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dawziecat
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My observatory thread . . .
      #6156960 - 10/25/13 08:36 AM Attachment (84 downloads)

October 25, 2013 . . . here in rural Nova Scotia, Canada

Well, it begins . . .
This project may never get “done.” It has been a frustrating one, trying to carve a large enough hole in the forest adjacent to my home to allow enough sky to make it worthwhile. Contractor and equipment problems made the tree clearing alone take all summer and this far into fall. It's been sadly destructive although my forest is "falling down" overmature. Still, some Methuselah trees likely had more life left than I and I hated to see them felled. But I had no sky. . . and I still have lots of trees.

Of course, now that clearing is completed, I hope progress will accelerate a bit. It's a race with winter and Mother Nature may well win.

The first image shows the raw site, while tree removal was still underway. Hard to believe anything can come of this unholy mess!

Edited by dawziecat (10/27/13 11:48 AM)


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6156968 - 10/25/13 08:41 AM Attachment (56 downloads)

Oct. 25, 2013 . . .

Yesterday the machine dug a hole for the pier. The rocky soil nearly killed it! It was VERY tough going for the first
several feet . . . than the excavator broke through to sand.
I need a machine operator and a concrete contractor to liase now. I hope it happens! Getting these guys to show up at all has been a battle. Now I need two different contractors simultaneously.
When I see it here, this picture just creeps me out. Like I'm exhuming Jimmy Hoffa!

Edited by dawziecat (10/25/13 12:38 PM)


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6156976 - 10/25/13 08:46 AM Attachment (52 downloads)

October 25, 2013 . . .

My Dan's Piers top plate awaits the concrete contractor.


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tim57064
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6156995 - 10/25/13 08:58 AM

OMG Terry, Glad to see you have made some progress on the deforestation.
Very Happy to see that you have started a thread here.
It appears,the worst part is over though,correct?
What are your plans for the size of the OBS? Are you planning a warm room or just the Roll Off Roof OBS itself and remotely running it.
Hopefully you will be able to make it big enough for more than one pier as it is nice to have more than one scope set up at the same time.
I was not able to do so because of the added expense.
Good luck and keep us posted with plenty of pic's.


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6157076 - 10/25/13 09:50 AM

Hi Tim:

I hope the worst is over!

Concrete guy is a few minutes out. Equipment operator is here now.

I am building a 10X14 ft Skyshed roll-off. Or, at least, that is the plan. It is located about 60 feet from my house. No warm room. I have a shed-maker to do the structure. He builds very nice stuff but a roll-off roof is new to him. I showed him the Skyshed plans and he is game.
Plan is to build the sections separately in his shop and carry them in by hand or cart as, tracked vehicles excepted, there is not vehicle access immediate to the shed site.

Hoping for a pier by day's end. If that happens, my confidence in this whole project will soar immeasurably!

One pier is hard enough. And one AP1100 is expensive enough.
I will be satisfied with one of each!

There is some water that seeped into the hole overnight. I hope not enough to delay things.


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6157275 - 10/25/13 11:37 AM Attachment (51 downloads)

October 25, 2013 . . .

Probably no concrete until Monday. But the tube is in place, backfilled and, at least, the site no longer looks like an open grave.
And I don't have to worry about creatures of the forest tumbling into it during the night. When I excavated an addition thirty years ago, every morning I would have to escort snakes and frogs to safety after they tumbled in during the night. Never knew there was so much wildlife active during the dark hours!

Edited by dawziecat (10/25/13 12:49 PM)


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Mirzam
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6157337 - 10/25/13 12:15 PM

Hopefully there is a footer under the tube? Some bracing on the sides of the tube would also be helpful if you want it to stay plumb. Don't think you can get away without it.

JimC


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Mirzam]
      #6157376 - 10/25/13 12:29 PM

Thanks, Jim.

A footer? Well there is a BF-28 under there. ( Bigfoot Systems ). I'll discuss the bracing issue with the contractor. He's a neighbour and pretty experienced in working with concrete(more than 30 years!). This is far from his first "tube job" but he's never done a telescope pier before. There will be 4 pieces of rebar as well.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6157380 - 10/25/13 12:31 PM

Wow! From what looked like an impossible astro site, it's certainly opened up now for great viewing!

Thanks for starting your thread, we love to follow along with builds of others; and definitely are looking forward to following yours!


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6157398 - 10/25/13 12:42 PM

The bigfoot looks like a good product. I'm not certain how it avoids the need for bracing except by providing some degree of side support to the tube base. Still, a tall tube filled with concrete has a mighty big tipping moment. A few 2x4 braces would provide cheap insurance.

I had a cabin built a couple years ago by a contractor who thought he could get away without bracing the 18 piers used for the foundation. He ended up having to remove three of them as they had tilted out of alignment and out of plumb. It was not an easy job to do in a confined space.

JimC


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Mirzam]
      #6157429 - 10/25/13 12:59 PM

I'll be sure to bring it up, Jim. I'll make sure I have 2X4s available for use too. I sure wouldn't want this to go wrong!

