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Re: Is it worth establishing an observatory? new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5533726 - 11/22/12 10:49 AM

Short answer, IMO absolutely yes!. I'm a bit disabled and it makes all the difference. As David posted, it may be the best $$ you spend in the hobby, that is how I feel. I also in an LP city environment. Amazingly a neighbor about 2 blocks away saw mine and now has his own - his is much nicer.

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Re: Is it worth establishing an observatory? new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5533733 - 11/22/12 10:54 AM

Having a dome is the best decision I made. It allows instant access and increase my time under stars 10x easily.

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Re: Is it worth establishing an observatory? new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5534554 - 11/22/12 10:25 PM

Quote:

Short answer, IMO absolutely yes!. I'm a bit disabled and it makes all the difference. As David posted, it may be the best $$ you spend in the hobby, that is how I feel. I also in an LP city environment. Amazingly a neighbor about 2 blocks away saw mine and now has his own - his is much nicer.




I had to chuckle just a little when I read your post saying your neighbor's obs was nicer than yours. Mine is as spartan as it gets. It's painted nicely and looks nice on the outside, but if you were to remove the astrohardware and the carpeting, my obs interior would be no different than a typical garden shed. However, it's water tight and has withstood three hurricanes. Besides, when all is going well, I don't spend a lot of time in it. I imaged M45 last night and it took about 20 minutes to start exposing. I went out a little over two hours later, made some flats and bias frames and came in and went to bed.

If I had to tear stuff down and move it into the house, I'd have been out there a LOT longer. If you're so inclined, build yourself an obs.

David


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Re: Is it worth establishing an observatory? [Re: Jeff B]
      #5537953 - 11/24/12 10:23 PM

Absolutely. It's no more than a 5 minute setup to observe and shut down, which includes covering the mount and OTA with a couple sheets to minimize dust on them. If you have guests over to observe, you should get something like the 11.5' observatory as it will hold a large cassegrain and several people. I live outside Los Angeles; so it's probably darker where you are.

Edited by Dan McConaughy (11/24/12 10:26 PM)


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