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rimcrazy
sage


Reged: 03/03/12

Loc: Overgaard, AZ
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: Footbag]
      #5617710 - 01/11/13 06:19 PM

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It will have an alarm/security system, but a lot of damage could be done in the meantime.




My home/observatory is in a remote location. I have a security system but what I really rely on is I have very visible active security camera system everywhere along with the necessary signs indicated 24 hour video surveillance. All of my doors have steel security doors which cannot be kicked in. I can and do regularly monitor my home from 130 miles away in Phoenix. I have been the victim of theft and break-ins a few times in Phoenix. You cannot stop someone if they are bound and determined to break in. What you can do is make your residence extremely undesirable and difficult. This makes your neighbors a much more likely target and not you. Sad, but it is the truth. Most break-ins are by addicts looking for a quick dash to get cash. My observatory is a dome with one entrance. It has a steel security door. The building is 10' high to the bottom of the dome and essentially un-scaleable without a ladder. Not foolproof, nothing is but pretty darn difficult.

Edited by rimcrazy (01/11/13 06:37 PM)


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stmguy
sage


Reged: 10/11/12

Loc: Western NH
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: rimcrazy]
      #5618502 - 01/12/13 06:25 AM

My conventional roof observatory might fit your needs , it isn't perfect and I'd do some things different if I started over. It does give you the protection of a dome while not looking like one.
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5466873/page...

Norm


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droid
rocketman
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Reged: 08/29/04

Loc: Conneaut, Ohio
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: stmguy]
      #5620208 - 01/13/13 05:57 AM

Little late, but one more testomonial for BYO. Scott and Don showed up with truck and trailer, and four or five hours later tops, drove away. Mine was a very basic model, so didnt require a lot of extras.If I ever have another one built ,it will only be bye BYO

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raf1
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 11/18/05

Loc: south Texas
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: droid]
      #5621137 - 01/13/13 04:14 PM

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Little late, but one more testimonial for BYO.




No surprises, great workmanship and drama-free. Just the way I like it!


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Footbag
Postmaster
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Reged: 04/13/09

Loc: Scranton, PA
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: raf1]
      #5621376 - 01/13/13 06:16 PM

I made a pano of the observatory location. I know, no sky, I didn't take the pics. You can see where the trees are, just not their tops.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll175/Footbag01/Untitled_Panorama1_zps1154...


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1965healy
The Snarkster
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Reged: 06/23/07

Loc: San Antonio, TX
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: Footbag]
      #5621457 - 01/13/13 07:04 PM

Hmmmm. If you built it even/level with the porch you could walk right into it w/o getting out into the elements, have a short run for electrical and use your bedroom as your control/warm room. You could probably follow the pitch of the porch roof and have a sloped rather than gable roof. You could slide it north along the wall of the house. Done nicely it coud have log posts and be stained to match the house. I'm pretty sure Scott has built at least one log cabin Obs. They do make split log siding so you might be able to make it look pretty unobtrusive, he matched my shingles and siding on my Obs to my 70+ year old house almost exactly. If you retire the Obs it could be used for storage, a potting shed or a play house. The parental units would probably be happier if it looked like it belonged there.

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Footbag
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Reged: 04/13/09

Loc: Scranton, PA
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5621551 - 01/13/13 08:08 PM

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Hmmmm. If you built it even/level with the porch you could walk right into it w/o getting out into the elements, have a short run for electrical and use your bedroom as your control/warm room. You could probably follow the pitch of the porch roof and have a sloped rather than gable roof. You could slide it north along the wall of the house. Done nicely it coud have log posts and be stained to match the house. I'm pretty sure Scott has built at least one log cabin Obs. They do make split log siding so you might be able to make it look pretty unobtrusive, he matched my shingles and siding on my Obs to my 70+ year old house almost exactly. If you retire the Obs it could be used for storage, a potting shed or a play house. The parental units would probably be happier if it looked like it belonged there.




That is a very good idea if it is possible. We used log looking siding on the other side of the house. I think that's probably what you are referring to as split log, and it blend nicely. I really like the idea of combining that with log posts. I won't be able to cut logs form the porch, but I could probably hop over onto the observatory deck.

I do have to be careful through. I picked April because that's when I'd have the budget. If it gets to be a much larger project, I'll have to save for a bit longer.


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bluestar
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 11/06/05

Loc: Maryland Eastern Shore
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: Footbag]
      #5630583 - 01/18/13 09:02 PM

Scott and crew built my observatory some years ago and it's a dream. Being a visual observer w/portable piers we did the slab ourselves. Scott "bundled" his trip to the Mid Atlantic to coincide with a build just up the road in Philadelphia...saves costs! Predesigned via his plans, he had some of the wall sections pre-assembled in the trailer and purchased odds and ends locally. I made recommendations re nice but economic overnight motels in town...everything lined up ahead of time. Costs were right on the $$ with NO surprises...except some late mods where, after seeing the site, Scott felt I didn't need the fold-down wall and built it solid...and he was right!

My signature has the archived CN thread w/BO and our build experience. BEST thing I ever did. I still pinch myself out there at night to be sure I'm not dreaming.


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TCW
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/05/13

Loc: The North 40
Re: Backyard Observatories... Installed pricing? new [Re: Calypte]
      #6255231 - 12/15/13 08:58 PM

The issues with out of state contractors in California are these. If they have workers comp then you would be covered in the case of an injury, just get proof. Technically it would be illegal to hire them if they are not CA State licensed. That would be a judgment call depending on how rigid your local building department is and if your neighbors are tattletales. If you are concerned about the licensing it might be possible to have them work under a local CA licensed contractor. Liability insurance would be good but not necessarily mandatory; it just depends on your level of comfort.

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