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6158840 - 10/26/13 10:00 AM

Terry,A 10'x14' is what I had in my mind originally yet I had to opt for the 10'x12'. That extra 2 feet adds more exponentially over the entire build and is what kept me from doing it. I wanted to be able to set up 2 scopes at the same time. Water under the bridge now.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6158924 - 10/26/13 10:49 AM

Terry,

Your observatory build will be fun to watch. You definately have/had some obstacles. You have things well in hand and even some valuable advice from members here. Someday I hope to have some sort of observatory...most likely will be a POD.

Off topic...I enjoyed going on your website and loved the story of Ernie. And I always appreciate hearing of people who are concerned and will rescue even the smallest creatures. I once made ladders for the toads to be able to get out of the window wells around the house I grew up in. Thanks for your caring.

Back on topic, your pier plate is really nice looking. Can't wait to see it mounted. But don't rush anything because of all of us.
It will be fun to watch your build.

Best,


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Agatha]
      #6159214 - 10/26/13 01:41 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

"Toad ladders?"
Well done! No, I don't allow any "suffering" I can possibly forestall. Even the guys whose image is attached here are "escorted to safety" when they seek shelter in my home in the forest. They belong here. I am just a visitor!

I admire the folks here who are building or have built their own observatories. That was my plan but I found it too daunting and have found people who can do this better and FAR faster than I could. Now that the heavy de-forestation equipment has finally left, I have a dependable contractor/neighbour to do the pier and a fellow who makes his living building garden sheds, playhouses and cabins to do the structure. He seems as eager as I am!

For the first time, I can confidently say, "It really IS gonn'a happen!"

I am surrounded by a depressing vista of bare earth that will soon turn to mud with winter rains. I hope to be able to turn it into a lupin meadow with the help of a landscaping contractor.

Edited by dawziecat (10/26/13 01:43 PM)


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6159633 - 10/26/13 06:33 PM

Terry, I LOVE your photography. All of it, not just the night time images. Wish I knew half of what you know about shooting the night skies. Just wonderful!! Wonderful website!!

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6160046 - 10/27/13 12:36 AM

He's kind of a cute little fella, isn't he?

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #6160110 - 10/27/13 01:47 AM

I lived in the tropics for a while. I've had too many fire-ant attacks and other insect related misery to let any live that come within my house. I'll let them live if I see them outside, but inside, it's WAR!

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6160591 - 10/27/13 11:39 AM

Quote:

Terry, I LOVE your photography. All of it, not just the night time images. Wish I knew half of what you know about shooting the night skies. Just wonderful!! Wonderful website!!




Many thanks, Steve. Hard to say what's tougher, astrophotography or hummingbirds!


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: LoveChina61]
      #6160604 - 10/27/13 11:47 AM

Quote:

He's kind of a cute little fella, isn't he?




Cute? Well, maybe. I only recently found out what they were.
They are pretty harmless . . . unless you're a coniferous tree. They don't seem to have bothered my trees over the years. They are these guys.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6160968 - 10/27/13 03:34 PM

Wish I had somewhere out in the woods like you, small town but I still have to contend with 2 annoying street lights.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Mary B]
      #6160990 - 10/27/13 03:45 PM

Congrats on the new observatory! Just like you, I feel for those trees! You will love your observatory

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Mary B]
      #6162233 - 10/28/13 10:49 AM Attachment (43 downloads)

Oct. 28, 2013 . . . Disaster Forestalled!

Rained heavily overnight Saturday night! I came down Sunday morning and was horrified to see the wind had completely blown the tarp off my sonotube. It was soaked! You're not supposed to use wet, cardboard sonotubes. I guess that's obvious.

So, what to do?

I slit another tube vertically, wrapped the wet one and strapped it with rebar tie wire and the two load straps I had on hand.

Also braced the tube as shown. There is some water in the footer. I will pump that out when the concrete contractor gets here.

None of this is what you would call "ideal!"

Sometime I envy our desert-dwellers! Heck, LOTS of times I envy them!

I really want to get this pier poured!


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6162320 - 10/28/13 11:40 AM

I hope everything turns out ok for the soaked sonotube. Appreciate the rain, it's snowing here!

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6162736 - 10/28/13 03:02 PM

I hope everything turns out for you, Terry. I had to battle similar weather issues during my build two summers ago. I live in PEI, so I know your weather well. I have in-laws in NS. Where abouts are you?

Peter


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Peter L.]
      #6164693 - 10/29/13 02:14 PM

Beautiful countryside!

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Peter L.]
      #6164843 - 10/29/13 03:55 PM

Quote:

I hope everything turns out for you, Terry. I had to battle similar weather issues during my build two summers ago. I live in PEI, so I know your weather well. I have in-laws in NS. Where abouts are you?

Peter




Thanks, Peter. I am located on the South Shore, about an hour west of Halifax.


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Hilmi]
      #6164889 - 10/29/13 04:16 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

October 29, 2013 . . . Pier Day!!

