Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Equipment Discussions >> Observatories

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | (show all)
starbob1
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 03/11/07

Loc: IN
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5820477 - 04/24/13 06:51 PM

Great job. So much fun reading this thread. What a great place to wash down a Foster's . Bob

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5837725 - 05/03/13 07:17 AM

Finally I have a finished banner and some variants for the observatory's website to give it a fresh new look. My graphic artist has been tirelessly working with me to come up with a concept together then work his magic!

He's given me a fully-rendered banner, watermarks for the new photos out of the telescope and stuff for embroidery, mugs, t-shirts or whatever!

The new banner is on top of my page below. I'm very happy with it!

As I publish the other variants, I'll show them off.

http://www.asignobservatoryii.com/


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5839579 - 05/04/13 05:39 AM

I've run out of money (looks like for quite a while now) so all I can do is the jobs that cost nothing. Today I sanded down another log for the stair supports then started digging the garden bed. The quality of the dirt is rubbish so I'll have to get rid of it and replace it with some good soil. I also have to dig two trenches in it, one for the drainage pipe near the wall to lay in, plus another on the outside of the bed to run a row of rocks in for the edge.

1. Sanded down log for stair support

2. removed the lawn and weeds to expose the bare clay.

3. Digging in the trench near the slab's edge for the drainage pipe.

4. Starting to lay in the rock edge.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5853252 - 05/11/13 04:38 AM

Got busy today and dug the trenches all the way around for the drainage pipe and a row of border rocks.

Started on cutting the underlay to size for the obs and laid it in on the top floor, ready for carpet tomorrow.

1. Garden bed

2. My home-made compass for drawing big circles...

3. Underlay cut to size

4. Relax'n with an ale at the end of the day on the quiet underlay.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5869077 - 05/18/13 10:12 AM

Got some carpet cut and put down on the floor. Now to get it layed properly and then steam-cleaned.



Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5869085 - 05/18/13 10:19 AM

Looking good!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: tim53]
      #5871163 - 05/19/13 11:26 AM

Thanks Tim!

Finally!! Work has started on the stairs!

The builder's carpenter turned up today and together, we plotted out the stairs. There's a lot to watch out for with building standards, made even more challenging by the curve. Stair calculations are fairly simple though, once you get the hang of them. I just happen to be doing a tertiary course right now and just last week, we had an assessment on stair calculations. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!

With it all marked out, this week I'm going to crack on with cutting the support posts, fitting them and cutting the hole in the top floor larger to stop people from hitting their heads as they ascend the stair.



Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
hm insulators
Post Laureate


Reged: 01/22/07

Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5875744 - 05/21/13 12:22 PM

Quote:

Thanks Tim!



With it all marked out, this week I'm going to crack on with cutting the support posts, fitting them and cutting the hole in the top floor larger to stop people from hitting their heads as they ascend the stair.






Definitely not the kind of stars people want to see! Or as I like to put it, headbanging is only good to Metallica or Judas Priest.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5881612 - 05/24/13 04:15 AM

Today I got an early mark from tech school, so I came home to work on the observatory.

I had another log to inspect and grade to see if it was good enough to support the stair stringers. This one had several layers of rot, but it was a beautiful piece of wood. I used a rotary chisel to rake back all the layers until I was happy with what was left. It turned out pretty darned good actually. So far I haven't yet oiled them, so their true colour is yet to come out, but I have left the borer insect marks on the wood as I just love the look.

1. Stairs marked out.


2. Log to strip back.


3. Scribbly little suckers. These patterns are gonna stay!


4. Three posts in position.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5890628 - 05/29/13 12:06 PM

Laying in the drainage pipe.



Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5891781 - 05/30/13 04:00 AM

Drainage in, shrubbery planted and garden mulched.



Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
lunar
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 07/03/10

Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5893189 - 05/30/13 08:37 PM

Very nice design and updates! I love seeing the photos as well. You have a very interesting project here, I'm only too happy that you're sharing it with all of us.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
hm insulators
Post Laureate


Reged: 01/22/07

Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: lunar]
      #5902037 - 06/04/13 03:32 PM

What kind of shrubs did you plant?

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: lunar]
      #5903248 - 06/05/13 06:02 AM

Quote:

Very nice design and updates! I love seeing the photos as well. You have a very interesting project here, I'm only too happy that you're sharing it with all of us.




My pleasure mate!

Baz.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: hm insulators]
      #5903249 - 06/05/13 06:03 AM

Quote:

What kind of shrubs did you plant?




Mexican orange blossoms. They grow to about 1.2 metres, are evergreen and hedge well.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! new [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5903250 - 06/05/13 06:03 AM

Progress on the stairs. Four stringers cut to the correct angle and calculated for the rise, tread and number of steps. Posts rebated to firmly seat and bolt in each stringer.

Making a massive mess of the space, but it will look a million bucks when I'm done!



Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5912432 - 06/10/13 04:05 AM

Today was probably the most productive day I've had on the observatory in a long time. Not only did I get hours of precious time, but I also trialled a couple of new tools.

One was a flap disk to fit the angle grinder. It's a round disk covered in overlaying sections of very coarse abrasive. I used it to strip the bark off the wood I am using for the balusters.

The other is a rotary chisel. This is also a round blade for the angle grinder, but it has only three teeth in it. It takes of massive amounts of wood in a single pass and is also very dangerous.

Finally, instead of trying to manoeuvre the belt-sander all over the wood, I turned it upside down on the saw-horse and clamped it down. Now I can move the smaller and lighter pieces of wood over the belt sander with ease. The trick now is to watch the knuckles as I de-skinned two until I got a good technique.

I got the top of the stairs (top floor) cut to match the vertical line of the stringers, plus dressed the hole with some big pine. The stringers are all bolted in and I made a start on the hand-rails and balusters.





Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
csa/montana
Den Mama
*****

Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: bloodhound31]
      #5913170 - 06/10/13 01:59 PM

I'm loving the staircase railing and supports! Really nice to recycle wood; and this wood is beautiful!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Mary B
Vendor - Echo Astronomy and Electronics
*****

Reged: 05/21/10

Loc: Minnesota
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: csa/montana]
      #5917454 - 06/12/13 06:01 PM

That stairs is going to look so cool with the local wood instead of the typical pine or fir.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
bloodhound31
professor emeritus


Reged: 03/01/07

Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!! [Re: Mary B]
      #5921672 - 06/15/13 03:10 AM

Thanks guys!

WOOT WOOT!! YIPPYKAYAY!!

Finally I've made a start on the treads. The first one was the hardest, just working out how best to mark the template and deciding if I was going to go flush with the outer wall or take the tread right into the wall.

It worked out a lot more secure to go into the wall, fastening supporting timber inside the steel studs. Now I've got two treads in, custom cut to fit exactly. As I showed my wife and bragged about my superior craftsmanship, I jumped hard on both treads - SOLID AS A ROCK!

I'm well pleased. The second tread was a lot faster than the first, so now that I have a technique worked out, I should be able to get around three in every hour I get in there.





Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | (show all)


Extra information
9 registered and 7 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Christopher Erickson, Joe C, Mr Greybush 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 24945

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics