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Rick Needham
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Post a pic. of your observatory!
      #906162 - 04/10/06 05:40 AM

Heck...all the other forums are "doin' it". Post a pic. of your reflector...post a pic. of your refractor...post a pic. of your mount

Have an observatory? Used to have an observatory? Have a mobile observatory? Used to have a mobile observatory? Does it have a dome? Does it have a roll-off roof? Did you convert a plastic storage shed into an observatory? Why not post a picture or two then? Come on! If you've never posted a picture of your observatory here in the Observatories Forum, and you have one, now's the time to show everyone what you've got (Buyers of an Explora-Dome will be granted a 6 months "Grace Period"...myself included)


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John_Gillies
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #906202 - 04/10/06 07:13 AM Attachment (3468 downloads)

The Observalavatory!

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DARKSOLSTICE2
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #906984 - 04/10/06 07:12 PM Attachment (3000 downloads)

heres mine!

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BradH
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: DARKSOLSTICE2]
      #907074 - 04/10/06 08:07 PM Attachment (2385 downloads)

Heres a link with alot of my shyshed http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=Observatory&Number=418155&fpart=&PHPSESSID=

Here are a few pictures

Brad


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #907168 - 04/10/06 09:07 PM Attachment (2883 downloads)

Here's my somewhat-cluttered dormer observatory (above the pole barn).

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Rick Needham
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #907525 - 04/11/06 05:22 AM

These are all fine looking observatories (and observalavatories) for sure Thank you

I KNOW there must be more out there
I'll keep for more!


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Bob Antol
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #907736 - 04/11/06 10:05 AM Attachment (2769 downloads)

Stargate 4173 at Grimaldi Tower

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Bob Antol
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Antol]
      #907743 - 04/11/06 10:06 AM Attachment (2249 downloads)

... and one other I like

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #907790 - 04/11/06 10:40 AM Attachment (2359 downloads)

Hi - this is me and my homebuilt domes 1975 todate

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Jeff Young
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: nytecam]
      #908275 - 04/11/06 05:23 PM Attachment (1950 downloads)

Winter:

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Jeff Young
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #908277 - 04/11/06 05:25 PM Attachment (1431 downloads)

Spring:

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Jeff Young
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #908282 - 04/11/06 05:30 PM Attachment (1284 downloads)

Under construction:

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photonovore
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #911095 - 04/14/06 03:55 AM

My modest but comfy little refuge from earthly reality :



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Jeff Young
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: photonovore]
      #911121 - 04/14/06 05:45 AM

Mardi --

Love the black & white Unitron look. The whole place has a sort of art-deco feel. (You should put up a big poster of the Chrysler building somewhere inside.)

Cheers,
-- Jeff.


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Pedestal
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: photonovore]
      #911209 - 04/14/06 08:18 AM

Can you post a few details about the building proper? The roof design looks very interesting.
Hubert


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Pedestal]
      #911399 - 04/14/06 11:03 AM



My humble location


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photonovore
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Pedestal]
      #911548 - 04/14/06 12:52 PM

Quote:

Can you post a few details about the building proper? The roof design looks very interesting.
Hubert




Here you go.


Jeff, art deco..ok. Dunno abt the Chrysler building, I just have a portrait of Copernicus hanging in there now...


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #911855 - 04/14/06 04:41 PM

An ok one of my current 17.5" setup at the observatory.



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bluestar
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: photonovore]
      #911990 - 04/14/06 06:16 PM

Mardi,
Love your website and refuge. Been contemplating interior colors myself and I like your white "treatment". Everything has that proper astro feel to it


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Michael Rapp
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: bluestar]
      #912018 - 04/14/06 06:30 PM

Mardi -- the entire of your observatory is just beautiful! I love the black/white thing. The color of the cart, the frames of the frames of the photos, the focusers and mounting rings set in all of that white. I love it.

What material is covering the floor?


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photonovore
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #912120 - 04/14/06 07:35 PM

Michael, Pat, thanks for the kind words!

I thought about doing the interior in a dark color but decided it would be unnecessarily oppressive-- especially considering I am mostly a bright object observer by choice as well as necessity anyway. White is definately a cheeerier color!

The floor is finished with glossy vinyl tile. The local dollar store had 3packs for $1 each so the whole floor only cost me 40$ to finish.


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Michael Rapp
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: photonovore]
      #912143 - 04/14/06 07:58 PM

Vinyl tile....that chair obviously glides right over it.

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Pedestal
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: photonovore]
      #913455 - 04/15/06 07:36 PM

Mardi:
I have been looking at various homebuilt observatories for several weeks, now, and I have to say that is one of the most innovative designs I've seen. I might shamelessly steal it!
Thanks for the additional info,
Hubert


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Todd
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #913476 - 04/15/06 07:54 PM

February 2006.



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Rick Needham
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Todd]
      #913484 - 04/15/06 08:02 PM

OMG! Look at all that snow!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #913574 - 04/15/06 09:37 PM

I was just thinking the same thing..

My god, thats about 3 foot worth, and it looks to all be from one storm..


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Galaxyhunter
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: BCB]
      #913594 - 04/15/06 09:55 PM

Well on the bright side, It should be all melted away by September

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fellers
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Galaxyhunter]
      #913636 - 04/15/06 10:45 PM

Thay is some sweet snowfall! This is coming from an avid big montain skier. Where was that snow fall here in NY and VT this year? Sheesh, I am jealous over that!!!!

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Rick Needham
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Galaxyhunter]
      #913685 - 04/15/06 11:33 PM

Quote:

Well on the bright side, It should be all melted away by September






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dietmar
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #913950 - 04/16/06 07:49 AM

...so here is mine:
the "stargazer private observatory"

and the scopes:


FYI - some reports and explanations - especially of the one arm fork mount
http://stargazer.christelhager.info/reports_sub01.htm

greets
dietmar


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JAT Observatory
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dietmar]
      #914088 - 04/16/06 11:02 AM

Man everytime I see that setup it just blows me away!

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Michael Rapp
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #914761 - 04/16/06 08:00 PM

Something about a 9" folded refractor that makes one want to sit in a quiet corner and reflect. And consider selling a car.

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Strgzr
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #914967 - 04/16/06 11:13 PM

Hey this is my first post here. I've been hanging around the other site for some time now I just signed on here today.
Andy

Here's a link to my observatory construction photo's.
http://community.webshots.com/album/136917818udlQWZ


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Richard B. Drumm
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Strgzr]
      #914977 - 04/16/06 11:28 PM

Andy:
Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Nice observatory you've got there, I've seen the pix before. Somebody here had links to it, I think. It was a thread about geodesic observatory domes, if I recall...
Nice place ya got there!
Rich


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Strgzr
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #914980 - 04/16/06 11:33 PM

Thanks Rich! I hope I'll be able to contribute some to the site.

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Jeff Young
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Strgzr]
      #915222 - 04/17/06 07:21 AM

Andy --

Welcome aboard! I find myself over here a lot more than AstorMart (well, the forums part, anyway). There are a few folks over there that I miss, so I browse from time to time, but I just find this site a lot easier to read.

-- Jeff.

(PS: Andy can definitely contribute -- I ran my observatory thread on both forums for awhile and got lots of great advice from Andy!)


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Strgzr]
      #915335 - 04/17/06 09:36 AM

That's a cool observatory. That is how I built my current 15' observatory. Nice real dome on top on yours, I made a sort of odd ball rotating framed structure on top of mine.