My neighbour poured (shoveled, actually!) the pier today. The reinforced, soggy sonotube seemed fine. The real dangers with soggy tubes is that the pressure from the backfill can collapse them below grade. Then it's time! Didn't happen here.
Pier is setting up now and the Dan's Pier Top plate is high and level . . . and hopefully aligned N-S with sufficient accuracy. It allows plus/minus 10 degrees azimuth adjustment.

Getting this part done is a real load off my mind!

Edited by dawziecat (10/29/13 04:33 PM)


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6164905 - 10/29/13 04:27 PM

Terry, congrats!!
Michael


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6164985 - 10/29/13 05:11 PM

Congrats, all that's left to do now is wait for it to cure!

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: KenK]
      #6165034 - 10/29/13 05:40 PM

Thanks, Ken and Michael.

Gott'a tarp it again as tonight is gonn'a be another frosty one.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6165254 - 10/29/13 07:59 PM



That is just awesome Terry!



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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: nemo129]
      #6165263 - 10/29/13 08:02 PM

Terry,Am very glad to hear you were finally able to get the pier poured. Kudos to you.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6165995 - 10/30/13 09:29 AM

Quote:

Thanks, Peter. I am located on the South Shore, about an hour west of Halifax.



That's a beautiful area. My in-laws are in Shubenacadie. Good luck with your build.

Peter

Edited by Peter L. (10/30/13 01:21 PM)


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6166102 - 10/30/13 10:21 AM

Congratulations on getting the pier done!

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6168385 - 10/31/13 12:24 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

October 31, 2013 . . . Dan's Pier Plate Caveat

The pier is curing. I removed the external "reinforcing" sonotubes and had to try installing the pier plate.

There is a pitfall waiting to snare the unwary, such as myself, with the pier plate from Dan's. DON'T LEAVE THE THREADS FROM YOUR L BOLTS TOO SHORT!!!

The adapter plates that hold the mount head attach FROM BELOW!! If your L bolt threads are too short, you will not have room to get the mounting hardware up into the plate.

The instruction sheet carries the notation "approx. 4" minimum if telescope is to be used in alt-az mode."
There is nothing more about the length of threads from the L bolts to protrude from the concrete. As I was not intending any alt-az use, what did I care? So I blithely ignored that instruction thinking it did not apply to me. My L bolt threads protrude only 3". Still "do-able" but pretty tight trying to get the bolts in where they belong. This is probably unclear to those who have never actually tried to install one of these plates. The top-most nuts on the plate are NOT accessible when you are attaching the mount head adapter! The adapter plate covers them. So you can't insert the hardware and lower the plate onto the L bolts. You must attach the top nuts first.

I was afraid I would have to drill and tap the plate so the adapter would be attachable from above. That would have worked. However, as shown, the plate is fine and I have enough room, just barely, to get a 90 degree Allen key in there to tighten everything up.

This was "good luck" as opposed to "good management." But, all is well.

Next step is preparing the base. The shed guy will do that. I await his pleasure and the weather will be wet the next few days. Mud will slow things. I expect no further progress for a while.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6168399 - 10/31/13 12:33 PM

Terry,very glad to hear you averted disaster. There would have been a second chance on this.If you had to,you could have added couplers to the bolts to add height yet it is great that you did not have to do so.Whew,good job.

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6179260 - 11/06/13 01:16 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

November 6, 2013 - Hard Stuff is done!

Yesterday a few inches of crushed rock was spread and leveled with a water barrier underneath.

The shed contractor is aiming for an early December completion. He will fabricate the Skyshed in his shop, assemble it, test the roof for smooth functioning, diassamble it and transport it here for final assembly on the site.

Such is the plan at present.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6180081 - 11/06/13 10:08 PM

That is a superb site! Can't wait to see progression.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6180087 - 11/06/13 10:14 PM

Wow,now that's a steep pitch on your House.
Hope your Sky Shed does not match it. Have much wildlife around in them thar woods?


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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6180155 - 11/06/13 11:07 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

Quote:

Have much wildlife around in them thar woods?




I've been here a long time. Deer are common as are raccoons.
The most exciting thing I've seen was the fellow pictured here, photographed through the front window not quite two years ago. They may be "common" enough but it's pretty rare to actually see one!


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6180161 - 11/06/13 11:12 PM

Fantastic shot of a Lynx.Love it and have never seen one in the wild myself.

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6180171 - 11/06/13 11:17 PM

Quote:

That is a superb site! Can't wait to see progression.




Next arrival WILL be exciting! AP shipped an AP1600GTO this afternoon. It's in the hands of Fed Ex now!


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6180172 - 11/06/13 11:20 PM

Indeed a Lynx is rare to see. Great photo of a most illusive animal!

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6180415 - 11/07/13 06:57 AM

Omg Terry an AP1600 GTO would be a pipe dream for me,Kudos to You. What mount do you have already. I suppose it is a big upgrade.

