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Wmacky
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 11/24/07

Loc: Florida
The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour.
      #5709658 - 03/02/13 10:17 PM

And it only took 1 year and 2 months. I guess BYO won't be hiring me anytime soon.

For those that remember, this started as a transport, and refurb of an old observatory that I built 25 years ago when I was just 20. The property had since been used as rental, and the OB was treated poorly by all those tenants.

The project rapidly escalated as I kept reading other builders Ideas on this forum!

Here's the rehab thread started over a year ago:


http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5027475/page...

And here's the sad OB I started with just before is was transported 20 miles on a flatbed to my current home.




And here's the final pics

First some exterior shots.




























Here's a shot of the warm room desk after installation. My wife picked out a sheet of birch plywood that had a wild looking figure to it. She thought it looked like a nebula! I wasn't so sure, but I went with it, and I'm very pleased how it turned out.







Here's the only idea I didn't steal from you forum members. At least I haven't seen it before. I thought it would be handy to have a pull out monitor that could be positioned next to the scope for star chart viewing, and focus help when imaging.























Main room shots:





























Here's a closer look at a deal a stumbled on. A co worker's wife works for a Stainless Steel fabricator. The had 20 medical carts left over from a custom order of 100. These extras were going for less than material cost, or $50. They looked like a science cart to me so.......

I installed a nice hardwood top (desk leftover), and it's now my eyepeice / camera case cart!







After seeing, and reading about the fantastic idea of using (Hidden rope) light that a few members were using, I had to add it. (Great Idea Carol!)

Please excuse the quality of these pics!











OK, who wants to see the warm room?



































Well this is Florida you know!









Edited by Wmacky (03/02/13 11:01 PM)


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korborh
professor emeritus
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Reged: 01/29/11

Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5709718 - 03/02/13 11:06 PM

Wow, a very nice observatory and control room.
Excellent job! Congratulations.


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5709755 - 03/02/13 11:35 PM

This transformation was well worth the year & 2 months! It's absolutely beautiful! The entire perks that you added are awesome! You will certainly spend a lot of quality time in this beautiful setup!

Thanks so much for sharing this rebuild with us!

Congratulations!!


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Foehammer
professor emeritus


Reged: 06/29/06

Loc: Cyprus
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5709852 - 03/03/13 01:46 AM

wow, just wow! The hidden rope light is an excellent idea, I had installed the same thing in a 2.7m dome I had worked on and it was the best thing about it! put it on a dimmer so you can control the brightness and off you go! Im in the process of building my 2m split-top so I might just steal some ideas from your beautiful observatory! Great job, really! Hope it gives you endless nights under the stars!

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rockethead26
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/21/09

Loc: Arizona, USA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Foehammer]
      #5710048 - 03/03/13 07:35 AM

Very nicely done! Someday ...

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bigstormgirl
super member


Reged: 01/02/12

Loc: NW Indiana
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5710137 - 03/03/13 08:44 AM

That is so cool! Just showed my husband the pictures and told him "we need this!". Luckily, he agreed.

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Jeff Smith
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Reged: 04/06/10

Loc: Chicago
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: bigstormgirl]
      #5710147 - 03/03/13 08:53 AM

Very nice! Comfy!

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Midnight Dan
Postmaster
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Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Hilton, NY, Yellow Zone (Bortl...
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Jeff Smith]
      #5710261 - 03/03/13 10:03 AM

Beautiful! Well done!

-Dan


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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5710294 - 03/03/13 10:23 AM

That is one sharp looking observatory. The other thing it has is room for gear. Very well done!

-Rich


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Raginar
Post Laureate
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5710448 - 03/03/13 11:25 AM

Beautiful job! I love the glass from the warm room to the observatory.

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Aquarist
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 08/27/12

Loc: Illinois
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Raginar]
      #5710564 - 03/03/13 12:37 PM

Excellent job! I just absolutely love the amenities as they make using it a real joy.

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MHamburg
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5710612 - 03/03/13 01:00 PM

Beautiful job!! What capacity electrical service did you run to the obs?
Michael


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Madratter
Post Laureate


Reged: 01/14/13

Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5710774 - 03/03/13 02:42 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. I would call you a lucky man, but luck has little to do with it.

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Goodchild
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 12/31/08

Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Madratter]
      #5710792 - 03/03/13 02:51 PM

You did a great job and it seems like it was worth the effort. Kudos to your wife for a good eye. And a great idea with the pullout monitor for star fields. That's one I'll have to copy. Thanks for sharing.

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JoeT6571
member


Reged: 03/11/12

Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Goodchild]
      #5711023 - 03/03/13 05:09 PM

Great job on your rebuild. I really like the window and pull out monitor.

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Mary B
Vendor - Echo Astronomy and Electronics
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Reged: 05/21/10

Loc: Minnesota
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: JoeT6571]
      #5711265 - 03/03/13 07:14 PM

Monitor out by the scope? Did it already...



Nice observatory, I still have trim to finish in mine.


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Starman27
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Reged: 01/29/06

Loc: Illinois, Iowa
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Mary B]
      #5711466 - 03/03/13 08:56 PM

That is an outstanding reconstruction job. How big is you warm room L X H X W ?

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tclehman1969
sage
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Reged: 05/18/10

Loc: SF Bay Area, California
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Starman27]
      #5711517 - 03/03/13 09:28 PM

Very nice job! I have to agree with Raginar...window between warm room and observing room is an excellent idea! I am guessing it makes it feel a bit bigger, too! Very clean operation, well done!!

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Wmacky
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 11/24/07

Loc: Florida
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Starman27]
      #5711618 - 03/03/13 10:14 PM

Quote:

That is an outstanding reconstruction job. How big is you warm room L X H X W ?




Warm room is 8'x10' The ceiling is peaked in the center. A tight 6' at the side walls, and a comfortable 7'2" at the center peak.

The size turned out about perfect. Wouldn't change it if given the chance. I think it's right size for it's purpose, and it just feels right. Plenty of room for a couple guests, but not too much.

It was a lucky guess. Many of my other guesses were wrong!

Edited by Wmacky (03/05/13 01:36 PM)


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droid
rocketman
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Reged: 08/29/04

Loc: Conneaut, Ohio
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. [Re: Wmacky]
      #5711645 - 03/03/13 10:28 PM

Outstanding.....love it

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