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Midnight Dan
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6239391 - 12/07/13 04:18 PM

That long walkway with the rails, and the observatory on stilts, gives it sort of a Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse kind of appeal. Very cool!

-Dan


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6239423 - 12/07/13 04:33 PM

Quote:

That long walkway with the rails, and the observatory on stilts, gives it sort of a Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse kind of appeal.




Funny that you should mention that. My wife calls it Charlie's treehouse.

Charlie B


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stmguy
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6239437 - 12/07/13 04:37 PM

Very impressive! Great job there

Norm


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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6239476 - 12/07/13 05:01 PM

Quote:

Quote:

That long walkway with the rails, and the observatory on stilts, gives it sort of a Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse kind of appeal.




Funny that you should mention that. My wife calls it Charlie's treehouse.

Charlie B




Sound like the start of a good observatory name.


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Footbag]
      #6239509 - 12/07/13 05:17 PM

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Sound like the start of a good observatory name.





You are right. In the future, that's the name.

Charlie B


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Midnight Dan
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6239625 - 12/07/13 06:24 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Sound like the start of a good observatory name.





You are right. In the future, that's the name.

Charlie B




+1

-Dan


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astrodog73
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6239962 - 12/07/13 10:17 PM

It's a work of art so far, I take my hat off to you....
Is the height of the supports to clear local obstructions, or flood protection??


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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: astrodog73]
      #6240193 - 12/08/13 02:46 AM

Having taken a tumble a few times on my wet decking be careful walking on that wet wood unless it doesn't get slippery

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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: astrodog73]
      #6240400 - 12/08/13 09:01 AM

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Is the height of the supports to clear local obstructions, or flood protection??




The height is for 2 reasons: 1 keep the walkway close to the level of the house deck and 2 enable seeing over the house to the west. The view is to the horizon NE, E, SE; to about 35 degrees N and NW; to 30 degrees W; and about 40 degrees S and SW.

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Charlie B


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: seafury]
      #6240402 - 12/08/13 09:04 AM

It is relatively level and should not be too bad, but with ice, snow or just wet, it can get slippery.

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Charlie


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6242233 - 12/09/13 09:19 AM Attachment (51 downloads)

At least the roof was on before yesterday's snow and ice storm.

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Charlie B


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TCW
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6248180 - 12/12/13 12:26 AM

Very nice. As a builder I would suggest more braces and to go as deep and big as possible for your pier foundation. At least 2 cubic yards of concrete with the bottom below frost line if applicable. Stub up plenty of rebar for your pier.

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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: TCW]
      #6249072 - 12/12/13 01:26 PM

That's the plan. Thanks!

Charlie B


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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6249645 - 12/12/13 06:23 PM

That is very cool, Charlie. Enormous undertaking, but that will be an amazing setup! Are you planning to heat and cool it, when you are not out using it? Dehumidifier?
Just curious. If this hobby sucks me in as I believe it will, there may be a small scale observatory in my future, and I have always wondered about the effects of being outside, on equipment.
Congrats, looks very well done!
Kyle


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: ManicSponge]
      #6249890 - 12/12/13 08:59 PM

I'm not planning to either heat or cool it. However, the only time the equipment will be exposed to the elements is when observing. With the roof closed, heat and humidity in the summer may be an issue and I may need to do something, but I don't think that cold will be a big problem. It's been very cold this week (in the teens), but this is unusual for this area. I will have power and may want to keep a light bulb or some small heat source, but now I don't know.

Regards,

Charlie B


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6264435 - 12/20/13 08:37 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Almost finished! The pier base was set in concrete this afternoon.

Regards,

Charlie B


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Charlie B
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6264441 - 12/20/13 08:40 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

The pier!

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Dr Morbius
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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Charlie B]
      #6264651 - 12/20/13 11:34 PM

Beautiful! Keep those pictures coming!!!

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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Dr Morbius]
      #6264959 - 12/21/13 09:17 AM

This is a real class act!

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Re: Finally, an observatory at a reasonably dark site new [Re: Starman27]
      #6265053 - 12/21/13 10:11 AM

Charlie that is one heck of a setup there. As a former pro carpenter with finish a framing expertise I must commend you.....very well laid out and executed. Looks like the next expense will be a replacement weed trimmer! Mike

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