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dawziecat
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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6180519 - 11/07/13 08:35 AM

Hi Tim:
I have been mountless for 10 months or so. I became addicted to astrophotography and inconsistant narrow band subs frustrated me with the mount I had. I am not sure it was really the mount's fault. There are a slew of other possible causes. I decided to eliminate them all and start from scratch with equipment that is beyond reproach.

I had planned on an AP1100 but, with the observatory definitely going to happen, I changed my order at the last minute with the mantra "you can never be overmounted" ringing in my ears.

Incidentally, not to be pedantic, the "big cat" is not actually a lynx but a bobcat. I have seen lynx in the far north (The Yukon) on two occasions . . . never within photo range. This is my first bobcat. He was hunting, attracted by a flock of ducks that waddled up to my bird feeders from a small stream that flows through my property. He was unsuccessful in his charge into the flock. In the picture he has blown his cover and is disconsolately leaving, presumably very hungry.
The flock of ducks he charged into contained a replendant wood duck drake, the first I had ever seen here in NS. I do not begrudge the cat a dinner but I would have been very upset had he gobbled up "my" woodie!

Back on topic, I have to go into town to fax a power of attorney form to FedEx to clear my mount through customs. I hope this thing gets through the process without too much in the way of bureaucratic delay!


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      #6180602 - 11/07/13 09:30 AM

I left my Dan's Pier Plate bolts at 3". You could go a small amount lower, but with concrete, it may not be worth the risk.

I'd just suggest leveling the bottom bolts, then putting the plate on with the upper bolts in the receiver and tightening the bottom bolts. It was a bit tough, but I only had to do it once.


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      #6180717 - 11/07/13 10:27 AM

Mouting the Dan's Pier Top Plate: What worked for me was the following . . .

1/ Put the three shoulder bolts into the plate and use nuts to prevent their falling back out.
2/ Insert the half inch center bolt into the plate, again using a nut to hold it and don't forget the center bushing.
3/ Put the bottom nuts on the 3/4" stainless L bolt threads.
4 Level the plate ensuring the L bolt threads do not rise so high as to interfere with the mount head adapter plate. The L bolts must not rise above the top of the plate! Not even a little bit!
5/ Tighten the plate in the level position.
6/ Place a 90 degree 5/16" Allen key into the the center bolt.
7/ Remove the retaining nuts placed in steps one and two. The hardware is now free and will fall down until the concrete stops them. They will not fall entirely out as there is insufficient room for them to do so . . . which is the problem in the first place. If there was enough room for them to fall entirely out, we wouldn't be doing all this! The center bolt can not fall all the way through either but having it supported by the Allen key before removing the retaining nut makes it easier as it's a long reach to the center of the plate for the fingers.
From there on, it's easy.


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      #6181473 - 11/07/13 05:07 PM

Fantastic site, Terry! Thanks for the photos.

You are going to love the AP. The investment is well worth it.

Keep us updated.

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Hi Tim:
I have been mountless for 10 months or so. I became addicted to astrophotography and inconsistant narrow band subs frustrated me with the mount I had. I am not sure it was really the mount's fault. There are a slew of other possible causes. I decided to eliminate them all and start from scratch with equipment that is beyond reproach.

I had planned on an AP1100 but, with the observatory definitely going to happen, I changed my order at the last minute with the mantra "you can never be overmounted" ringing in my ears.

Incidentally, not to be pedantic, the "big cat" is not actually a lynx but a bobcat. I have seen lynx in the far north (The Yukon) on two occasions . . . never within photo range. This is my first bobcat. He was hunting, attracted by a flock of ducks that waddled up to my bird feeders from a small stream that flows through my property. He was unsuccessful in his charge into the flock. In the picture he has blown his cover and is disconsolately leaving, presumably very hungry.
The flock of ducks he charged into contained a replendant wood duck drake, the first I had ever seen here in NS. I do not begrudge the cat a dinner but I would have been very upset had he gobbled up "my" woodie!







My mother's neighborhood (Sun City West, Arizona) recently had a wandering bobcat.


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The mount arrived from IL in record time . . . 44 hours from hanging up the phone with Astrophysics and the arrival of the FedEx van at my door! I was astonished to see the FedEx truck backing down the drive!! No big deal for US residents used to such service perhaps, but in Canada? Including customs clearance and payment of sales taxes? Mind boggling!

Next step will be the floor. I may (or may not) mount the AP1600 on the pier and cover it with a Telegizmo in the interim. At the moment though, I'm too busy playing with it indoors.


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      #6191392 - 11/12/13 07:08 PM

That sure is pretty!

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      #6191493 - 11/12/13 08:04 PM

Very Very Nice Terry.Congrats on the new mount.

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      #6192144 - 11/13/13 08:00 AM

Hey Terry--
When the declination axis is horizontal how tall is the centerpoint of the saddle mounting surface from the floor? (This is one measurement that helps to determine roof clearance when parking a scope).

My AP1600 is still in boxes awaiting the structure to be ready.

