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rimcrazy
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: tim57064]
      #6114685 - 10/03/13 08:17 AM

Very interesting design. Looking forward to seeing it completed. In taking a close look at the details, those are two good carpenters you have constructing your building. Angles are clean and tight. Trim work is precise. You will have a quality building when you are done.

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BYoesle
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Loc: Goldendale, Washington USA
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6116366 - 10/03/13 11:44 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

Hi Deven, per Ted the vapor barrier is the Kraft Paper attached to the insulation itself. Also, my interior will be the same plywood as on the exterior, which will also serve well as a vapor retardant. All outlets and switch boxes will have gaskets.

Today most of the roofing was completed, with some flashing left to install.


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6116367 - 10/03/13 11:44 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Hi Tim, I also chose plywood, and hope the weather cooperates for painting as well.

The north side roofing, with AC wall (window) unit installed.


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6116372 - 10/03/13 11:45 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Rimcrazy - thank you. Im very pleased, and while Im spending a bit to get a professional job done, it is worth it. There is no way I could have matched HWHs skills and knowledge to deal with the myriad of issues that have already arisen.

Open roof detail.


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tim57064
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6116963 - 10/04/13 10:43 AM

Quote:

Hi Tim, I also chose plywood, and hope the weather cooperates for painting as well.

The north side roofing, with AC wall (window) unit installed.



Bob, Hope you have time with the weather changing so drastically here,I opted to paint mine in my garage yesterday before attaching it. Rain thru Saturday and possibly a little snow made my decision easy. Going to be 2' or more of snow in the Black Hills and Interstate 90 already closed due to blizzard conditions out there.
Would have been difficult I know for you to do the same.


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Den Mama
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6117186 - 10/04/13 12:35 PM

That is really looking great! Those guys are exceptional!

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thesungazer
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Loc: Maryland
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6117918 - 10/04/13 08:13 PM

I agree with Carol! Really nice work.

BTW, I say you go with a 30" Starmaster rather than the C14. That Coronado SM140 we looked through at HOTS 2004 would fit nicely too.

Greg


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: thesungazer]
      #6123704 - 10/07/13 10:05 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Thanks Tim, Carol, and Greg!

Quote:

BTW, I say you go with a 30" Starmaster rather than the C14. That Coronado SM140 we looked through at HOTS 2004 would fit nicely too.




I would love to get that Tak/SM140 w SM 90 internal, but Markus apparently just sold it ...

Recent progress - entry steps and landing:


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6123706 - 10/07/13 10:07 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

Here I've completed the west pier entry through sub flooring, with electrical outlet and computer cable conduit:

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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6123707 - 10/07/13 10:08 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

View into insulated and carpeted warm room:

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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6123710 - 10/07/13 10:10 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

View towards warm room entry doorway:

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6123748 - 10/07/13 10:46 PM

Wow Bob really looking great. You are much further along with your OBS than I am. I am going to be working on building the roofs vaulted trusses tomorrow. All I got done today was installing the siding,painted last Thursday,and installing the door. It helps that 2 people are working on yours though.Well worth the investment.

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JJK
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Reged: 04/28/08

Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6123954 - 10/08/13 12:48 AM

Bob, I see one major flaw with your observatory. It's on your property, not mine!

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6124490 - 10/08/13 10:06 AM

That's looking really, really nice!

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rimcrazy
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Reged: 03/03/12

Loc: Overgaard, AZ
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6126522 - 10/09/13 08:34 AM

Said it before, that is really a fantastic building. Both from a functional and architectural stand point. It's really striking, IMHO. You are finishing it out very nice. Can't wait to see it all finished, as you are too I'm sure. Post some more pic's when it's all done.

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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #6132112 - 10/11/13 10:18 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Thank you Tim, John, Carol, and RC!

Steady progress continues. As noted in the Flooring???? post, instead of carpeting for the entry/observation area, I chose a click-lock laminate as being easier to keep clean and more resilient. Not only that, it was considerably cheaper than the carpeting I used in the warm room -- 67 cents/sq ft vs. $1.25/sq ft.

Here is the entry and view into the observing room and warm room (now has a door, and light fixtures installed), as well as the pre-primed battens attached to the outside wall:


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6132117 - 10/11/13 10:21 PM Attachment (22 downloads)

View of the observing room from the northwest looking southeast, showing unfinished electrical, and pier locations.

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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6132148 - 10/11/13 10:31 PM

That floor looks familiar. Just like what I installed in our dining room a number of years ago. Before I decided to go with Bruce 3/4" solid oak Gunstock .
With the roof closed most of the time you should be okay for a time,just Make Sure,everyone that enters,Wipes Their Feet,otherwise scratches will occur. Excellent job,Love the look on all of it.


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Aquarist
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Reged: 08/27/12

Loc: Illinois
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: tim57064]
      #6132469 - 10/12/13 04:35 AM

Yes, it is truly an excellent job. Looks great, should be highly functional. Are you planning all computer related stuff in the warm room?

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EricP
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Reged: 11/09/07

Loc: Dallas, Texas
Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6141112 - 10/16/13 03:08 PM

That really is a beautiful, and well constructed observatory!

Love the curved walls.


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