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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
In the process of Building my Observatory.
      #6105667 - 09/28/13 10:37 AM

Okay here we go. I got the go ahead to put an observatory in our backyard from the wife. Thank goodness because I was really getting tired of the time it takes to haul out the scopes,dealing with dew,and then only being able to view for a short period of time because of clouds. Sooo many times the skies would look clear or the forecast was suppose to be clear and clouds would roll in even thin high cirrus clouds will mess up your night if you want to image.

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Scott Busby
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Reged: 03/04/12

Loc: Spotsylvania County, N. VA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105672 - 09/28/13 10:39 AM

You won't regret it.

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wavecloud
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Reged: 09/22/13

Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Scott Busby]
      #6105694 - 09/28/13 10:49 AM

What sort are you planning on making it?
Rolloff? dome? Something else?


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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105704 - 09/28/13 10:57 AM

I have settled on on 10'x12' size for a roll off roof. My property is not all that large, 98'x130' including our house which is a ranch that takes up 28'x74'including the 2 car garage and a woodworking shop,16'x18' on the back of the garage.
The observatory will be directly south about 50 feet of our back deck which is off our dining room.
Now my wife will have a complete view of this as she spends most of her time at the dining table on her computer, during the day,this is her favorite spot. Being able to watch the birds and other wildlife that show up in the yard,mainly Squirrels, Rabbits,Hawks,Wood Ducks,even the occasional Muskrat and the many other species of birds we have in our area. We are by no means in the woods or even out in the country which would be so cool as would also have deer.


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csa/montana
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Loc: montana
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105706 - 09/28/13 10:57 AM

Tim, Congratulations on your upcoming build! However, this requires you to post lots of photos so we can follow along with the build.

This is one decision you won't regret. The convenience of an observatory is second to none!


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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105740 - 09/28/13 11:17 AM

Well I wanted to get started on it before posting so that I could get some pic's put up of the build as I started this thread. So far, I have,or I should back up here a little bit.
In building the decks on the house a few years back, I was able to dig the footings with a one man hand auger.
I started to attempt this again for the OBS build.No Frickin' way, as I attempted to dig the first of 7 holes it took me 2 hours to get down to 24"s. So I decided to go rent a single man gas auger and give it a try. What the heck?****
No way,already this thing is kickin' my tail. No boulders, not even a rock, just solid dried out clay. I was able to get down to 36 inches after an hour fighting the auger and the auger winning.
So my next resort was to try and get my stepson here to dig the holes with his Bobcat and 12in auger. Okay,okay I know, you say why didn't you just do that to begin with?
Well first of all my backyard is surrounded by neighboring yards and completely fenced in. Second and foremost It has only been a week since I got the go ahead to build this thing and very short notice for just about anyone to come help. I am the type that when I decide to do something,I want to do it now and not wait for others.


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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105744 - 09/28/13 11:19 AM

Carol and others, Thanks for your quick replies. I have pic's , I am just trying to setup what has already transpired.

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105773 - 09/28/13 11:38 AM Attachment (94 downloads)

Well I have run into a bit of a problem. I took the shots/pic's of what I have already done and tried to upload them and am not able to do so as it states they are too large. Now I thought I thought of that to begin with, yet I guess 1.45 to 2.38 meg images are also too large. I am not sure how to re-size them. Never done that before. I have a Canon T4I. Help here would be appreciated as I would love to upload them for all to see. Thanks
Well I have since taken more shots of what I have already built and this is the only one that is small enough to upload. Not sure how to set the camera,other than S3,to take smaller resolution images.

Edited by tim57064 (09/28/13 01:12 PM)


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wavecloud
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Reged: 09/22/13

Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105810 - 09/28/13 12:02 PM

You sure about the Roll-off? In the windy Prairies perhaps you want the wind, dew, and light protection of a Dome. If you've already broken ground for a 10x12 ROR you could still m make a 10x10 or 10x12 dome...

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: wavecloud]
      #6105834 - 09/28/13 12:16 PM

wavecloud,I Thank you for your reply and yes, I have already broken ground. I have the floor joists already up and have chosen a concrete pier for mounting scopes on. ROR's are a good choice for my location as there are a few of them within 150 miles of me.I have already built one yet it is 75 miles away, not close enough to use on a regular basis.
The winds are rather a constant here and are frequently in the 20 to 30 mile an hour range. With the use of turnbuckles to lock down the roof when not in use, it is pretty secure. They, the turnbuckles, can also be used if the winds are a little strong while the roof is open. Thanks again for your reply.


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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6105994 - 09/28/13 01:40 PM

wavecloud, I decided to build a Hip roof for the roll off design and already special ordered the Red Steel roofing for it. I thought about asphalt shingles yet the weight of that style of roofing is what has caused me to go with steel.
This will be my first time building a hip roof and I am going to make it vaulted inside for clearance issues using 2"x6"s for the trusses, hand built.
If anyone out there knows how to reduce the size of images so that I can download what I have ,around 15 shots, I would appreciate your advice here,Please. thank you.

Edited by tim57064 (09/28/13 01:42 PM)


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Raginar
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Loc: Rapid CIty, SD
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6106017 - 09/28/13 01:56 PM

Looks great Tim. Glad to see you went with a wood deck. The pier looks mighty nice!

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Tom and Beth
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Reged: 01/08/07

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6106045 - 09/28/13 02:08 PM

Hi Tim

Photo Reducer Plug in tool

It sits in your browser window. Click, resize, check size, post


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #6106488 - 09/28/13 07:27 PM

Hi Tim,
I love BD Sizer 3.3.3

Michael


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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6107164 - 09/29/13 10:18 AM

Hello to all.I am still having trouble with uploading images.I have tried the suggestions by Tom and Beth and Michael and have had no luck. Please if you are able to,help me with this so that I am able to share with you what I have accomplished so far. Thank You

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MHamburg
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6108099 - 09/29/13 07:54 PM

Hi Tim, go to this site. You will love it.

http://en.softonic.com/s/free-download-bd-sizer-3.3.3

Michael


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wavecloud
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Reged: 09/22/13

Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6109296 - 09/30/13 01:36 PM

Can you knock down the resolution on your camera? Or have you got a cellphone?

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: wavecloud]
      #6110826 - 10/01/13 09:30 AM Attachment (72 downloads)

Lets try this again.This is an image of the placement of the footings of which are 42" deep.

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6110862 - 10/01/13 09:52 AM Attachment (58 downloads)

here is another

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6110871 - 10/01/13 09:55 AM

Okay I finally figured out how to downsize images I want to upload here, Yeah! Thanks Michael, took a little bit yet figured out how to use bd sizer.

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