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Hey Terry--
When the declination axis is horizonatal how tall is the centerpoint of the saddle mounting surface from the floor? (This is one measurement that helps to determine roof clearance when parking a scope).

My AP1600 is still in boxes awaiting the structure to be ready.

JimC



JimC,You say your building an OBS? Will you be posting it here with images? I hope so as we are running out of new builds being posted on here.


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      #6192299 - 11/13/13 09:39 AM

Not wishing to hijack the thread, but I'm currently building a workshop structure next to my domed observatory. The workshop will accomodate my large dob, which is now housed in the dome. Once the dob is out of the dome I'll set up the AP1600 with a homebuilt 16" newtonian astrograph. The longer range plan is to procure an Ash dome, and to make everything controllable remotely.

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      #6192366 - 11/13/13 10:19 AM

When someone is posting and says they are in the process of an addition or currently building and OSB,I like to find out where the thread is.
If it seems as though I was trying to high jack Terry's thread ,I am so sorry.
Jim,please if you would, post your build and pic's in the Observatories forum as I believe it has some content that applies.
Terry Please keep the pic's and progress of your build coming.


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When the declination axis is horizonatal how tall is the centerpoint of the saddle mounting surface from the floor? (This is one measurement that helps to determine roof clearance when parking a scope).

My AP1600 is still in boxes awaiting the structure to be ready.

JimC




Jim:

18-5/8" to the center of the dec cap when set for my latitude (N44d34m26s). That is with the mounting ring sitting on the floor. The 1216FSA will raise that by another 1/2". This is NOT the highest point of the DEC axis when it is horizontal! When calculating clearance, keep in mind the dec motor housing protrudes well above the high point of the dec axis cap when in AP's "Park 1" position. I get about 28" for the height of the dec motor housing above the floor in Park 1.

I installed the Dan's Pier Top Plate and the 1216FSA on the pier today as pictured.

Edited by dawziecat (11/13/13 12:32 PM)


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Necessary or not, I applied anti-seize compound to all the fasteners after reading how SS threads can be especially susceptible to "galling" which sort of "heat welds' the connection. S/S Galling link.

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      #6192657 - 11/13/13 01:10 PM

I see what you mean about the dec motor being a possible factor in limiting clearance.

The height of the dec axis is also the height of the telescope optical axis when pointed due south (after adding the pier height of course). The measurement is important when thinking about wall heights and the ability to point at low elevation angles.

Thanks for the info!

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      #6196295 - 11/15/13 10:45 AM Attachment (22 downloads)

November 14, 2013 . . .

I took the AP1600 out and mounted it on the pier. It's a long way up without the floor being in place yet.
While this mount is heavy, I found it no real problem to get the 58.5lb RA/fork assembly onto the high pier although two men would have made it really easy. I used a 2X10 between the two step ladders as a rest place to transition from lifting the weight from ground level to getting it up above shoulder height and into the 1216FSA collar that holds it. I did a rough alignment with the Right-Angle Polar Alignment Scope (RAPAS) at dusk too.

Edited by dawziecat (11/15/13 10:46 AM)


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Nov 15, 2013 . . .

Support blocks for the shed were put in place and accurately leveled today. Floor will soon follow!

Edited by dawziecat (11/15/13 10:55 AM)


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      #6196404 - 11/15/13 11:43 AM

Terry, that is indeed a massive project!! We will certainly love following the build with you!

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Thanks, Carol.

Floor framing has already begun!


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Alright Terry! Way to go!

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      #6197447 - 11/15/13 11:26 PM

Best to you on the build!
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November 16, 2013 . . .

Thanks, folks.

Flooring was completed yesterday . . . and an alarming discovery made. The pier has settled! My trigonometry calculates it as being 0.8 degrees out of plumb, leaning toward the west.

Still within the ability to achieve level with the L bolt nuts but I was aghast when the shed contractor pointed it out.


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November 16, 2013 . . .

Flooring complete and tarped against the rain.


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      #6197775 - 11/16/13 08:47 AM

Terry, Did you not use treated lumber for the floor trusses ?Just curious since you had to tarp it.I had used treated for the floor trusses yet not the 3/4" plywood floor,although I did paint the floor with deck paint to protect it from the elements.
Since the pier has moved already, I hope that it stops moving/settling. It must be an optical allusion as it appears ,in the image, that you can see the tilt of it.

Edited by tim57064 (11/16/13 08:51 AM)


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      #6197813 - 11/16/13 09:26 AM

0.8° should be no big deal. As long as it has indeed settled and is not continuing to move!

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      #6198006 - 11/16/13 11:41 AM

Wood eating insects are not a big problem here. Contractor and I agreed that PT was really only necessary for lumber in direct ground contact. The floor members are well off the ground with unimpeded air flow under them. The headers and joists are 10"X10", overkill for sure but selected as the best solution to get the level of the finished floor to where it had to be to allow the roof gable end to comfortably clear the mount and OTAs when in the parked position. I'm not sure I would have bothered to tarp it but he did so anyway. A little rain on it for the week or two before it gets roofed would have done no harm IMO. It will have years to dry out!