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Strgzr
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #915618 - 04/17/06 01:15 PM

Hi Jeff! Thanks for the welcome! These forums are easier aren't they. Thats some observatory you have there! I still say that structure will outlast the observatory at Armagh.
Glad I was able to help!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #915881 - 04/17/06 04:37 PM Attachment (1263 downloads)

Hi All,

I'm enjoying the pics of the observatories. Some very nice work indeed. Here are a couple of photos of my roll-off that I completed last summer.

Clear skies,
Kevin


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: khoferer]
      #915884 - 04/17/06 04:39 PM Attachment (1138 downloads)

One of the interior...

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BradH
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: khoferer]
      #916161 - 04/17/06 07:43 PM

Very nice guys its nice to a lot of observatories out there.

Brad


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: BradH]
      #923995 - 04/22/06 11:34 PM


This it what I intend to build in my back yard.






This is what I intent to put in it...



I like the non-dome-shaped rotating roof however. Ah yes, designing can be really fun...


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: skookum]
      #924556 - 04/23/06 11:34 AM

Quote:

I like the non-dome-shaped rotating roof




Nice graphics - could you explain above? Looks like a slide-off

Good luck with your project


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: nytecam]
      #925650 - 04/24/06 03:01 AM

Yep, really simple. The roof is supported by the standard posts which are not shown in the pic. The telescope is an 18" cassegrain.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: skookum]
      #925660 - 04/24/06 03:20 AM

Quote:

Yep, really simple. The roof is supported by the standard posts which are not shown in the pic. The telescope is an 18" cassegrain.




Great - that will be a massive focal length and image scale! Good luck - and there's me using a focal reducer down to 2m fl to get 'more sky in'


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Antol]
      #925676 - 04/24/06 04:04 AM

Quote:

Stargate 4173 at Grimaldi Tower




Stunning observatory Robert - and as an architect myself nice to see those rare detailed pro drawings on this forum What is your current scope within?


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Bob Antol
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: nytecam]
      #926233 - 04/24/06 02:30 PM

Quote:

Stunning observatory Robert - and as an architect myself nice to see those rare detailed pro drawings on this forum What is your current scope within?




I currently have a 10 year old 8-inch Meade LX-50. When my wife and I sat down with the architect to explain what we wanted, I indicated I was going to get a 16 foot Ash-Dome. My wife looked at me, then at my telescope, and then said "Isn't that telescope rather small for a 16 foot dome?"

I then replied, "Ah, I guess I will have to upgrade the scope then!"

Little did she know of my plans to upgrade She walked right into that one!

I would like to upgrade to a 14-inch RCX400. I will be waiting a year or so to do this for 2 reasons:

(1) I would like to purchase an RCX400 with all the enhancements that current owners are asking for, and
(2) finances! I mean, I just built this observatory and new addition onto the existing house. Can you imagine?


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BradH
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Antol]
      #926354 - 04/24/06 03:57 PM

Bob

I looked at your pictures from your website all i can say is wow very very nice. I only have a LX200 12"gps maybe I can move in until you get your 14"

Brad


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Antol]
      #927122 - 04/25/06 04:17 AM

Quote:

I would like to upgrade to a 14-inch RCX400. I will be waiting a year or so to do this for 2 reasons:

(1) I would like to purchase an RCX400 with all the enhancements that current owners are asking for, and
(2) finances!.....




The RCX400's a nice scope Robert - reviewed by colleague Nik Szymanek for UK Astronomy Now last autumn - I would have got if not on vacation when editor rang. Won't be upgrading myself from LX200 as I don't need a wider field for DSO etc - mine's mostly VS stellar + spectro


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #927129 - 04/25/06 04:30 AM Attachment (1123 downloads)

Well, here is "my" observatory (well, it isn't mine personally, I just serve on the board of supervisors to help run the place). It is Hyde Memorial Observatory, a free public facility located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The structure consists of an observing deck with roll-off roof, a central connecting segment with restrooms, hallways, and audio/visual room, and a main lecture hall (the part sitting under the high pointed roof with the solar panels on it). The deck currently houses a C14 SCT, an 8 inch f/6 Newtonian, and a NexStar 11GPS SCT, along with a solar projection telescope. We also have a Coronado PST and an Edmund Astroscan RFT. The facility is open to the public each Saturday night, as well as at other times by reservation.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Knisely]
      #927131 - 04/25/06 04:32 AM Attachment (880 downloads)

Here is a shot of Hyde Observatory with the roof rolled back. The observatory is owned by the city of Lincoln, but is run by volunteers mainly from the Prairie Astronomy Club.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Knisely]
      #927134 - 04/25/06 04:35 AM Attachment (721 downloads)

Here is a shot of the observing deck from the hill east of the facility. You can just see the C14 peeking out (has to be level before we open or close the roof). You can also see the solar power panels on the roof and electrical systems on the side of the observatory used to generate electrical power to help, "make our meter run backwards".

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David Knisely
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Knisely]
      #927135 - 04/25/06 04:37 AM Attachment (765 downloads)

Here is a shot of the observing deck with a fellow volunteer manning the C14. The NexStar 11 sits to its right and the 8 inch Newtonian is out of the picture to the lower left...

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Rick Needham
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Knisely]
      #927151 - 04/25/06 05:03 AM

Very sharp! Thanks David for sharing these photos!

Rick


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Re: Hyde Memorial Observatory new [Re: David Knisely]
      #927283 - 04/25/06 09:22 AM

David:
NIce place ya got there! I like the roll roof arrangement, using part of the rest of the building to hold it up. I like the way you dealt with the downspout on the corner, allowing it to "break" when rolling the roof.

How much did the solar electric panels cost and how much ROI (return on investment) does it make? How long till it pays for itself? With gas prices going through the roof the cost of everything is going to skyrocket. Solutions such as those PV panels will make more and more sense as we go along.
Thanks!
Rich


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Knisely]
      #927614 - 04/25/06 12:57 PM

Thats a Great looking observatory David!
Your town must be very proud!


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Re: Hyde Memorial Observatory new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #927928 - 04/25/06 05:08 PM

Quote:

David:
NIce place ya got there! I like the roll roof arrangement, using part of the rest of the building to hold it up. I like the way you dealt with the downspout on the corner, allowing it to "break" when rolling the roof.

How much did the solar electric panels cost and how much ROI (return on investment) does it make? How long till it pays for itself? With gas prices going through the roof the cost of everything is going to skyrocket. Solutions such as those PV panels will make more and more sense as we go along.
Thanks!
Rich




Well, it was a cooperative demonstration project between the Observatory and the Lincoln Electric System, so I don't know all the cost details (it was rather expensive however). During the day, the panels feed an inverter and the system generates enough power to "make our meter run backwards" a bit, but at night, the meter runs the right way as we tap commercial power. Still, for reducing peak loads, it is somewhat viable, although somewhat expensive. Clear skies to you.


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Re: Hyde Memorial Observatory new [Re: David Knisely]
      #928600 - 04/26/06 02:56 AM

Well, we had a board meeting tonight, and I found out that the Solar panel power system cost about $25,000 to purchase and install. It provides about 2 kW of power (up to 2.8 kW on occasion). Clear skies to you.

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My observatory was completed last summer. It was to replace my "astroshed" which had not faired well in our spring storms. What was perceived as an approximately month-long project turned into an all summer job. I've attached a photo, but the construction log and internal photos can be viewed from here: Click on "Observatory"

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Posaunist]
      #935066 - 04/30/06 02:45 PM

Simply awesome Posaunist Well thought out design!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
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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).
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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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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Posaunist]
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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

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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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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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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #1513106 - 03/29/07 11:26 AM Attachment (908 downloads)

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

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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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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.



