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StarWrangler
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Reged: 09/03/04

Loc: Three Rivers, MI U.S.A>
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: stmguy]
      #5473437 - 10/16/12 03:06 PM

Cool Observatory Norm,


Alan O.


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SKYGZR
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 08/14/09

Loc: Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy...
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #5474408 - 10/17/12 02:16 AM

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Skygzr
Congratulations on your new observatory.If you are like most of us I'm sure your hours of observing will greatly increase in your new home. I thought I saw small patches of snow in one picture .How well will your roof system handle the extra weight?




It's not really "new" per-se, it's been in operation for a few years now. If you have looked at the build pic's, you'll notice that the roof is only 2x2's. Remarkably, with the rather low slope, and only 2x2's for support, it handles a snow load fairly well.

That being said, if/when it really piles up, I will scrape it off. It's had about 6-10" on it in the past.

From Dec. '08 after scraping



And after another scrape



These are from this past Jan. first scrape already done



If I hadn't been around, it may have been a problem, yet after it was first built (Started in June '03 / roughly completed in Sept.) there was a snow/freezing rain period that I was unable to be at it's location for a week. It handled about 6" worth of snow, and then freezing rain on top of that without fail.


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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #5492978 - 10/28/12 11:25 AM Attachment (157 downloads)

I just finished building a roll off roof observatory in my backyard for my Celestron CGEM 1100. I like the convenience of getting it ready to go in a few minutes even if it's not in the best location. It is in a small Nebraska town that is fairly dark though. It's based on a friend of mines and has a slanted roof so I can view the south without dropping down a wall. Gravity pulls the roof down and a hoist closes it, and it rolls on a garage door track. I'm looking forward to using it a lot.
Bill


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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bhedges]
      #5492980 - 10/28/12 11:27 AM Attachment (139 downloads)

Here's another view of the retracted roof.

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mikey cee
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Reged: 01/18/07

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bhedges]
      #5493132 - 10/28/12 01:31 PM

Hi Bill welcome to CN. Nice to see another fellow Cornhusker with a dedicated outside setup. My machinist friend has an observatory also with an 11" Celestron too. I only know of a few of us although I'm sure there are more. I like the nice looking siding and roof panels. Makes everything neat and clean looking. Mike

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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5493314 - 10/28/12 04:17 PM

Thanks Mike. My last telescope was a small refractor I got when I was 10, so I really enjoy upgrading to this one, which is a retirement gift to myself. It also gave me a chance to build something which I also enjoy doing. I am also lucky to have a few other astronomer friends in this area and the local astronomy club NENAC to get good advice from.
Bill


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: SKYGZR]
      #5493330 - 10/28/12 04:29 PM

I'd say your observatory has passed the weather test!

Thanks for posting the photos of it!


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bhedges]
      #5493334 - 10/28/12 04:31 PM

Bill, Welcome to Cloudy Nights, especially to our little corner here in Observatories!

That's a slick looking roof! It's "kitty approved", also!

I like the idea of your corner shelves; makes use of space nicely!


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Mary B
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Reged: 05/21/10

Loc: Minnesota
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5493365 - 10/28/12 04:55 PM

Nice Bill and I like the observacat

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Goodchild
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Reged: 12/31/08

Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Mary B]
      #5493458 - 10/28/12 06:01 PM

Could your setup be called a catapproveoptic?

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RobertED
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Reged: 07/11/03

Loc: Smithfield, RI
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5493498 - 10/28/12 06:33 PM

Great set-up Bill!! Especially love the "attack-cat" on duty!!!

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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5493508 - 10/28/12 06:37 PM

Because of space limitations, I could only make it 8' square, so the corner desks do save space. My observatory cat does like to hang out there and doesn't limit herself to leaving just through the door. When I'm observing, she sometimes jumps on my shoulder like she wants to have a look too. Perhaps she knows its a catadioptric telescope.

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Greyhaven
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Reged: 05/11/04

Loc: Greater downtown Maine
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bhedges]
      #5493596 - 10/28/12 07:41 PM

Bill
I like it! I think that if I had not needed 6 ft.I wall height to avoid local street lights and nearby well lighted school, that could of worked for me too. Great job and welcome to CN.
Be Well
Grey


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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #5493636 - 10/28/12 08:15 PM

Thanks, my north wall is 6.5' to block some light, and also so I don't have to duck under to enter. The south wall is 4.5' and there is one pesky streetlight that I'm able to block with a canvas curtain on my porch that rolls down. I'm even able to reach over the low part of the wall and grab some raspberries from the patch that surrounds two sides of the observatory.

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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: bhedges]
      #5493804 - 10/28/12 10:15 PM

Cool Observatory Bill,

And that is a real

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Alan O.


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Starman27
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Reged: 01/29/06

Loc: Illinois, Iowa
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #5494272 - 10/29/12 09:15 AM

Nice job on your observatory. I like the roof solution. I see you have a cat inside and outside the observatory. It's good to have an observing companion.

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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Starman27]
      #5495137 - 10/29/12 06:42 PM

The cat is like a variation of Schrödinger's cat. She might be in or out at the same time, only the observation of her collapses her wave function. Once I opened the roof and she was riding on top of it.

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bhedges
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Nebraska
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bhedges]
      #5496681 - 10/30/12 06:52 PM

I uploaded a short video of my observatory on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Rkf8SnYXs


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RobertED
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Reged: 07/11/03

Loc: Smithfield, RI
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bhedges]
      #5496746 - 10/30/12 07:23 PM

Great video!! Looks like the "boss" went right "to work" the minute he/she got in!!! NICE!! I really like your observatory!! I too have a C-11 though on an Atlas mount...somewhat similar to your setup!! Perhaps someday!........

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Scott Horstman
Vendor - Backyard Observatories
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Reged: 03/11/04

Loc: Here, There and Everywhere
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! [Re: bhedges]
      #5496815 - 10/30/12 08:21 PM

Quote:

I uploaded a short video of my observatory on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Rkf8SnYXs




Nicely done

If that alien girl ever appears in my eyepiece, I'm running for the hills.


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