As Dan points out, 0.8 degrees of lean is no problem . . . just a surprise as it sure was plumb the day after it was put in place. Hopefully it will not go much further.

The lean in the image is illusion as the image is of the N-S plane and the pier is plumb in that direction. The lean in the E-W plane is not detectable to my eye but a level shows it readily enough!

I am antsy to get out there and try PEMPro's Polar Alignment routine . . but the weather is not cooperating. What else is new!


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      #6198073 - 11/16/13 12:16 PM

You will love your AP1600GTO. That is an absolutely awesome mount. I've only had mine a short time and it blows me away. I know they are expensive but my goodness they are worth it.

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      #6214913 - 11/25/13 11:30 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

Well . . . brrrrr! . . .

This is precisely what I had hoped to avoid!!!

My observatory shed is pretty much built . . . but not on-site It is in the shed builder's shop awaiting delivery of the rollers for the roof. Hopefully, I will have a roof against the white stuff within a week.

In the interim, tonight is an "imaging night." I hope.

Some "observatory," eh??

Edited by dawziecat (11/25/13 11:31 AM)


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      #6215016 - 11/25/13 12:23 PM

Well, you still have a solid pier, and you're up off the cold, hard ground. Better than nothing! Hopefully, you'll be enclosed soon.

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      #6215083 - 11/25/13 12:57 PM

Terry it looks awfully cold and foreboding out there. Something could come out of those trees. Mike

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      #6215161 - 11/25/13 01:38 PM

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Some "observatory," eh??




That's what would be called an "open air observatory"

You'll appreciate the observatory that much more, when it arrives & gets setup, and you can just open the roof and start observing in a little more comfort.


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I've never seen snow before in my life, as cold as it is out there, you have to admit the view is pretty.

P.S. I heard extreme cold weather makes your body burn up calories fast. So maybe you can start the Winter Astrophotography weight loss plan. You can have all the burgers you want and still loose weight.


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I've never seen snow before in my life,






WHAT??? Mind-boggling!

But, it's good to have something to look forward to!

I am ready to go. As is Teamviewer so I don't have to be out there too long.


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      #6215283 - 11/25/13 02:31 PM

It does snow in Oman, but only rarely, maybe once a year and on a specific mountain top where people generally never go in winter unless they live there and have no choice or work at the radar station. I've never been there when it had snowed as it always happens on a weekday when I can't manage the drive there.

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      #6215724 - 11/25/13 05:31 PM

Terry,if everything is ready except for the rollers for the roof?,Hang in there, it won't be long then.
The windy nights and clouds hanging around are keeping me from doing anything.
Yet now that mine is pretty much complete,ready to use,next clear and windless night will be great.


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Terry,if everything is ready except for the rollers for the roof?




Tim:
Not quite. Roof trusses are not done as he wants the rollers in-hand before finalizing them. He hopes to get things here and erected on Thursday. So . . . soon.

Mike: You've got me scared now about what could come lurching out of those trees at me in the night!


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      #6217019 - 11/26/13 11:39 AM

That looks way too cold for this warm-weather boy!

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Wall panels came today. Clapboards will be added later.

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Well happy thanksgiving to you

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      #6221229 - 11/28/13 11:38 AM

I see an observatory taking shape!!!



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Gotta Love Those doors.
Looks as though someones lurking inside,hiding,trying to stay out of the line of fire.

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The shed guy brought a roof sample and I decided on an off-white color that looks nice.

I had to remove the AP1600 from the pier as the guy was absolutely paranoid lest it get whacked!

Took the opportunity to tweak the top plate back into level after the pier settled. Pier has not moved since last checked so it seems to have found its rest position with a 0.8 degree lean toward the west. Top plate is as level as my spirit level can make it.


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Rollers and tracks arrived. Gables are up. Work can proceed on the roof purlins and metal roofing.
No outriggers in place yet so there's no place for the roof to roll . . .other than onto the ground.


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      #6224754 - 11/30/13 08:45 AM

Terry, looking good. Excellent craftsmanship. Are those V wheels on an inverted V track?

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      #6224925 - 11/30/13 10:48 AM

Nice!! You are getting very close to having your observatory!

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Terry, looking good. Excellent craftsmanship. Are those V wheels on an inverted V track?




Hi Herman:

No, they are 3" garage door tracks. Image of a pair attached.


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Thanks, Carol. Yes, close now but a beautiful dark sky was wasted last night due to construction.

Windows mounted and roof framing complete. Steel roofing is on-site. Another week should see this useable, if still not cosmetically complete.

The roof rolls!


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      #6225255 - 11/30/13 01:54 PM

Looking good! Very cool to see a semi-prefab observatory go up. Looks like the on-site work happens really fast!