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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: SometimesKen]
      #1514586 - 03/30/07 07:49 AM Attachment (994 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)


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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

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

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
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My Sanctum Santorum the Blue Moon Observatory.
Built from pier to padlock for just over a grand.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard Scott]
      #1515625 - 03/30/07 05:23 PM Attachment (875 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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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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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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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jimmy]
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Here is mine!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Pedro Scorza]
      #1527445 - 04/06/07 01:48 AM Attachment (794 downloads)

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


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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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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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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...

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #1528404 - 04/06/07 03:42 PM

Hi Bob-
no, I got it from John Menke near Damascus in Summer 05.
It's Pro-Dome prototype #002.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: swalker]
      #1528517 - 04/06/07 04:44 PM

Ok..

I just was curious...I looked around for almost 2 years for a used OBS ...and I actually am in Damascus quite a lot.. Maybe I should have told Gary at Hands On Optics to keep an ear open...

Enjoy
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #1528883 - 04/06/07 08:29 PM

Quote:

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)







Well I was going to ask if anyone has seen a elevated dome either on a roof or raised above the ground but here it is. I take it you had to get a crane to pop it up there? With the 10x12 you have, what about six or eight posts in the ground? Pretty impressive

Kenny J


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Bachus]
      #1528938 - 04/06/07 08:53 PM

Kenny only have 4 6x6 posts..( I do not count the 2 4x4's that form the ladder so I can climb up and in the Obs..

2x12 spaced every 12 inches & the 10x10 floor is 3/4 ply ..the last 2 feet is just regular decking and serves as a place for my wife to put Flowers on...

Dome was placed on the building by a local sign company .. They charged $120 an hour...took 20-30 minutes to do & the guy was really really enjoying it... 1st time he ever did a dome ..charged me for 30 minutes then spent 30 minutes inside just grinning...& honestly so was I.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: John_Gillies]
      #1529458 - 04/07/07 07:17 AM Attachment (898 downloads)

Here's mine :

8' x 14' Roll-over roof design. No track system hanging out over the building. Warm room under the lower section. It includes a 7'4" x 7'4" scope area and a 7'4"x 6' warm room.

The rest is here:

http://www.pbase.com/amateurtom/_my_astrophotography


Tom T.

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Jornada Observatory, NM

http://internet.cybermesa.com/~ddixon/

Note very few trees :-)

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rock_Hunter]
      #1533738 - 04/09/07 04:32 PM



Here's a picture of the observatory I built in my back yard last summer. I live about 3.5 miles from the center of downtown Baltimore. The building is octagonal in shape with a "diameter" of eight feet, and is all wood construction, including the dome. The base of the observatory is built like a standard deck and suspended about 6" above the ground on 8 4x4 posts. I kept the floor open to allow circulation through the building, which has worked out very well. The walls are about 42" high, The dome rolls on 8 3" plastic castors, and is kept "centered" by 4 horizontally-mounted garage door pullies that ride on a thin aluminum strip which is attached to the inside wall of the building. The dome was modeled to some degree after the one housing the WYIN (sp?) Telescope at Kitt Peak. Its basically five squares and four triangles. I posted something about it last summer if you're interested in slightly more detail.

The image below shows a view through the entry door. The building houses a C14 on CGE mount. I have a small TV table that holds my laptop, which connects to the CGE as well as to main (DSI-II) and guide (DSI-I) cameras. I had planned to add a warm room to my garage which is only a few feet behind the observatory. In the end I decided to use a VNC program to control everything from the desktop computer in my study. I still have to rotate the dome myself, and must focus & change filters at the telescope. For me that's fine because I like to be in the obs next to the scope for any large slews anyway. In the second image you can see, just left of the pier, one of the 8 wheels the dome rolls on. Just left of that, near the picture's edge, you can see one of the four horizontally-mounted retaining wheels and the track it rides on.

According to my notes I used the telescope 77 nights last year. I previously had an observatory some distance NW of Baltimore in much darker skies, but the 90-minute drive each way limited my usage. I find that having something just outside the back door far outweighs the improved background that the darker site affords. The skies here are about 4.0 mag on a good night; my darker sky site was between 5.5 and 6.0.

Its definitely the very best "accessory" I've ever added! Total cost was about $2500 (including $400 to have some concrete hauled away) and took about 7 weeks to build.



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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: SleepIsWrong]
      #1534056 - 04/09/07 07:21 PM

Very nice Mike. It looks like you have gotten a lot of good use out of it already with 77 nights last year. I logged a little over 50 with my roll-off. I agree with you an observatory is the best accessory to have.

Again very nice Mike

Brad


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: BradH]
      #1535361 - 04/10/07 01:10 PM

Interesting numbers. I checked, and I'm right in there with Brad: 56 nights last year.

I think I'd easily get to the 77 mark if it got dark here (54N) during the summer -- I recorded 1 night in June, none in July, and 2 in August. The rest of the year I averaged 6 nights a month -- and that's when it's cold!

-- Jeff.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #1535410 - 04/10/07 01:44 PM

I can remember when I didnt have my roll-off I was luck to get out more than one time a month.

Jeff I bet you would hit close to 100 if you were a little more south. At 54N how many hours do you get of darkness in June July and August?

Brad


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: BradH]
      #1535714 - 04/10/07 04:47 PM

Quote:

...

Jeff I bet you would hit close to 100 if you were a little more south. At 54N how many hours do you get of darkness in June July and August?

Brad



Brad --

A big fat zero in June or July -- you have to be happy with astronomical twilight. But it rises quite rapidly after that -- by the middle of August we're back up to 3 hours/night.

-- Jeff.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jeff Young]
      #1535942 - 04/10/07 06:35 PM

I feel for you. We get around 5 hrs or so June/July and I thought that was bad.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: BradH]
      #1536069 - 04/10/07 07:43 PM

Here is a photo of my observatory in the construction phase.

http://www.observatorycentral.com/index.php?showtopic=435&st=40&start=40



That was last fall. I have the warming room built and everything enclosed now. I'll try and take a more current photo for y'all.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #1537049 - 04/11/07 10:10 AM Attachment (774 downloads)

Here's my setup. This summerhouse/shed is a really good fit for the corner of the garden and my scope.
I've arranged the roof so that it splits into two halves, which can be placed either side on the remaining part of the roof. Depending on what I'm observing at the time, I can just have one half open.
When I dug the hole for the pier, the shed and flooring were already installed. I had to cut out a square in the floor and then dig the hole. It was just like 'The Great Escape'


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Mick Hyde]
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I'm still in the thinking stage, but here is where I'm at now. It's an ExploraDome on a bale feeder. I'm wrestling with how to deal with the fact that the bale feeder standard size is a tad too big for the dome. I'll have to make some sort of rainwater sheding cap or cone or something to fit in there...
Much to think about.
Register at www.observatorycentral.com and look for KISS observatory to see the whole sordid tale!
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1538650 - 04/11/07 11:02 PM

Richard,

Do you happen to know what the ID of that bale feeder is?

Is that bale feeder made out of conduit?

Thanks,

Gary

ps.
I registered on that site.....awaiting approval......looks like a very good site! However I cannot find your KISS observatory.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: later]
      #1539229 - 04/12/07 08:47 AM Attachment (550 downloads)

The bale feeder has an 8' diameter when measured from the centerline of the pipes. I wouldn't call it conduit, exactly, it's 1 3/4" diameter galvanized. It's made by American Farmland . I got it at a local ag (agricultural) supply store here in Virginia for $125.92 with tax.

