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EdmontonAB
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5494560 - 10/29/12 12:20 PM Attachment (60 downloads)

Finally got the roof on the observatory. I decided to go with a smoked polycarbonate roof. Having the light come in during the day makes if more enjoyable if I want to get away from the house and do some work. If required I will add some styrofoam panels under the roof in between the purlins to keep the heat out during the summer. The main reason I picked this kind of roof is to let light in during the day and it is lightweight. I didn't want to add to much weight so that it wouldn't require to much effort to open the roof. Still need to add the trim and paint. Should look a lot better when the backyard is landscaped.

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EdmontonAB
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5494561 - 10/29/12 12:20 PM Attachment (48 downloads)

Closed.

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JoeT6571
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5494971 - 10/29/12 04:55 PM

Great looking observatory. Congratulations. Keep the pictures coming.

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Raginar
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: JoeT6571]
      #5495103 - 10/29/12 06:17 PM

Looks awesome

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johne
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: Raginar]
      #5495835 - 10/30/12 07:38 AM

Really nice job.

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Starman27
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: johne]
      #5495928 - 10/30/12 09:42 AM

Class act! Is the roof metal over wood or metal to frame. Have you insulated the roof?

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EdmontonAB
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: Starman27]
      #5496078 - 10/30/12 11:52 AM

Herman,

The roof is smoked polycarbonate. I decided to use it to cut down the weight and because it lets light through. I can work in there during the day and get natural light. I haven't put any insulation in there yet. If dew becomes a problem I will insert some syrofoam boards in between the purlins. It will be held up by friction so if I want some light coming through, I can just pull it out. It will almost be like having a skylight.


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Starman27
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5496460 - 10/30/12 04:35 PM

Nice idea. I have to open one side of my roof to get light.

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EdmontonAB
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: Starman27]
      #5551049 - 12/02/12 09:06 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

Finally finished my 8 x 10 roll off roof observatory. Everything came together pretty good. Just need to finish the inside and it should be good to go. Total cost was approx $1600, which I think is pretty good. Still working on the landscaping and just ignore the temporary fence to keep the dog off the new grass.

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EdmontonAB
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5551055 - 12/02/12 09:09 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Pretty excited to start using the Mach 1, but the weather forcast tells me I could be waiting a while. Still need to finish the inside of the observatory. The polycarbonate roof is great and makes working in the observatory during the day very enjoyable.

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EdmontonAB
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5833470 - 04/30/13 11:41 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Ready for a night of photography.

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hbastro
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Reged: 04/25/13

Loc: CA, USA
Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: EdmontonAB]
      #5833474 - 04/30/13 11:45 PM

Looks great! best of luck... I've got the domes open and the cameras cooling as well...

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PWP
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update new [Re: hbastro]
      #5833479 - 04/30/13 11:49 PM

Very nice!!

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rlandsboro
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Re: Stonehearth Observatory Update [Re: PWP]
      #5833515 - 05/01/13 12:23 AM

Nice work! Looks very clean and finished.

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