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Charlie B
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Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site
      #6238660 - 12/07/13 09:23 AM Attachment (165 downloads)

I've been wanting this for a long time and, getting ready to retire to an area without severe light pollution, my wife relented. Here is the current progress. Weather has slowed down the construction.

Regards,

Charlie B


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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6238664 - 12/07/13 09:25 AM Attachment (129 downloads)

The view from the other side.

Charlie B


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Reged: 05/18/05

Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6238684 - 12/07/13 09:43 AM

Ummmmm....observatory or B&B? Very nice! I'm looking forward to the finished product and the indoor pictures.

David


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Midnight Dan
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Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Hilton, NY, Yellow Zone (Bortl...
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6238689 - 12/07/13 09:48 AM

Very nice! What are your plans for a pier?

-Dan


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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6238691 - 12/07/13 09:51 AM

The pier is a Pier-tech and The base will be with chimney blocks.

Regards,

Charlie B


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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6238695 - 12/07/13 09:53 AM

Charlie,First of all I want to say,Great Job.
Are you planing a pier for this or just setting up on the floor?


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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6238698 - 12/07/13 09:55 AM

Whoops ,Dan got in before I did.Excellent choice though for the pier.

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mikey cee
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Reged: 01/18/07

Loc: bellevue ne.
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: tim57064]
      #6238739 - 12/07/13 10:26 AM

Charlie quite a novel idea executed there! I like it. Mike

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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: mikey cee]
      #6238811 - 12/07/13 11:07 AM

I got the idea from Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series "Building a Roll-Off Roof Observatory" by John Hicks. Figure 1.33 shows a tall brick pier and, since the Pier-tech baseplate is 12 x 12 inches, brick or block seemed appropriate.

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Charlie B


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Starman27
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Loc: Illinois, Iowa
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6238842 - 12/07/13 11:22 AM

Charlie,

Great design and construction job. Are the supports 4X4?


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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Starman27]
      #6238953 - 12/07/13 12:23 PM

The supports are 6x6.

Charlie B


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JJK
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 04/28/08

Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6238976 - 12/07/13 12:34 PM

If you need a hand, let me know. I'm not too far from you.

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Footbag
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Reged: 04/13/09

Loc: Scranton, PA
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: JJK]
      #6239004 - 12/07/13 12:44 PM

Awesome observatory! I thought I had the highest roof supports I have seen at 12'. You have me beat by a lot. How long are those 6x6' roof supports?

My wife and I stood them up ourselves. She is still cursing me over it.


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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: JJK]
      #6239089 - 12/07/13 01:27 PM

Thanks, but the observatory is at Lake Anna, not Sterling.

Charlie B


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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Footbag]
      #6239099 - 12/07/13 01:33 PM

The deck is 12' high and the supports are 18'.

Charlie B


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Footbag
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Reged: 04/13/09

Loc: Scranton, PA
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6239166 - 12/07/13 02:02 PM

So about 300 LBS...

I don't know why, maybe because of how intimidating they were, but raising them was the proudest moment of my build. My wife helped, and we did the work of four larger guys.


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Aquarist
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Reged: 08/27/12

Loc: Illinois
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Footbag]
      #6239197 - 12/07/13 02:16 PM

Impressive!!

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csa/montana
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6239265 - 12/07/13 02:52 PM

Charlie, that is going to be a fantastic observatory! I love the walkway right into it; you certainly will have a bird's eye view of the night skies!

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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Footbag]
      #6239333 - 12/07/13 03:38 PM

Quote:

I don't know why, maybe because of how intimidating they were, but raising them was the proudest moment of my build. My wife helped, and we did the work of four larger guys.




I'm not the person who raised them. I had two younger guys do it as, I mentioned before, this is my retirement house and I'm getting a little too old to be doing this type of work (67). It really takes much too long to heal when you tear muscles, which over the last 10 years I've done numerous times.

Charlie B


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Charlie B
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Sterling, Virginia
Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6239336 - 12/07/13 03:41 PM

Quote:

I love the walkway right into it




I do to, but it was my wife's idea. I was willing to go with a ladder, but she said she did not want me climbing up and down at night. After 42 years of marriage, she still looks after me.

Charlie B


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