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Midnight Dan
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Christmas present to myself
      #5590154 - 12/26/12 07:14 PM

Well, I did it. I placed the order for a Skyshed POD, model XL5 (5 bays around the outside). When I get it installed on a raised deck, it will look something like this: http://www.skyshedpod.com

I'm finding that I just don't have enough time to enjoy the rare clear nights that come along here, especially with setup time involved. I want to do more AP and it takes me an hour to haul everything out, set it up and polar align. Then, of course it takes time for tear down too. That essentially leaves out any possibility of AP on weeknights when I have to get up the next day for work.

So I decided that if I want to be able to use my equipment with any regularity, it needs to be set up and ready to go in an observatory. And this looks like the least expensive way to go. Lots of happy customers too, so it comes with a good pedigree.

I would have waited, but they announced on their website that the prices are going up by about $500 on the first of the year. So I took the plunge! Won't be able to get it installed till later on in the summer, but the process has started!

I will, of course, post pictures when any progress occurs.

-Dan


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SilentKnights
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5590177 - 12/26/12 07:35 PM

Now that's a Christmas present !! I hope you have clear skies and enjoy that present !!

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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5590184 - 12/26/12 07:41 PM

Wow! That will be impressive. Like to see pictures when its ready to go! Congratulations Dan .... Tony

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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5590206 - 12/26/12 07:58 PM

You lucky dog ! I guess you were on the really nice list. Enjoy Dan and hope you get lots of use from it.

James


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5590299 - 12/26/12 09:05 PM

Sounds like a winning plan Dan!

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dgerow
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: herrointment]
      #5590384 - 12/26/12 10:03 PM

Congrats Dan, I am so happy for you. If anyone deserves such a nice toy it would be you. The advice and help you have given on this forum has been kind and helpful to so many including myself. You make everything so easy to understand and continue to be extremely patient with all of us. I can't wait for your " first night" report. Thanks for all you do for us!

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Tel
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: dgerow]
      #5590753 - 12/27/12 06:24 AM

Congratulations, Dan ! A decision you certainly won't regret ! Now if we could just arrange a little better weather for the coming year .........

Best regards,
Tel


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5590759 - 12/27/12 06:31 AM

Congratulations! That's a necessity well served in the long run.

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Bob Griffiths
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5590853 - 12/27/12 08:59 AM

LOL....
Dan what can I say besides congratulations !!
especially since the prices will continue to escalate ...

I purchased MY ED in early 2006.. and today I could not even replace the dome itself for what I paid for my entire, complete and fully functional observatory

Bottom line... I feel like I stole it...and I bet in 6 or 7 years you will look back and say the same thing..

Bob G.


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Skip
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Bob Griffiths]
      #5590990 - 12/27/12 11:08 AM

Big congrats, Dan. Keep us posted with pitures!

All the best for the new year!!!


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Skip]
      #5591212 - 12/27/12 01:35 PM

Pleased as punch for you Dan

If you enjoy your P.O.D half as much as I enjoy mine, then your in for a treat.

Looking forward to the pics.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Skip]
      #5591213 - 12/27/12 01:35 PM

My congrats too Dan, like everyone else i`m looking forward to seeing some pics of your obbsey, of course now, someone will have to come up with a name for it as tradition seems to dictate, something like "Midnight skies observatory", well ok, i`m sure others will do better

best regards,

Tom.


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ghataa
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: haytor]
      #5591235 - 12/27/12 01:51 PM

Thanks great Dan. Very cool!

Best,

George


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: ghataa]
      #5591585 - 12/27/12 06:34 PM

Envy you - Nice Present!

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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: NorskeBob]
      #5591593 - 12/27/12 06:40 PM

Looks like you're stocking up for retirement. Good plan, worked for me.

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Midnight Dan
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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Arctic_Eddie]
      #5591620 - 12/27/12 06:56 PM

Quote:

Looks like you're stocking up for retirement. Good plan, worked for me.




That's the plan! Won't be able to get these kinds of expenditures approved by the CFO once the revenue stream is gone!

-Dan


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5591633 - 12/27/12 07:05 PM

Dan,

you re livin the dream.

Pete


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5591956 - 12/27/12 11:13 PM

Good for you Dan. I can only imagine how excited you must be.

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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: jhirsch]
      #5592455 - 12/28/12 10:59 AM

Very nice Dan.

I'll bet you'll be humming "Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me ... " (to the tune of Happy Birthday) for the next few months.

Welcome to the "dark side" ... you're going to love it.


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Re: Christmas present to myself new [Re: mclewis1]
      #5593016 - 12/28/12 05:40 PM

And a Haappy New Year! When does it arrive?

Why wait till summer? Just clear out the place where you want it, rent a couple of construction heaters and a fan. Pick a day when it's not raining or snowing and the wind is not too strong. You can dry a place up in 12 hours.

It's hard to stop a train (and a dedicated astronomer )


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