I didn't think you needed approval to register at OC... Wait a moment, I'll log in and get the URL to the KISS pages...
OK, I'm back! Here it is: KISS on OC.
Like I said in the first post on the thread: "I still don't have everything quite together in my mind just yet and hashing it out here with you guys will help me think more cogently." So I guess I'm still hashing things out and thinking, thinking, thinking!

Right now the dome is just sitting on some 2x4 blocks clamped in place temporarily. I need to see the dome in the approximate location it'll eventually occupy in order to think about the rainwater shedding issues. If the bale feeder was just a little smaller, like 6" or so, it'd be perfect.

Here's a closeup of the temporary 2x4 rig that's holding it up in the air. I'll cut off 4-6" or so of the top of this rig to make room for the wheels when I get that far along. Thank goodness I have an interior space to use!
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1539565 - 04/12/07 11:33 AM

Richard is trying to build a "COMPLETE" observatory for LESS than 1 grand... For those who don't know the whole story.

Doing a great job so far BTW...


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: NeoDinian]
      #1539873 - 04/12/07 01:57 PM

"build a "COMPLETE" observatory for LESS than 1 grand"
A fine target indeed. I missed by going about 36 bucks over myself.

I will follow Rich's progress as well. Good luck big guy.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard Scott]
      #1561155 - 04/23/07 08:05 AM Attachment (765 downloads)

Good morning gang.
Well after getting my wood delivered last Thursday morning and having that Friday off. I took advantage of the fantastic weather and put together the RVO Observatory in a day. (an 8 foot Explora Dome) Yep a day. 13 hours of cutting, hammering, sweating and grunting. Tough to get that dome up there by myself. It is an Explora Dome a top a 10 by 10 building.

Here are some pics, it is not fully complete. I am waiting until after NEAF in case there is something I pick up there that will go inside. New mount, OTA who knows.



Rodney Owens
The Explora Dome forum

Edited by rodney (04/23/07 08:44 AM)


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: rodney]
      #1561480 - 04/23/07 11:24 AM

Ummmm....

Rodney... That center block is at a HIGH ANGLE. I hope you have at least the top 2 posts (on the hill) in concrete. At that angle, and with those deck blocks at that angle, your structure may take a ride down the hill!!!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: NeoDinian]
      #1561586 - 04/23/07 12:12 PM

Thanks Jeff,
The angles have been dealt with.
Rodney

Updates and images available on the yahoo group below.


Edited by rodney (04/23/07 12:13 PM)


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: rodney]
      #1564471 - 04/24/07 05:45 PM

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Thanks Jeff,
The angles have been dealt with.
Rodney

Updates and images available on the yahoo group below.




Rodney, I followed your link and it seems I can't view your updates and photo's without signing up for that group. I would like to check out that stuff but I would rather not sign up for the group since I am not an Explora dome owner. Is there an alternative?


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Strgzr]
      #1565289 - 04/25/07 12:09 AM

Hello Andy,
That is correct. One must be signed in to view the images. Unfortunately, I only have the images on the Explora Dome yahoo group. I figured it is the best place after all. If you sign up, simply choose to not get emails, or leave the group after viewing the images. Yahoo gives you that option.

Send me your email address and I will send some pics directly to you if you'd like.

Clear skies, Rodney

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: rodney]
      #1565347 - 04/25/07 01:01 AM Attachment (716 downloads)

Here's an image of Xanadu Observatory, in my Tucson backyard.
Yes, the strike really WAS very close!
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1570010 - 04/27/07 07:39 AM

Richard,
Would it be feasible to cut one side , removing a few inches of material and then wrap a ratchet strap and start crankin' it tighter to keep the cirle and pull the ends together and the weld it back up?
I have had to shrink big circles like this before and it seem to work just fine, the other thing I had to do was partially cut areas on the circles to let the thing bend in, then welded these cuts back up
Ratchet strap
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_11834_11834&issearch=1936
Just a thought.
Manny

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Manny Myles]
      #1570169 - 04/27/07 09:43 AM

If I tried to do the bend in one shot like that I suspect that the arc would bend at its weakest point and bend in just one spot to allow the gap to close. What I want, of course, is for it to bend all along the arcs, which is tricky. My first idea was to do like you suggested and make a bunch of cuts all along the inside of the arcs and bend these till the kerfs close up. Then weld the kerfs shut. I may yet do this, but I had a CAS (my astro club) member come by and he suggested that it'd be a shame to weaken the inherent strength of the unbroken circles of steel. I'm chewing over the alternatives. If I could do it with the feeder the current size, then I'd have the best of both worlds...
Still thinkin' . . . . . .
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Richard B. Drumm]
      #1570704 - 04/27/07 02:48 PM

Quote:

If I tried to do the bend in one shot like that I suspect that the arc would bend at its weakest point and bend in just one spot to allow the gap to close. What I want, of course, is for it to bend all along the arcs, which is tricky. My first idea was to do like you suggested and make a bunch of cuts all along the inside of the arcs and bend these till the kerfs close up. Then weld the kerfs shut. I may yet do this, but I had a CAS (my astro club) member come by and he suggested that it'd be a shame to weaken the inherent strength of the unbroken circles of steel. I'm chewing over the alternatives. If I could do it with the feeder the current size, then I'd have the best of both worlds...
Still thinkin' . . . . . .
Rich




Rich....I was looking at the same thing at my feed store the other day. I said, *Hey Richard is using these things for his OB*. So I looked one over. They look like they are build like a tank.

Modifying one might compromise its integrity, but then again it is steal, and once rewelded as you suggested, it will probably be far stronger then you really need.

Now, you want to make it bigger or smaller??? I forgot.

Ingenuity at work.....

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #1576053 - 04/30/07 11:17 AM

Here is mine;





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      #1576057 - 04/30/07 11:20 AM

And here is the inside;





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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Elliot]
      #1576065 - 04/30/07 11:24 AM

Some more;


Notice the neat conduit (radio shack) that contains all the cables.




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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Elliot]
      #1576142 - 04/30/07 11:52 AM

Nice setup!

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Quote:

Some more;


Notice the neat conduit (radio shack) that contains all the cables.







Sweet set-up Elliot. Very well done.

Nice and clean.

Rob
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #1576707 - 04/30/07 04:11 PM

Looks great Elliot! Nice and neat.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Joel]
      #1577307 - 04/30/07 08:45 PM

Thanks everyone!

I cannot stress enough what an observatory has done for my "viewing time". It is hard to explain. My son and nephew have sleep-overs inside my Skyshed. We spend most of the night studying the heavens and the rest of the night talking about it.
Really I don't know what is the best thing to get starting out in astronomy (telescope, binoculars, eyepiece, SkyScout, beer, cigar(s), SkyShed, etc...). An observatory really addresses the "using it regularly factor" that so many people talk about.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Elliot]
      #1579428 - 05/01/07 04:20 PM

nice set up Elliot. I really hope to have one as nice some day. It's wonderful being able to follow everyones experiences
in achieving their dreams.
Be Well
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Greyhaven]
      #1581750 - 05/02/07 04:35 PM

Very nice Elliot. You have put a lot in the details. Good job.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: BradH]
      #1582315 - 05/02/07 09:12 PM

Those are really nice setups, very inspiring stuff.

Here is my roll-off as of today, a bit cluttered with construction stuff. I am pulling some wires today.

http://www.pbase.com/mclemens1969/image/78131622/large

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #2221363 - 02/26/08 09:40 PM

I'm bumping this to the top of the list for CSA

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: 1965healy]
      #2221932 - 02/27/08 07:00 AM

You guys are evil!:))
I made the mistake of checking out the thread and now.....:((
We are just about to purchase a small place on an island of 1500 people and now, thanks to you guys, I HAVE to start thinking about an observatory as well as renovations! Thanks a lot!!!!