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      #6225453 - 11/30/13 03:57 PM

Almost enclosed! Cannot wait to see the finished product.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6228527 - 12/02/13 07:54 AM

You can tell from the pictures that a great deal of care is being taken in how this is put together. Something as simple as how the doors are constructed is a sign of that. You should have a great product at the end of the day.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Peter L.]
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You can tell from the pictures that a great deal of care is being taken in how this is put together. Something as simple as how the doors are constructed is a sign of that. You should have a great product at the end of the day.




Thanks, Peter. I have confidence in these guys. The boss has taken the project under his wing. It's the first removable roof shed he's ever even heard of, let alone built himself but building sheds and cottages is how he makes his living. He built a garden shed for us ten years ago and I've seen other stuff he has built too so I know he does nice stuff!

Attached is a detail of the rollers and tracks. Sheet steel roofing goes on today. He hopes to have the outriggers and clapboards on by the end of the week but all depends on weather now.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6228691 - 12/02/13 09:53 AM

Terry,When I saw the number of roller that were being used,I began to wonder what you decided to use.Thanks for the update and pic's showing what they are.
Those would have worked nicely for what I had and kept the roofs total height down,yet would have been a bit more expensive in the long run.
Glad to see you had been able to recycle a track from somewhere else. At least it appears to be a recycle track.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6228739 - 12/02/13 10:20 AM

Do you plan to roll the roof off only part way? Or is there going to be some support structure to carry the roof load when it is open? Seems like a lot to ask of the garage door rails when the full leverage of the open roof is acting on a short section of rail. Maybe a counterweight on one end would help distribute the load?

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: tim57064]
      #6228746 - 12/02/13 10:22 AM

Hi Tim:

The number of rollers, one per foot, is what the Skyshed plans call for.
We decided to go for 3" rather than the 2" in the plans.
Overkill, no doubt.


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Mirzam]
      #6228767 - 12/02/13 10:29 AM

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Do you plan to roll the roof off only part way? Or is there going to be some support structure to carry the roof load when it is open? load?

JimC




The outrigger support structure for the opened roof is just not in place yet. In the meantime, it has only been opened a little bit to test things out.

Opening it fully now would be an unmitigated catastrophe!!

I can hear the splintering and crashing!

Edited by dawziecat (12/02/13 10:32 AM)


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6228783 - 12/02/13 10:37 AM

Does seem like an interesting thought though.

A properly engineered roof structure should be able to cantilever out to the side to a certain extent without additional support. A strong two sided rail, like the garage door track only heavier, would allow the roof to put a certain amount of upward force on the rail while the other end is hanging out in the breeze. Stops could prevent the roof from going too far, and the roof that remains over the observatory could be covering a warm room. Counterweights could also be incorporated to give a little more overhang distance.

Not suggesting you do this with your observatory, of course. Just thinking out loud. I don't think I've ever seen a cantilevered ROR design. Seems like it would be doable for people that had limited footprint space.

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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6230131 - 12/02/13 08:17 PM

Lookin' really good, Terry!'
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      #6231492 - 12/03/13 01:49 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

Thanks, Michael.

Weather has turned lousy. Not snow at least but heavy rain has curtailed work until tomorrow anyway. Good progress on the steel roofing but not quite there yet.


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      #6231523 - 12/03/13 02:02 PM

Terry,Lookin' great! Just wondering if the roof was sheathed with plywood before they installed the steel? Just curious as sometimes ,depending on situation, it is not used.

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      #6231600 - 12/03/13 02:42 PM

No plywood, Tim. IMO it would just have added weight that is not necessary. There is just felt paper, as in the Skyshed plans, to prevent any condensation dripping on the gear.

Edited by dawziecat (12/03/13 02:52 PM)


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      #6233122 - 12/04/13 11:44 AM

That's going up really quickly!

What about painting the walls; you'll probably have to wait until spring, if your cold-weather location is any indication.


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      #6233222 - 12/04/13 12:33 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

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What about painting the walls; you'll probably have to wait until spring, if your cold-weather location is any indication.




Yup. I had him prime the doors in his shop in the hope it will, just maybe, minimize any warpage. Painting will indeed have to wait 'til spring. Winter rains will cause mud splashing that will have to be washed away before painting too.

Weather has been mighty cold, windy, wet and raw! Could have been snow though! Still they are working on the roof outriggers today. Roofing is not complete yet in that the ridge cap is not fully in place. Too windy for that today. Tomorrow will be colder but sunny. Roof should be complete and "ready to roll" by end of day tomorrow.


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      #6234909 - 12/05/13 09:03 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

Roof support outriggers are operational. Still some work on the ridgecap and then exterior clapboard siding.

Mount should go back in today at end-of-day.

Edited by dawziecat (12/05/13 09:05 AM)


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      #6235591 - 12/05/13 02:54 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Roof is finally complete! The ridgecap proved a trial. It was preformed for a steeper slope. In adjusting it to fit the very shallow slope here, it got creased and had to be replaced. Took a lot longer than anyone would have thought.


Clapboard siding going on now. Observatory is "useable."
Mount is back in place.

All before significant snowfall!

