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theflop
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Reged: 02/25/09

Loc: Ortonville, MI
Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory
      #5717641 - 03/07/13 01:54 AM

Here is an update to the Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14391998@N08/sets/72157631025311416/


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tadpoletoo
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Reged: 04/18/11

Loc: NW Michigan
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5784350 - 04/07/13 05:18 PM

nice looking building! my uncle lives in Goodrich.

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Raginar
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: tadpoletoo]
      #5784467 - 04/07/13 06:19 PM

Looks like a professional build Gratz!~

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1965healy
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Reged: 06/23/07

Loc: San Antonio, TX
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: Raginar]
      #5784804 - 04/07/13 09:14 PM

Well done!

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tclehman1969
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Reged: 05/18/10

Loc: SF Bay Area, California
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5785010 - 04/07/13 11:08 PM

Nice looking observatory!

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csa/montana
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5785101 - 04/08/13 12:10 AM

Really nice! I especially like the tongue & groove paneling!

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theflop
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Reged: 02/25/09

Loc: Ortonville, MI
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5788068 - 04/09/13 01:08 PM

Thanks for the nice comments... here is the first photo ever from the observatory:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14391998@N08/8544436775/in/photostream

Now that it is warming up I can finish the final interior trim and add carpet and other nice touches. I got sick of the cold over the winter... even with a heater.

PS I also added winches so the roof can be automated with one switch. Pics to come.


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1965healy
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Reged: 06/23/07

Loc: San Antonio, TX
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5788139 - 04/09/13 01:40 PM

Nice image! M42 is a favorite of mine. Working on the interior of my ROR is something I really enjoy, your is beautiful already so it'll just keep getting better!

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Raginar
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5789159 - 04/09/13 09:16 PM

I really want to see how you automated the roof removal.

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theflop
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Loc: Ortonville, MI
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: Raginar]
      #5789450 - 04/10/13 01:01 AM

I purchased two winches from Harbor Freight on sale. One pulls the roof off and the other pulls the roof back on. When one winch is in use the other must be in neutral! Since the winches have reverse I will look into making one single switch that allow both winches to run, one in forward and one in reverse using low current relays. I will document this and post it! I winches were only $60 each! They work great.

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Raginar
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5789861 - 04/10/13 09:42 AM

Awesome can you take some pictures of how you mounted them?

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theflop
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Reged: 02/25/09

Loc: Ortonville, MI
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: Raginar]
      #5790569 - 04/10/13 03:31 PM

I am working on the winches this weekend and will draw a schematic and post everything!

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Raginar
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: Ortonville Deep Sky Observatory new [Re: theflop]
      #5791246 - 04/10/13 08:27 PM

Thanks

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