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Equipment Discussions >> Observatories

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Jimmy
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Reged: 01/01/05

Loc: Tucson, AZ
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #935077 - 04/30/06 03:05 PM Attachment (1131 downloads)

My observatory, completed less than a month ago, is a room addition to our home. The roof is a 7' X 7' roll-off powered by a golf cart garage door opener. The scope sits on a Pier-Tech 2 which will lift it 20 inches higher than position in the picture. The Pier-Tech 2 is on an 18" diameter concrete pier sunken 4 feet into the ground and is 39" above the floor (deck level).
Building commentary and pix can be found at
http://www.weatherwatchplus.com/observatory/
I still don't have a name for the observatory. Possiblities: SkyWatch Observatory (I have a business called WeatherWatch) or Hidden Valley Observatory (the name of our little subdivision).
Jimmy


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Posaunist
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Reged: 09/17/03

Loc: Arkansas, US
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jimmy]
      #935090 - 04/30/06 03:21 PM

Very nice, Jimmy! I really like your pier.

It's a good thing that your AZ humidity, or lack there of, is nothing like it is here in AR. That TV wouldn't last very long with the dew problems I've experienced.

Very nice!


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Merlin J Raymond
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Reged: 11/07/05

Loc: Hillsboro Or
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Posaunist]
      #953572 - 05/12/06 11:03 PM Attachment (1009 downloads)

Well I don't know if mine is as nice as most of these but it is unique. Some of you have already but what the hey.
Star Shooter Mobile Observatory

Edited by Merlin J Raymond (05/12/06 11:05 PM)


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NeoDinian
Experienced Postmaster
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Reged: 10/05/05

Loc: Rockford Illinois
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Merlin J Raymond]
      #953656 - 05/12/06 11:58 PM

^^^ Soon to be Upgraded, right Magic Man?

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Merlin J Raymond
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Reged: 11/07/05

Loc: Hillsboro Or
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: NeoDinian]
      #953795 - 05/13/06 03:43 AM Attachment (796 downloads)

Jeff word is my dome will arrive sometime next week. Not sure how long before it sits atop the trailer. There may be other plans in the works. My turn to be quiet now. Lets just say it may get a life of it's own. Another pic just for good measure.

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NDR
sage


Reged: 02/05/07

Loc: Union City, Michigan
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #1513106 - 03/29/07 11:26 AM Attachment (885 downloads)

This is my obsevatory for now. Mainly it just houses my telescopes.

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Tom yates
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Reged: 03/28/07

Loc: United Kingdom
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #1513618 - 03/29/07 04:31 PM

Some fantastic observatory's i can only dream about the build quality and craftmanship, Fantastic.

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SometimesKen
professor emeritus


Reged: 07/15/05

Loc: Bad Moon Observatory
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Tom yates]
      #1514208 - 03/29/07 10:29 PM

Here's the "Bad Moon Observatory" ! It's not quite done yet in this pic, but close enough! The base is 9'8" X 9'8", the floor to top of dome height is 120". Gotta love those ExploraDomes, with a little imagination and basic skills anyone can have a backyard obs. for cheap.



Edited by SometimesKen (03/30/07 08:46 AM)


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Bob Griffiths
Getting Grouchy
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Reged: 10/10/05

Loc: Frederick Maryland
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: SometimesKen]
      #1514586 - 03/30/07 07:49 AM Attachment (971 downloads)

Yere is My Smiling Irish Eyes Observatpry... Not quite finished, going to wait a full years to finish the inside (sept 07), as I want to see if I have any moisture or heat problems to deal with before paneling the walls etc.

Bob G.

Its an Exploardome on a 7 foot tall 10x12 elevated platform..
Total cost (electric,paint,materials platform etc = $2200 BEST accesory I ever "invested in)


Edited by Bob Griffiths (03/30/07 11:23 AM)


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StarWrangler
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 09/03/04

Loc: Three Rivers, MI U.S.A>
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #1514697 - 03/30/07 09:17 AM

Here's Mine,

http://windyridgeobservatory.blogspot.com

Alan
Windy Ridge Observatory


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NHRob
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Reged: 08/27/04

Loc: New Hampshire
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #1514711 - 03/30/07 09:24 AM Attachment (807 downloads)

My 12' x 8' rolloff ... almost done. Just need to finish siding the exterior.

Rob

Edited by NHRob (03/30/07 09:25 AM)


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Richard Scott
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 07/25/06

Loc: Tampa FL
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #1514947 - 03/30/07 11:17 AM Attachment (838 downloads)

My Sanctum Santorum the Blue Moon Observatory.
Built from pier to padlock for just over a grand.


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Ivan Gastaldo
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Reged: 02/21/05

Loc: Coconut Creek, FL
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard Scott]
      #1515625 - 03/30/07 05:23 PM Attachment (858 downloads)

OK, here is my humble observatory, and still have a little bit of details to finish up before it is 100% ready...

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Jeff Young
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Reged: 08/04/05

Loc: Ireland
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Ivan Gastaldo]
      #1520866 - 04/02/07 04:03 PM

Ivan --

Great to see that you re-built! I was so bummed for you after the hurricane. Well done.

Did you go with the same design the second time around? It looks similar, but my memory isn't what it used to be....

-- Jeff.


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Ivan Gastaldo
super member


Reged: 02/21/05

Loc: Coconut Creek, FL
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #1520933 - 04/02/07 04:51 PM

LOL! Thanks Jeff!
Indeed, same design (a little smaller), but it is being reinforced all around...
I also have a full set of shutters (to reinforce the whole building) that I'll be able to use in case needed...


Clear skies!


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Pedro Scorza
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Reged: 07/14/05

Loc: Puerto Rico
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jimmy]
      #1523016 - 04/03/07 05:23 PM Attachment (843 downloads)




Here is mine!


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Rick Needham
Vendor (ExploraDome)
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Reged: 09/20/05

Loc: Fort Ann, NY
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Pedro Scorza]
      #1527445 - 04/06/07 01:48 AM Attachment (771 downloads)

Here is Northern Skies Observatory with an 8' diameter
Explora-dome and a little white dusting
of snow


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droid
rocketman
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Reged: 08/29/04

Loc: Conneaut, Ohio
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Ivan Gastaldo]
      #1527610 - 04/06/07 07:25 AM

Thats very nice Ivan , the floor,, tile???? glad to see your back up and running again.

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swalker
Imaging Editor - Sky & Telescope
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Reged: 01/22/07

Loc: 42.9225°N, 71.2242°W
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: droid]
      #1528236 - 04/06/07 01:43 PM

Here's mine, still need to gelcoat the repairs I did:
http://masil-astro-imaging.netfirms.com/FTP/MASIL%20east%207.jpg
Got the dome very used, drove it up from Maryland, then fixed it up.
This page has some pics of the floor construction:
http://masil-astro-imaging.netfirms.com/Observatories.html


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Bob Griffiths
Getting Grouchy
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Reged: 10/10/05

Loc: Frederick Maryland
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: swalker]
      #1528367 - 04/06/07 03:15 PM

SWALKER....

Did you buy that from a Physician in Potomac Maryland close to DC... If so you beat me to it by a few hours...last spring of 2006

Congrads...

Bob G.


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