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MRNUTTY
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 11/22/11

Loc: Mendon, MA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: droid]
      #5713155 - 03/04/13 07:18 PM

Especially like:
1) big observation window. I stuck with a smaller one for the extra wall space inside and out.
2) extension arm for the scope room monitor. I'm thinking of iPad based intel.
3) lighting! I'm a big fan of those "deck lighting" lozenges, and the red floor illumination.
4) finally. The roll off; that was my first choice but I couldn't make it work up north with the snow we get.

In florida, isn't your "warm" room a bit of a misnomer? Maybe I missed the joke first time around :-) great job!


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Tim Gilliland
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Reged: 03/28/09

Loc: Sand Springs Okla.
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5713250 - 03/04/13 08:07 PM

Very nicely done!

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Dr Morbius
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Loc: ManorvilleNY-but not for long
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Tim Gilliland]
      #5713719 - 03/05/13 12:54 AM

Positively super job!!!!

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EdTheEdge
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 04/10/09

Loc: Lomita, CA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Dr Morbius]
      #5714023 - 03/05/13 09:16 AM

Very nicely done!

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gastargazer01
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Reged: 12/21/12

Loc: Flowery Branch GA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: EdTheEdge]
      #5714698 - 03/05/13 03:28 PM

Very nice job! Great to see people recycling.
I am in the process of designing and laying out my deck OBS.
I like the monitor by the scope, my warm room will be about 50 feet from the scope so tat would be nice.

http://bufordexchange.com/members/mikesastro/CameraOBSplacement.html


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RobertED
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Loc: Smithfield, RI
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: droid]
      #5714730 - 03/05/13 03:47 PM

Very Excellent setup!!....I LIKE!!!

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PWP
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Reged: 07/24/11

Loc: Moscow Mills, Missouri
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: droid]
      #5716680 - 03/06/13 03:35 PM

Very nice. Love the double roof design. Just wondering though why you chose the higher walled space for the scope instead of switching it with the warm room? Guess you wouldn't have been able to have the slick roof slide over the other if you did it that way I suppose. Seems it would have given you a little more horizon though. Guess you could always get one of those telescoping piers if needed so your scope can peek over the walls. Still, I love it. Good job!

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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: PWP]
      #5716781 - 03/06/13 04:28 PM

Quote:

Very nice. Love the double roof design. Just wondering though why you chose the higher walled space for the scope instead of switching it with the warm room? Guess you wouldn't have been able to have the slick roof slide over the other if you did it that way I suppose. Seems it would have given you a little more horizon though. Guess you could always get one of those telescoping piers if needed so your scope can peek over the walls. Still, I love it. Good job!




Good question:

Well, the original structure was built when I was a newly married 20 something that didn't know anything about observatories. No Internet back then! When evaluating the structure for use at my new home, I was concerned about the towering wall height.

As it turned out, the tall walls seemed not to be an issue due to very high tree lines surrounding the property, as well as unfortunate local light polution.

Also, when adding the warm room I needed every millimeter of the height to clear the warm room roof. There is just 1/4" clearance between the roofs! I feel the Main wall height was the absolute minimum required for the design. Any less and the warm room ceiling height would have been too low, any more height, and my views would be compromised.

It was a stoke of luck that I somehow got the height right for a warm room addition to be added 25 year into the future.

Edited by Wmacky (03/06/13 04:40 PM)


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Raginar
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. [Re: Wmacky]
      #5717173 - 03/06/13 08:05 PM

I love the double roof too. Beautiful job Wmacky

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rigel123
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Reged: 06/29/09

Loc: SW Ohio
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5724299 - 03/10/13 05:02 PM

That is one awesome setup!

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Aeryck
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Reged: 03/10/13

Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: droid]
      #5754380 - 03/24/13 04:17 PM

Awesome work and perfect setup. Very envious.

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Glen A W
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Reged: 07/04/08

Loc: USA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: droid]
      #5758546 - 03/26/13 04:08 PM

I know you just did this to make me jealous!


Really, though, it looks great. The good use of space with the warm room under the tracks is A-1. Also, I like the handy placement of Burnham's books. You can't have this right without them.

GW


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MHamburg
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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: Wmacky]
      #5758811 - 03/26/13 06:28 PM

How do you control the mount from the warm room?
Michael


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Jaime Riviere
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Reged: 05/07/09

Loc: Salamanca, Spain
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: MHamburg]
      #5761797 - 03/28/13 06:50 AM

Lots of ideas and beautiful result! Thanks for sharing

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stmguy
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Reged: 10/11/12

Loc: Western NH
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: droid]
      #5762118 - 03/28/13 10:26 AM

Very nice,clean looking OBS , great job !

Norm


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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: MHamburg]
      #5764853 - 03/29/13 02:17 PM

Quote:

How do you control the mount from the warm room?
Michael





Didn't see the thread active again!

Currently I'm using Stellarium for scope control, and diving into astro totilla. I have also found that a need a remote focuser. I'm thinking about a Rigel system as it works with a lot of different units.


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snowcrow
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Reged: 10/21/12

Loc: Vermont
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Wmacky]
      #5786427 - 04/08/13 05:07 PM

Great restoration, Love the warming room!!

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shkong
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Reged: 01/18/13

Loc: WA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: snowcrow]
      #6363492 - 02/08/14 08:16 AM

Ex my C11 found nice home.

I would like to build the similar one here in Washington State.

It was 18 degree this morning.

Thomas


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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: Wmacky]
      #6363545 - 02/08/14 09:08 AM

Wmacky,You have made yourself a fantastic retreat.

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Reged: 05/18/05

Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: The Black Creek Ob. is finally done! Take a Tour. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6363696 - 02/08/14 10:18 AM

Most excellent!! You should be proud.

David


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