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Mary B
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: stmguy]
      #5908279 - 06/07/13 04:18 PM

Nice! You would never know that wasn't a commercial dome.

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Carl N
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: Mary B]
      #5908650 - 06/07/13 07:43 PM

Wish I knew where to find one in San Diego!

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MDB
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: stmguy]
      #5908869 - 06/07/13 09:58 PM


Berlinstar

When you began this project I could not see an observatory in your fiberglass storage tank, thankfully your vison far surpassed mine. Much to my surprise there was a fine observatory there. Nicely done too, enjoy!

Mike


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ahopp
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: MDB]
      #5909278 - 06/08/13 07:15 AM

Great Job.

Tony


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5909394 - 06/08/13 09:12 AM

That is outstanding!

What a beautiful observatory, made from literally out of nothing! The old saying "silk purse out of a sow's ear" certainly doesn't apply here!

You've done an absolutely amazing job, and we thank you for sharing your idea from start to finish with us! Ingenuity is alive and well!


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berlinstar
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5910063 - 06/08/13 04:34 PM

If you guys don't mind, I'm going to keep posting the progress. Lots to do yet - flooring, pier, and all of the extras that go with it.

I got my shutters glassed up today. They're still a tight fit, but one of the cool things about moving them about on the frame is the scoring in the paint where too tight. Will be getting the grinder out for this one, then reprinting. I also have to come up with a mechanism to make the shutter system easy to use, but for now it's all about keeping the weather out!


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Midnight Dan
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5910479 - 06/08/13 09:42 PM

Yes, please keep posting! I've really enjoyed this thread and would love to see more about how you outfit the observatory.

-Dan


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1965healy
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5910750 - 06/09/13 01:31 AM

My Dad used to make rope handles by cutting a thick dowel to about 4" long then drill a hole in the middle, run a piece of rope thru it and tie a knot. He made jump ropes drilling thru the ends, or pull handles drilling thru the side.

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berlinstar
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Loc: Berlin Center, OH
Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: 1965healy]
      #5910978 - 06/09/13 08:33 AM

First light last night for the observatory and the Gemini II... Horrible night for seeing, and need to get the GII figured out for goto, none the less, LOVE the OB!

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tim57064
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5911059 - 06/09/13 09:50 AM

Quote:

If you guys don't mind, I'm going to keep posting the progress. Lots to do yet - flooring, pier, and all of the extras that go with it.

I got my shutters glassed up today. They're still a tight fit, but one of the cool things about moving them about on the frame is the scoring in the paint where too tight. Will be getting the grinder out for this one, then reprinting. I also have to come up with a mechanism to make the shutter system easy to use, but for now it's all about keeping the weather out!


Yes, Please keep posting pic's of your progress.I like to read posts here yet images are nice also.

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csa/montana
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5911684 - 06/09/13 05:23 PM

Quote:

If you guys don't mind, I'm going to keep posting the progress. Lots to do yet - flooring, pier, and all of the extras that go with it.




Mind? We would be very disappointed! We want to keep following your progress!


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TeleTex
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5911705 - 06/09/13 05:37 PM

Simply Awesome. Keep the post coming!

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droid
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: stmguy]
      #5923252 - 06/16/13 05:31 AM

Outstanding job. Looks beautiful

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berlinstar
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Loc: Berlin Center, OH
Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: droid]
      #5925908 - 06/17/13 04:36 PM

What are you guys doing for dew/humidity control??? At the moment, the OB is sitting on bare ground with no ventilation - I've gone in there a couple of times in the morning hours and it's like walking into a rain forest, and the entire dome and walls are covered in condensate. I would think that by getting it up off the ground with 4x4 posts and a platform will alleviate most of this problem???

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zawijava
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5926092 - 06/17/13 06:30 PM

and possibly a vapor barrier if not on a slab.

Quote:

What are you guys doing for dew/humidity control??? At the moment, the OB is sitting on bare ground with no ventilation - I've gone in there a couple of times in the morning hours and it's like walking into a rain forest, and the entire dome and walls are covered in condensate. I would think that by getting it up off the ground with 4x4 posts and a platform will alleviate most of this problem???




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Carl N
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: zawijava]
      #5927276 - 06/18/13 11:10 AM

I would recommend looking at a product called schluter kerdi,

http://www.schluter.com/8_1_kerdi.aspx

It is a fabric from Germany I used in my shower. You can attach it to wallboard, concrete, wood, anything. It creates a water barrier that is virtually unmatched. If you make a base of concrete, or wood then a layer of Kerdi, with a top layer of concrete, tile, stone, wood, whatever you want your floor to be, you will have no moisture from below. Then add a cut out square or two in your walls and place a vent screen for keeping out criters, you will have solved the rain forest problem.

Edited by Carl N (06/18/13 11:13 AM)


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berlinstar
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank [Re: Carl N]
      #5932943 - 06/21/13 12:48 PM

Excellent. I appreciate the recommendations.

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berlinstar
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5941009 - 06/26/13 08:13 AM

We got our first two MAJOR storms yesterday. I checked the inside for leaks/drips, and had no water intrusion through the dome & shutter. Good sheet rain with high winds. Shutters are holding tight, etc!

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lunar
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Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: berlinstar]
      #5944854 - 06/28/13 02:00 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

Hey,

I was showing this post to my dad and he expressed a lot of interest given that we live in a farming community and it's likely that many probably have these laying around. I'm also highly interested in the idea as I've always wanted an observatory, and my parents have always told me they would allow it since that they're not very happy with the southeast corner of the lot (below image, and it's actually kind of convenient given that it's closest to the middle of the field and away from any trees nearby). As i was showing my dad your steps he thought it was pretty sweet, and the end result appears to be clean and admirable in appearance (much better than a pile of old dead limbs and odds and ends).

I was curious as to what you're going to coat the door with that you covered with wood which you bent over the top. He was as well, just to keep it weather-proofed.

Edited by lunar (06/28/13 02:01 PM)


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berlinstar
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Loc: Berlin Center, OH
Re: Observatory from a Fiberglass Storage Tank new [Re: lunar]
      #5988369 - 07/24/13 07:49 PM

Hey! Thanks for your interest! Actually, what I did was use one of the reinforcement ribs as kind of a drip edge for the door. The corners stick out a little and for longevity, I really should either cut them back under the fiberglass, or put a layer or two of glass over them.

Hope you can locate a tank, and you're welcome to ask any questions - hopefully I can help.


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