Should be "finished" Saturday due to expected rain tomorrow.

Edited by dawziecat (12/05/13 02:57 PM)


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: dawziecat]
      #6235799 - 12/05/13 05:08 PM

Looking good!

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      #6237177 - 12/06/13 11:39 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

I contacted, or rather tried to contact, Skysheds about buying their jack kit. I got no response by either email, nor a phone message left?

Shed contractor said he didn't need 'em anyway and used scaffolding jacks instead.


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      #6237183 - 12/06/13 11:42 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

The weather remains typical for our early winter. Depressingly dreary and raw with drizzle and fog.

The work inches along as well as the rain, between the drizzle, allows.

Siding is well underway.

Only the gable ends remain to be sided now plus a few odds 'n ends here and there until completion.

Edited by dawziecat (12/06/13 01:25 PM)


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      #6237305 - 12/06/13 12:43 PM

Nice looking building, Terry!
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      #6238349 - 12/06/13 11:58 PM

Looks like it's coming along nicely Terry. The clapboard siding looks great too.

Edited by tim57064 (12/06/13 11:59 PM)


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      #6242517 - 12/09/13 12:08 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Thanks, guys.

It is now finished. Attached is what the shed guy came up with to lock the roof against wind movement. Elegant, effective, easy, no additional hardware required.


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Next season, painting, flower boxes under the windows, landscaping and power. This winter I will have to make do with an extension cable. I can get to work making a few amenities, like a work table and some utilitarian shelving.

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      #6242698 - 12/09/13 01:45 PM

Congrats!

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      #6250444 - 12/13/13 08:38 AM

Looks awesome Terry. How about the walkway up to the doors? With all the rain you get in NS, I can see a mud pit there without some form of walkway. It would be a shame to track debris into your beautiful observatory.

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      #6250481 - 12/13/13 09:05 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Thanks Nemo and Hilmi:

Yes, a walkway would be somewhere between "nice" and absolutely essential!

As in the attached pic . . . conditions are somewhat "unfavourable" for anything much in this regard at this late date.

Next season!

Edited by dawziecat (12/13/13 11:48 AM)


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      #6250783 - 12/13/13 11:53 AM

Oh, I just asked a question re: your siding in your other thread....

I love, love, love the natural look of the siding.


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      #6251194 - 12/13/13 03:55 PM

Terry,Have you decided on what to use for closing the gaps on either end to eliminate snow or debris from getting inside?

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      #6251544 - 12/13/13 06:53 PM

Hi Tim:

The gaps are pretty small. My shed guy did pretty well in that regard too. I'll live with it through a storm or two and see how it goes. We've only had a couple of inches so far and I saw no snow in there at all. But, of course, the real test is yet to come. No doubt there will be some driven snow penetration, especially where the tracks enter the building.

Also, my shed is pretty rough in there. I don't plan on gussying it up too much. I thought some Husky cabinets and a stainless steel bench from Home Depot would be good.

I'd sure like to get some electrical in there but the trenching season is over, I'll have to make do with an extension cord until spring.


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      #6550284 - 05/28/14 02:01 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Well, here we are! Winter, an unending winter it seemed at times, finally came to an end.

I
1/wired
2/ painted
3/ installed some cabinets, and . . .

I think I'm done!

"I'm done!" Not the whole project is done. I need a walkway and some landscaping. That is a contractor's job! I have one. We have agreed on price and what is to be done. Hopefully it will take place this summer.

But I have a functioning observatory that I am happy with. There were too many times when I wondered if it would really happen.

Final pics follow . . .

Edited by dawziecat (05/28/14 02:06 PM)


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Interior . . .

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A resident . . .

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      #6550317 - 05/28/14 02:22 PM

WOW!!!! That is one awesome setup and building you have! Great job and have fun!

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      #6550409 - 05/28/14 03:13 PM

Very nice observatory build.

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      #6550701 - 05/28/14 06:01 PM

Good stuff, Terry....looks like a winner to me!!

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      #6551635 - 05/29/14 08:33 AM

Congratulations and may you enjoy many clear skies!
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      #6551705 - 05/29/14 09:25 AM

Terry, I've been following your thread from the beginning, and am so delighted you now have your observatory! I'm sure you will agree that it was well worth the build & time to what it is now. It's certainly a beauty, with lots of room that you will fill up very soon!

Now you will have to come up with a name for your new observatory!

Congratulations!


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      #6556160 - 05/31/14 09:05 PM

Hi all,

So great to see so many cool observatory pics out there!

Heres one of my setup, its too overcrowded so I'm building a dedicated solar observatory soon for my Lunt 152mm. The black floor tiles (rubber gym tile) heat up too much during the day.

Heres the link:

http://bajadarkskies.com/observatory/

cheers

Mike


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Re: My observatory thread . . . new [Re: mikewirths]
      #6561197 - 06/03/14 02:15 PM

I like it!

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      #6562633 - 06/04/14 08:35 AM

That really turned out looking good- and I personally approve of the robust construction!

-Rich


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