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      #2222039 - 02/27/08 08:58 AM Attachment (731 downloads)

This is mine,

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #2222287 - 02/27/08 11:01 AM

Elliot! Your Obs is incredible!! Nice wedge too! I really like the white and red, now i wish I would have made mine that color!

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Here is a photo of mine and a link to more info:
http://www.freewebs.com/adkstars/index.htm

Edited by adkstars (03/04/08 08:45 PM)


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: adkstars]
      #2236539 - 03/04/08 09:35 PM

Very Nice! Congratulations! Thanks for posting a photo.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: adkstars]
      #2236750 - 03/04/08 11:06 PM

Rick...Told you in the guestbook that that rolling tool chest was a good idea! Good luck with all the trees I'd better count my blessings! Mike

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #2237270 - 03/05/08 09:18 AM

As I read my guest book I was amazed to find a post that insulted the posters intellegence as well as my love of Astronomy. Oh well ,it takes all kinds. Rick.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: adkstars]
      #2237304 - 03/05/08 09:42 AM

Gee Rick. I'd say the post in your guestbook is pretty amusing. The person is obviously grossly under weight and has no gear. Jealous post from an infantile mind.
Nice reply to the shmuck too


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Scott Horstman]
      #2237317 - 03/05/08 09:51 AM Attachment (601 downloads)

And here is mine from last fall. Now under 2 ft of snow. More details in my album in "photos". Interior details to be posted when snow is gone.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: adkstars]
      #2237975 - 03/05/08 03:44 PM

I read that Rick, very hostile & immature of the poster; your grace in handling was wonderful!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #2238070 - 03/05/08 04:21 PM

Rick, seems to be a "nasty" virus going around lately. I've seen it pop-up in other areas of the community as well. Let me take this oportunity to tell you that I like your site, great pics and it tells alot about you and your interests. Some day when all the work is done on my obs I'll probably start one as well. I've been looking at alot of the amateur sites for ideas and yours is very well laid out and informative. Not sure just who the rude fellow was who left the comment on your site but I think you handled it beautifully. Clear skies.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: 1965healy]
      #2238394 - 03/05/08 06:46 PM

Thanks everybody. As I said before it takes all kinds.I just hope someday that individual finally finds true peace in their life.Rick.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #2244680 - 03/08/08 05:55 PM Attachment (581 downloads)

Here is our new Explora Dome Observatory.

It was delivered in very good condition, and I added their one piece bay, and 10 wheel rotational arrangement. It rotates with one finger. It houses the reliable LX200 10" Classic, and will be used for digital imaging.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Mr B]
      #2245228 - 03/08/08 10:24 PM

Mr B: Really nice looking Dome! Thanks for posting yours! Beautiful yard, also!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #2266311 - 03/18/08 07:52 PM

Can I just say I hate all of you? I would love to have an observatory for my 20" or even my 10"SCT! No space and I live in a redwood forest. Kinda defeats the purpose!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Troy]
      #2266355 - 03/18/08 08:12 PM

You'd need a ALOT of lumber and a really TALL ladder. Or you could mount a dome on a trailer like Snaproll!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: 1965healy]
      #2267082 - 03/19/08 03:28 AM Attachment (592 downloads)

Installed this 4.5m Astrodomes (from Australia) on top a roof terrace apartment; holidng a Meade 14".

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: leewk]
      #2267910 - 03/19/08 02:03 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights and thank you for sharing the photos of your observatory, it is outstanding

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: leewk]
      #2270372 - 03/20/08 02:35 PM

Nice dome, nice scope but I'm not jealous. I'm not jealous att all. Try to beliewe that I'M NOT JEALOUS.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: leewk]
      #2270415 - 03/20/08 02:52 PM

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Installed this 4.5m Astrodomes (from Australia) on top a roof terrace apartment; holidng a Meade 14".




Now that is a seriously cool looking dome! Great location too. It definitely has that "welcome to my space-age bachelor pad" ambiance going for it!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Scott K]
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Thanks for all the compliments.
Actually we installed this for a developer having an Astro Theme for their new Condo. These are 5 blocks of 12 storeys apartment each with block names like Aquila, Bootes, Centaur, Draco & Equuleus. The dome was installed on the roof terrrace of Equuleus and it use to be shared by all the residents.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: leewk]
      #2271728 - 03/21/08 03:30 AM

That is too cool leewk - what a great idea!

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Here's my roof-mounted observatory. I live in a Victorian home with a large flat roof. The roof joists and hatch cover support structure give me 22 inches of space between the hatch cover above the scope and the ceiling below the scope. I have a door that slides in place under the scope when not in use or when I'm operating it remotely (which is necessary to keep heat from the attic from affecting the views).

-Tim.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: tim53]
      #2300913 - 04/02/08 07:05 PM

Very nice Tim, any photos of inside?

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
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Yep, sorry! They're kinda old now, though. I used to have doors underneath that swung down (like in this picture):

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: tim53]
      #2300966 - 04/02/08 07:32 PM Attachment (652 downloads)

ctd...

And the ladder you see there, for accessing the eyepiece (scary). But I used to bump into the doors all the time when they were hanging down, so I've put them in tracks routed into a pair of 2x4's screwed up to the ceiling (with the doors rotated 90 degrees to how you see them here, so they slide out of the way to the left in the picture).

This works much better now, and I'm also using a folding rollaway scaffold platform to get to the eyepiece, which is a lot safer and doesn't interfere with the doors at all (I used to have to either move the ladder to open the doors, or put it right in the middle so they'd miss it).

We're planning to insulate the attic roof and finish it off to use as a theater room with a big projection screen for movies, so when we do I'll make a new, single door on drawer rollers so it'll move more easily in the tracks.o

Because there's only 22 inches of space in the roof, I have to fold the scope horizontal for stowing. But with the weights I've put on the south end of my makeshift wedge, it's pretty easy to polar align and get to imaging.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: tim53]
      #2300983 - 04/02/08 07:40 PM

Oh, and here's my old rolltop desk ($200 at the local swap meet), all cluttered up and ready to go!

I use a Mac Powerbook G4, and an intel Mac Mini for imaging with two Point Grey "flea" machine vision firewire cameras (one of these is visible on the C 9.25" in the picture above), and Astro IIDC for video capture and image processing.

The HP laptop in the background is used mostly for operating the robofocus on the 9.25" (though Equinox Image and a few other mac applications can now do this). I also use it when I point the scope with TheSky6. On the Macs, I use Voyager 4 and EquinoX, both of which work nicely with the Nexstar.

-Tim.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: tim53]
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Oops. Pic didn't attach!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: tim53]
      #2301113 - 04/02/08 08:49 PM

Tim, Really nice! Looks like you have a lot of clear sky to view!

Thanks for sharing your photos with us!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
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Well done Tim

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #2304128 - 04/04/08 03:41 AM

Very neat setup Tim - the rolltop desk is a nice touch!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Scott K]
      #2333298 - 04/17/08 09:14 AM

Here are some pictures of my SkyShed POD:
http://www.budgetastronomer.ca/index.php?page=my-observatory
And here's a video:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4LNuiaND5Q
Enjoy!


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This is my Red Barn

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: LBurg]
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Quote:

This is my Red Barn




Is it me or is your roof crooked? Does it spin?


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Closed up

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: 1965healy]
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The roof rotates, got the idea from here

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: LBurg]
      #2360906 - 04/29/08 11:35 PM

Nice idea for your Observatory! Thanks for posting your pictures.

