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orion69
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Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
My half-observatory
      #5310396 - 07/09/12 07:58 PM Attachment (141 downloads)

Since I don't have space (yet) for proper observatory, this half-solution will do for some time.
Scope is used for AP only and I'm very happy to say that guiding is better then before (when it was used normally).

Knez

Some pictures:


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orion69
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Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5310397 - 07/09/12 07:59 PM Attachment (105 downloads)

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orion69
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Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5310400 - 07/09/12 07:59 PM Attachment (103 downloads)

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Bart
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/28/06

Loc: Somewhere near Charlottesville...
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5310416 - 07/09/12 08:20 PM

Nice setup, did you build the platform?

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orion69
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: Bart]
      #5310467 - 07/09/12 08:48 PM

Quote:

Nice setup, did you build the platform?




Yes, made of 6 iron bars 100x12x1.5 cm, same thickness wood between iron bars and 2 oak planks (100x28x5.5 cm) on top acting like anti-vibration device. Platform total weight is little over 100 kg, so it is very stable.

Knez


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5310606 - 07/09/12 10:41 PM

Very nice!

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Starman27
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Reged: 01/29/06

Loc: Illinois, Iowa
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5310669 - 07/09/12 11:21 PM

Interesting solution. I like the way the platform has been degigned to maintain accurate polar alignment along with the markings on the patio tiles.

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Bart
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/28/06

Loc: Somewhere near Charlottesville...
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: Starman27]
      #5310972 - 07/10/12 07:45 AM

Oh, I missed that. Bet the wife wasn't too happy about that!

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orion69
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Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: Bart]
      #5310995 - 07/10/12 08:09 AM

Quote:

Oh, I missed that. Bet the wife wasn't too happy about that!




Don't have a wife, yet...

First things, first.

Knez


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StarWrangler
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Reged: 09/03/04

Loc: Three Rivers, MI U.S.A>
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5311512 - 07/10/12 03:07 PM

Nice setup Knez,

Good idea I lust might try it since I live in Apartments.

Well done.

Alan O.


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nytecam
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Reged: 08/20/05

Loc: London UK
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5311645 - 07/10/12 04:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Nice setup, did you build the platform?


Yes, made of 6 iron bars 100x12x1.5 cm, same thickness wood between iron bars and 2 oak planks (100x28x5.5 cm) on top acting like anti-vibration device. Platform total weight is little over 100 kg, so it is very stable. Knez


Well done - innovative design

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orion69
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: Starman27]
      #5311694 - 07/10/12 05:14 PM

Quote:

Interesting solution. I like the way the platform has been degigned to maintain accurate polar alignment along with the markings on the patio tiles.




Marking on the linoleum (btw very good for suppressing vibrations too) helps to get Polaris in polar scope but for accurate polar alignment I use modified Kochab method which is very quick (<3 min) and accurate enough for 30 min subs.

Knez


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orion69
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Reged: 05/09/10

Loc: Croatia
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: nytecam]
      #5311723 - 07/10/12 05:32 PM

Quote:

Well done - innovative design




I was looking for similar designs including Wheeley Bars and other solutions which included wheels but I wasn't sure if those products could give me 30 min subs routinely. People say that they work but I wanted something more stable. With this design I practically don't have weight limit (manual forklift has 2500 kg limit), meaning when I buy bigger mount and larger scope it will not be a problem to just attach it to the platform. Also there is enough place on the platform for everything I need for AP, I just pull it to marked spot and connect USB hub (all cameras, mount, FW are attached to that hub) to notebook.

Knez


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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: My half-observatory new [Re: orion69]
      #5316786 - 07/13/12 11:25 PM

The pallet loader is a really good idea. The only thing with those is they can turn over, so staying low to the ground is the order of the day. But then again, you don't have a problem with that, the way you have it set up.

Good work!

-Rich


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