [Re: Footbag]
      #5868018 - 05/17/13 07:46 PM

Adam,

If you're tarped over, you should be OK, but make it into sort of a tent, so it sheds the water a few feet from the tubes. A sawhorse, upside-down wheelbarrow, or whatever's on hand holding the tarp up in the middle and rocks or something holding the edges down will do the trick. You could also pull a trash bag over the top of each sonotube for more security. As long as they are buried, the pressure of the dirt will hold them in place.
Russ


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