Also Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Glad to have you here with us.

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      #2360990 - 04/30/08 12:12 AM

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The roof rotates, got the idea from here




COOL! Welcome to CN!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
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I've posted my observatory in other threads, so here are a couple of different photos than those used before:

The dome is a 24' home-made affair, my first ever construction project. Believe me, if I can do it, so can you.

For a 5 minute slide show on the dome and scope construction, click here: http://tinyurl.com/2ozsvc


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The scope is a 1600 pound 42" go-to Dob. I've always been a visual observer, but the way trends are going with the new video astronomy, the scope may have a video camera replace the eyepieces one of these days. That's one way of having your own images similar to a 200".

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Love the Alien

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Empire Ranch Observatory at twilight. Mars at top above the observatory. Mercury in lower right at greatest elongation for 2008. May 14, 2008.

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John, that is a stunning image!

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      #2400061 - 05/16/08 02:46 PM

Awesome image...and the moom's glow on the dome.

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I guess I haven't posted my Observatory in this thread:

DreamCatcher Observatory!


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It houses my new AT 16" Dob, the DreamMaker!

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      #2439021 - 06/04/08 10:11 AM

That looks really nice Carol. Didn't I read somewhere here that you're out of Missoula someplace? I spent some time around Superior and also around Philipsburg one year, but that was a long time ago.

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I'm outside of Helena, which is 120 miles East of Missoula.

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Ah, cool. I still have some family in the Helena area.

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Still love that VIEW Carol

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Thanks Chris, I'm very fortunate to live here!

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Headwater Observatory

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Oh well,here goes again ! Wayne

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And another shot,with the dome closed

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And yet another with the dome roof rolled off

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      #2460256 - 06/14/08 04:38 PM

Wayne, couldn't decide on a roll off or dome so you built both? =)

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Ken, Thats exactly what happened !! I tried to resist but just couldn't do it ! It really is neat when you have a few friends or family that want to view and they get to see some of the entire sky. Wayne

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Another entry

Farm View Observatory

18X10 footprint, 10X10 platform, Square Rotating "Dome" with warm room.


Edited by rebelxt (06/15/08 08:23 PM)


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Very unique "dome" ! We can design and build anything to do the job in this country! Now we just need some leaders in Washington to wake up.Very nice setup indeed. Wayne

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John....Here's pictures of my observatory before the total restoration of my scopes were finished. Envision if you will the only ventilation gap in my observayory is the 1/2" void between the steel channel and the interior skirtboards that hide the castors. The only other space is the patio doors that open on the sides of the breezeway that connects the observatory to the walk out lower level of our home. The ceilings are finished off with 1/4" AC plywood as well as the four gabled ends of my split transverse roof. The "attic" space is ventillated with four gable louver vents. Things do not get hot but are warm and I have absolutely no condensation problems. I did this to keep things as neat and clean...void of wasps and spider nests. Plus when the roofs are closed it looks just like another room to my home with a big scope in the middle of it. Mike

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Second shot towards the breezeway that connects to the house.

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John...Last shot from our garage looking past the patio towards the observatory. The trees have since been dealt with. Mike

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      #2473133 - 06/20/08 09:12 PM

I sure love your set up Mike. I wish time would have allowed us to stop in on the way back from Montana last Fall. Someday though!

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Mike,
I like the fact that you made it accessible from the house. Very, very convenient. Mine has the disadvantage of a 49 mile, 75 minute drive into semi primitive conditions. I must admit I am paying a big convenience penalty for open horizons and dark skies. How are the skies in Bellevue?


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John.... On a dry summer night you can see all the stars in Ursa Minor. Yeah I didn't really see the need for a warm room when you gotta' warm house! Scott....Just let me know when your comin' thru the rye! Being retired early means every day is a Saturday! Mike

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Here is mine...

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The control room...

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Outside view...

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      #2474927 - 06/21/08 08:49 PM

That is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Blends in perfecto with the "estate"! Mike

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #2495792 - 07/02/08 05:01 PM

You can see my observatory here:

www.freewebs.com/mizarmms

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: mizarmms]
      #2496696 - 07/03/08 12:05 AM

Mike, thanks for the link to your Observatory, very nice indeed!

Also Welcome to Cloudy Nights! We are most happy to share these great forums with you; looking forward to more of your posts!


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Hi Mike,

Quote:

You can see my observatory here:

www.freewebs.com/mizarmms

Mike




That's fantastic - cosy!

Where did you have the pier adapter plate for your EQ-6 made? Or did you buy it? I need one myself, that's why I ask.

Good work!

Regards,

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      #2496815 - 07/03/08 02:59 AM

It is great to be here! A great forum indeed!

Thank you Carol, I hope to post here, but my English is so...

And thanks to you too, skybsd: I had the pier adapter plate made by a lathe operator, who works here in Spain, near my observatory. It is made with aluminium and its price was roughly 130 .


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      #2496852 - 07/03/08 04:33 AM

Hi Mike,
Good to hear from you..,

Quote:

It is great to be here! A great forum indeed!

Thank you Carol, I hope to post here, but my English is so...






Post away, my friend. If anything whilst learning come new English phrases, we might learn some Spanish ones too!


Quote:

And thanks to you too, skybsd: I had the pier adapter plate made by a lathe operator, who works here in Spain, near my observatory. It is made with aluminium and its price was roughly 130 €.




That's good to know. Do you think that the pier adapter fits well with your EQ-6? Do you think you could ask if they can make another one for me, please?

If you want, send me a private message, if you wish to discuss offline.

Thanks again, and keep posting more pictures!

Regards,

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: skybsd]
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Finally leaving lurker status here... hope I can keep up with the activity.

Here is a shot of my backyard observatory. I'm planning a second, out in the Anza Valley, where things are quite a bit darker.

Clear skies,

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Andy; Beautiful Observatory! What a nice first post

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Glad you decided to join us on the forums! Looking forward to more posts from you, especially when you start planning for that dark site!


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      #2502645 - 07/06/08 02:14 PM

I'll second Carol's welcome and yes indeed, that is a beautiful observatory

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Thanks Carol and Chris!

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At last: THE DECK SHED!Or "Rubbermaid to the Rescue."
Since I use my C11 for visual only, I found a dense rubber floor mat('anti-fatigue mat' at Lowes) , concrete pavers and the Celestron AVP's actually work together. Solar venting and solar drop cloth on the roof keep temps down to 5 degrees above outside.
Sure beats lugging everything around.


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      #2528370 - 07/19/08 01:22 PM

Nice setup you have there Frank!

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Here's the minimalist observatory that I designed to house my wedge mounted NexStar 11 and StellaCam 3 astro-video camera. It sports a lift-off roof with walls that fold down. I'll be sitting inside the house remotely contolling the scope, StellaCam, and laptop for autoguiding. See my blog for more details.

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In this picture, the roof has been removed, the east wall has been lowered, and the scope is in the stowed position.

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Now, all the walls have been lowered, power applied, and dew shield installed.

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The removable roof (seen far left atop the retaining wall) and fold-down walls minimize the footprint, which preserves precious backyard real-estate. I'll be sitting inside the house, just to the right of the sliding glass doors.

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Very cool Matthew, thanks for sharing!

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      #2530547 - 07/20/08 06:00 PM

Goat Hill Observatory

http://jasonirby.net/Personal/Photography/Observatory/Phase3/

Construction:
http://jasonirby.net/Personal/Photography/Observatory/Phase1/
http://jasonirby.net/Personal/Photography/Observatory/Phase2/


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Well Done! Texas?

