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BYoesle
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MAD Observatory
      #6097079 - 09/23/13 04:16 PM Attachment (181 downloads)

When I was a small boy growing up in the Bay Area my family was having dinner one evening with my godparents, and I got my first telescopic view of the moon through my Godfather's 3 inch Unitron. I was amazed at the detail. Seeing my excitement, later that year for Christmas I received my first telescope - a 60 mm Unitron refractor. We went up to Lick Observatory and planetarium shows in San Jose and San Francisco. I began dreaming of having my own observatory some day -- at the time the dream was for a 6 inch F15 Jaegers refractor on an equatorial mount housed inside a dome...

Since then I have acquired many more (and much larger) instruments, but unfortunately don’t get to use them as much as I would like due to the time and effort in setting them up and taking them down.

So now I have commenced the building of the long-dreamed-of observatory, dedicated to the memory of my mother and father, who steadfastly encouraged and supported my astronomical interests. But since the Helen Rose and Vernon Arthur Yoesle Memorial Observatory sounds a bit formal and awkward, I have decided to name it the Mom And Dad -- or MAD -- Observatory. It’s about the size of a small garage, located in a clearing at 2100 ft. (640 m) elevation near my house in a Ponderosa Pine forest.

My design goal was for a large enough building to mount and house two fairly large optical tube assemblies - a C14 on a Cave Observatory mount with auxiliary instruments on one, and a fork mounted solar patrol multi-scope configuration on the other. I also wanted a roll-off-roof design open to the grandeur of the sky, along with an insulated warm room and plenty of storage. I came up with the plan below, which uses a split-roof design with a main observing floor 16 feet (4.9 m) east-west and 12 feet (3.7 m) north-south. The two piers with mountings should still be able to observe below the celestial pole, and I am also considering using lifting columns to make observation of overhead objects easier. I have plenty of clearance of the southern horizon with a south wall height of only ~ 5 feet (~ 1.5 m).

HWH Construction (Hippies with Hammers – sort of goes with MAD doesn’t it?) built my house and I was very impressed with their quality and ethics. So considering my lack of ability for such a large construction project, they received the go-ahead to start construction earlier this month.

As this observatory progresses, I will make additions to this thread.


Mom and Dad / Observatory sketch.


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097081 - 09/23/13 04:17 PM Attachment (76 downloads)

Using just this sketch, HWH went to work: The observatory site with pier foundations poured.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097083 - 09/23/13 04:18 PM Attachment (50 downloads)

One of the two concrete telescope piers.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097084 - 09/23/13 04:19 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

Ted Bradwell (yellow shirt - owner/general contractor) and Jessie Bybee of HWH Construction setting the floor timbers and joists.

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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097085 - 09/23/13 04:19 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

Ted uses a more sophisticated “hammer” to secure the floor joists - having the observatory’s floor raised a bit higher off the ground will hopefully eliminate some ground seeing effects.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097087 - 09/23/13 04:20 PM Attachment (60 downloads)

Jessie discovers a visitor to the construction site.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097088 - 09/23/13 04:21 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

Ted celebrating getting the flooring down!

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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097090 - 09/23/13 04:22 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

Roof rail support pillars are up.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097091 - 09/23/13 04:23 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

Don Fry of The Dalles, Oregon, and I welded up the 64 feet (19.5 m) of inverted angle iron tract shown here waiting for installation on the two 33 foot (10 m) long glulam roof rail beams.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097092 - 09/23/13 04:23 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

Track installed with 4 inch (100 mm) V groove wheels -- 700 lbs. (318 kg) capacity each. Three north and 3 south per each roof half should give plenty of capacity to withstand the highest winter snow loads. Only $11 each through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/RWM-Casters-V-Groove-Bearing-Capacity/dp/B00426CB5U/ref...

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097093 - 09/23/13 04:24 PM Attachment (57 downloads)

West roof sheathed.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097094 - 09/23/13 04:24 PM

A great looking project and a terrific site! Sure hope those blue skies I see in the pictures remain once you're done.

David


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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097095 - 09/23/13 04:25 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

East roof taking shape earlier today.

Thanks Dave! Of course being the first day of Autumn it decided to rain...


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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097099 - 09/23/13 04:26 PM Attachment (57 downloads)

Roll Off Roof rafters seen from ground level, and framed doorway to the observation room.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097101 - 09/23/13 04:28 PM

Thanks for looking -- more will follow.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097253 - 09/23/13 06:25 PM

Bob,
Great looking project! That's a nice tribute to your folks. Please keep us posted with progress.
Michael


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BYoesle
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6097505 - 09/23/13 09:56 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

Thanks Michael... here are the last pics from today.

View from the NE to the SW: Entry & warm room now has a roof.


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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097508 - 09/23/13 09:58 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

Warm room roof rafter detail.

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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097514 - 09/23/13 10:00 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

View from SW to NE, ready for metal roofing and side walls.

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rigel123
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Re: MAD Observatory new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6097820 - 09/24/13 02:27 AM

Great post Bob, and great looking observatory!

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