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: midway199]
      #2530758 - 07/20/08 08:12 PM

Matthew, very nice! Thanks for sharing with us; this is sure to encourage others to build!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jason Irby]
      #2530762 - 07/20/08 08:13 PM

Jason, Welcome to Cloudy Nights! We are most happy to have you join us, and share with us your beautiful Observatory. Great photos thru out the building & final dream realized!

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By the looks of the warm room, you could have named it Goat Hill Hotel. Very nice, indeed! And welcome to CN!!

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Thanks all. Texas, you bet! Lipan, Morgan Mill area. 15 Miles North of Stephenville.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
      #2537014 - 07/23/08 04:35 PM

I can't really post a pic of my Observatory because I don't have one.. I can't even post a pic of my telescope because I don't have one yet. I'm really a newbie !

But I've been enjoy this tread some very nice observatories. I'm suppose to pick up my my new telescope tomorrow Celestron Nexstar SLT 130 hopefully I'll have a nice evening to test it out.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: C11NoNews]
      #2543191 - 07/26/08 08:14 PM

Cedric
I noticed on your Web Site that you have a Cement Pier what did you use to cover the Cement Pier?
It looks like metal or PVC Pipe It very nice by the way
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Steve Hopkins]
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my backyard low buget obsevatory
8x10 prefab shed with the south roof that slides down
houses my 8" Meade but im getting a new mount in a couple days, LXD-75

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Nice, any observatory is better then no observatory

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Here's my ED. Aloha Dan

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Here is a picture of my small 8'x8' Lightshield Observatory in SoCal. It had to be small due to limitations in the back yard. Built by myself in 2003. Originally housed a Nexstar 11 in alt/az mode and was comfortable for that purpose. Now has an A-P 1200GTO with A-P 155EDF and new Solarmax 90 which take up a lot more space. The roof is unique in that it is made from 1x1 mostly and sheathed with a very light weight foam sheet material (~1 1/2" thick). For weatherproofing, the sheathing is covered with aircraft covering fabric material 'doped' on in the same manner fabric covered airplanes are constructed. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone else, but it has worked well enough for me in the mild SoCal climate for the past 5 years.


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Here is a view of the plans I drew while planning the build. It was built pretty much as designed.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: EddWen]
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Looks good!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
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Here's a photo of my observatory with the roof open. Each half roof is opened and closed using 12v electric winches housed in boxes either side of the observatory. It takes about 30 seconds to open or close the roof.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gavin Bray]
      #2628600 - 09/07/08 08:45 AM

Hey Gavin,

That's a cool looking observatory,

I invite you to post it over at my Yahoo
Flip Top & Clamshell Observatory Group,

the link is bekow my name.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #2630183 - 09/08/08 02:58 AM

Thanks Alan. And thanks for the link. I'll take a look.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
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WinterView Observatory Manitoba Canada still under construction need to complete the inside and landscape in the Spring

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Steve Hopkins]
      #2668201 - 09/28/08 03:14 PM

I really like that one Steve.
Especially the dual use roof support structure.

Certainly conveniently located as well as blending well with the house.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dgs©]
      #2669141 - 09/29/08 12:21 AM

David
Thanks you it was fun to make and grandchildren love the swings...The OBS is still not finished and there is a lot more work to do but winter is coming in my part of the world most of the work IE: the Inside and Landscaping will have to wait for the spring.
It located next to my Heated Shop/Garage so I may construct a warm room in there.
Someone should start a thread about what to do different if you were to build another Roll off Observatory.
I could fill a whole page with things I would definitely change.
some of the wood I purchased I swear must have been swaying in the wind three day prior to me buying it.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: John Wunderlin]
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Wow! There are really nice, and innovative, observatories in this link. I humbly submit my own if only to show what can be done with virtually no handyman skills

Edited by GlennM (09/30/08 10:19 AM)


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The upper sections of the walls drop down

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: GlennM]
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three scopes store inside the shed

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when observing, the scopes come out and the shed is open for use - it has all the basics: electrical, computer, red light on a dimmer switch, etc.

here's a link for more pictures on the construction:
http://home.primus.ca/~gmuller/dobservatory/

thanks for looking

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
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Here's a couple of pics of my observatory in Oxfordshire England - I completed it in Dec 07 but haven't had many opportunities to use it due to bad weather - looking forward to this season! More pics at www.sanddune.info

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Nice job, Rick - I love seeing the thought processes that go into constructing these things

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Wow! Great observatories, everyone!
Lots of great ideas.
Here's my "temporary fix" until I can get moved to a better climate and clearer skies.


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Dubboy]
      #2702154 - 10/16/08 11:30 AM

Wow, really innovative Observatories! Thanks for everyone sharing their photos of their Observatories with us!

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      #2703177 - 10/16/08 09:56 PM

Quote:

Wow! Great observatories, everyone!
Lots of great ideas.
Here's my "temporary fix" until I can get moved to a better climate and clearer skies.




Hey Don...were you hanging from a skyhook when you took that picture? Just too cool...kinda' like a Nike Hercules launcher.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Pavlich]
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What an amazing variety of designs! Now that I'm (almost) finished, here are a couple of photos of my humble shack.

Cheers,
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Roof open ...

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... and a peek inside.

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Adam, Humble, by no means! Really nice! Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #2709432 - 10/20/08 07:22 PM

I agree with Carol. Very nice Adam

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Thanks Carol and Kent.

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setting up for imaging and alignment

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Johnston, RI...a converted garden shed and current home for a C-11 with Atlas mount. More work to come!!!

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I just finished mine. Celestron CPC 1100 installed in it.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Darwin T]
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Here's mine, built in 2005.

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...and the inside

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I built this 12'x 12' roll off roof building for my 10"

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Another view.

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I found a photo of the new Exploradome at our house. I had a green one but ended up using the white portable at home and selling the green one.

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Observatory interior. C14, CGE pier and insulated PC box with STV on it.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: pstarr]
      #2775568 - 11/28/08 06:43 PM

Thanks everyone for such great photos, really nice to see other's Observatories!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Snaproll]
      #2775570 - 11/28/08 06:44 PM

Jim, it blends in with the house so well, that I almost missed seeing it!

Very nice!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: skybsd]
      #2780346 - 12/01/08 02:20 PM

Quote:

That's good to know. Do you think that the pier adapter fits well with your EQ-6? Do you think you could ask if they can make another one for me, please?

If you want, send me a private message, if you wish to discuss offline.

Thanks again, and keep posting more pictures!

Regards,

skybsd




You are not going to believe this, but I forgot this post! Maybe it is because I do not understand the working of this forum very well...

I am very sorry, skybsd.

I have been speaking with the operator who made my adaptor, and he has stopped working last summer (because of his age, he is now a pensioner)

Regards (and sorry!! )

www.miguelmuro.com


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: mizarmms]
      #2780513 - 12/01/08 03:53 PM

Hi,
Good to hear from you again..,

Quote:

Quote:

That's good to know. Do you think that the pier adapter fits well with your EQ-6? Do you think you could ask if they can make another one for me, please?

If you want, send me a private message, if you wish to discuss offline.

Thanks again, and keep posting more pictures!

Regards,

skybsd




You are not going to believe this, but I forgot this post! Maybe it is because I do not understand the working of this forum very well...

I am very sorry, skybsd.

I have been speaking with the operator who made my adaptor, and he has stopped working last summer (because of his age, he is now a pensioner)

Regards (and sorry!! )

www.miguelmuro.com




Ahh.., not to worry my friend. Glad to know that you're still around., Hope your operator is enjoying retirement, by the way

Take care.

Regards,

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #2791699 - 12/07/08 11:27 AM

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Jim, it blends in with the house so well, that I almost missed seeing it!
Very nice!




At first I thought it was a "before" picture...
It took me a few seconds to recognize it was there.
It does blend in very well!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: MikeS]
      #2796532 - 12/09/08 10:00 PM

Here's something done by someone with to much time on their hands. Has sound as well!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04ZXbMR9aZs

Edited by wirebender (12/09/08 10:02 PM)


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #2799829 - 12/11/08 04:30 PM

Work in progress....
Step 1, diassemble and transport, done
Step 2, talk my wife into letting erect it, done
Step 3, Site prep, done
Step 4, Retrieve tractor from site, done
Step 5, construction plans, done
Step 6, waiting for Spring......


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Michael Rapp]
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Well, you talked me into it, here is my roll off roof observatory that I designed (actually stole some ideas) and built myself. Its at 4250 feet in North Eastern california.

Edited by DrBuck (12/16/08 09:07 PM)


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: DrBuck]
      #2809353 - 12/16/08 09:04 PM

Where?

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Nick Lloyd]
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Susanville, Calif 89 miles northwest of Reno---I see you are a luthier-----I am a cellist in the Susanville Symphomy and susanville string quartet------

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: DrBuck]
      #2809429 - 12/16/08 09:33 PM

Really a great job! Beautiful Observatory; thanks for sharing it with us.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: DrBuck]
      #2811932 - 12/18/08 05:13 AM

Hi all!

So nice observatories here and thank`s for sharing images with us!
I added 5 minutes video of my observatory in the youtube and it can be found HERE youtube MP observatory
Hope you enjoy and thank`s for watching

Mikko Pivinen
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Mr.päivinen]
      #2811988 - 12/18/08 07:42 AM

Hello Mikko,
Great video of your obs. Very nice indeed!
Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: SometimesKen]
      #2813906 - 12/19/08 03:29 AM

Thank`s Ken glad to hear that you did like it!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Rick Needham]
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Here is my small backyard observatory. It's made of steel profiles and sheet metal (steel on the walls and aluminum on the roof).
It houses my 8" F/5 Newton, primarily intended for astrophotography.
The main problem in designing the observatory was very limited space in my backyard. I had to move it as far from my house as possible (to get more observable sky) and that's why the observatory is located in the NW corner of my backyard (only half a meter from northern and western backyard fence). The problem was how to move the roof in such a limited space. I couldn't use a slide rolling roof design because I have a small backyard and I wanted to leave some "free grass" there for my children to play
That's why I decided to use this design of side-rotating roof. When I lower the roof it needs only half a meter wide space beside the observatory (I have some cypress trees there that serve as some kind of a "brake" when I lower the roof). Thanks to counterweights, I can move the roof easily with one hand (I do that from inside, it's very convenient). Unlocking and removing the roof takes less than one minute! And pulling the roof back needs only 10 seconds (on one occasion the rain came in only few minutes and that design saved my equipment).
The scope was on the tripod when I took these images, but it is on the steel pier now (and higher than before). I can post more images of my setup later.
I have a lot more images of construction details and I'll be glad to help if someone wants to use my design or experience.
Best regards to all,
Gobart
P.S. I'll post three more images now in replies (is it possible to attach more images in the same post, and if possible, how?).


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Another image...

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... and interior with the telescope.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gobart]
      #2814034 - 12/19/08 08:22 AM

Wow! Very nice Gobart! Love the look of it! Did you make it your self? Aluminium roof?

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gobart]
      #2814079 - 12/19/08 08:58 AM

Hi Gobert,

A fantastic Observatory. Well done.



Also I thinkl you should write it up for Sky & Telescope Magazine.

Alan

Edited by csa/montana (01/04/09 07:32 PM)


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      #2814273 - 12/19/08 10:58 AM

Thanks!
I didn't make it myself, but I made all designs and a scaled model of it. Also I prepared a concrete observatory base. I engaged some specialists to do the main job (tinsmith and locksmith) to make and assemble the parts.
It was surprisingly cheap (half of the price of the telescope, all materials included).


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      #2814278 - 12/19/08 10:59 AM

Alan, thanks for comment anbd encouragement!
I hope I'll send it to Yahoo group soon.
Greetings,
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gobart]
      #2814713 - 12/19/08 03:08 PM Attachment (335 downloads)

Exceptional design!

Really nice! Thanks for sharing this very unique Observatory with us!


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #2816074 - 12/20/08 12:39 PM

I absolutely LOVE it when we get the chance to see such a unique design here!

Beautiful job!

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: tim53]
      #2816369 - 12/20/08 03:57 PM

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Also I think you should write it up for Sky & Telescope Magazine.



I think so too, an excellent interpretation of a Flip Top Obs.

Gordan,it would also be great if you prepared an article for inclusion in the Observatory section here on Cloudy Nights.

najbolje s obzirom

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #2816436 - 12/20/08 04:43 PM

What caught my eye the most aside from the design was the clean build and overall neatness. Mike

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: mikey cee]
      #2817164 - 12/21/08 03:06 AM

Mike, Steve, Tim and Carol,
Thank you for your kind comments!
After all, it seems that I'll have to write that article
The language is some problem, but I am sure that someone will do proofreading and make necessary corrections in my text.
Best wishes,
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gobart]
      #2817634 - 12/21/08 12:30 PM

We will be anxious to read your article; and it will be pinned at the top of this forum

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Mark Ashley
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #2817839 - 12/21/08 02:45 PM

Hi all

Here's my modest ROR observatory in the UK. Please have a look at the website as well if you like!

Frome Valley Observatory, Dorset UK





Clear Skies
Mark Ashley


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Mark Ashley]
      #2817918 - 12/21/08 03:37 PM

Hi Mark,
How very pretty!

Congraulations on your build. Hoping to start mine soon - been putting it off for so long.

Best Wishes!

skybsd


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #2817962 - 12/21/08 04:10 PM

Thank you, Carol! I never thought that my small observatory could be so interesting here...
So, I have to get to work (and it won't be so easy - english is not my language... but I hope that I'll finish the article in next week or two).
Greetings to all,
Gobart


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gobart]
      #2818569 - 12/21/08 10:19 PM

Hi Gobart,

It would be great if you took my suggestion and wrote
it up for Sky & Telescope,




Alan

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Gobart
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #2818877 - 12/22/08 06:03 AM

Thanks, Alan! I'll do it. I hope I'll finish the article (and also necessary illustrations & photographs) this week. And, of course, then you can post it on your Yahoo Group.
Greetings,
Gobart


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Gobart]
      #2819013 - 12/22/08 08:48 AM

That would be Gobart ,

Enjoy your Observatory,


Alan

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #2819387 - 12/22/08 12:33 PM Attachment (442 downloads)

Can't believe I have not posted mine in this one before. So here it is. Construction pics on my website.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: DeanS]
      #2819434 - 12/22/08 01:06 PM

DeanS, it is a very, very nice observatory!
And a lovely scenery, too!
Greetings,
Gobart


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StarWrangler
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: DeanS]
      #2819468 - 12/22/08 01:18 PM

Fine Observatory Dean,

Looks a lot better than Mine,

Alan


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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #2819763 - 12/22/08 03:29 PM

That's a terrific looking observatory, Dean! Do you rent out the rooms?

David


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snydley
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #2821207 - 12/23/08 11:11 AM Attachment (372 downloads)

This is my humble POD.

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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #2821376 - 12/23/08 12:29 PM

Thanks guys, I decided to go all out when I built it. Glad I did.

David, yes I'll rent you a pier, come on over


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