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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6155133 - 10/24/13 09:57 AM

Nate ,Thank you so much for you continued support and replies.
Before my whining rant I failed to thank Mary B and Steve for their replies.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6155169 - 10/24/13 10:11 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Steve as always I can count on getting a pick me up here.
As for being skilled?,I make so many mistakes and at times it seems as though I do not learn from them as on the next project I make the same ones.

The weather front here is changing as far as gloom and doom is concerned.Gonna be clearing up the next couple of days.


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Megabusa
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Reged: 05/28/12

Loc: Page ,AZ
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6155185 - 10/24/13 10:18 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

Quote:

I too am not a club person for a variety of reasons. I like this particular thread because:

+ It has pictures and I am a visual person
+ It is highly detailed and I learn stuff
+ Tim is so much more skilled than I am (which makes me a bit envious, but keeps my interest high)

But not all threads grab me. Some because of the lack of the positives above, some because I cannot relate as well as I can to this thread.

Some threads give me ideas for my own situation or give me caveats of things not to do with my observatory.

This board is a smörgåsbord of stuff, some of which will appeal, others of which will not.


I guess you want photos , I can see that !

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6155192 - 10/24/13 10:22 AM

I have to add something here. If Cloudy Nights Forums were not here,I do believe that my interest in astronomy would not have been renewed and the building of my Observatory would never have gotten to the point it is.

I must give a Huge Thank You to everyone that has come to my rescue in reviving my interest.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6155198 - 10/24/13 10:25 AM

You know Nate? I would have not thought about framing in the electrical panel. I like it.
Are those 2 double breakers or 4 individual?

Edited by tim57064 (10/24/13 10:27 AM)


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Megabusa
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6155212 - 10/24/13 10:32 AM

Quote:

I have to add something here. If Cloudy Nights Forums were not here,I do believe that my interest in astronomy would not have been renewed and the building of my Observatory would never have gotten to the point it is.

I must give a Huge Thank You to everyone that has come to my rescue in reviving my interest.


TIM! From Me , Your Welcome , And I feel the same way you do , I would never have started mine if it were not for everyone on here.

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MHamburg
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6155248 - 10/24/13 10:46 AM

To Everyone here,

Michael


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Megabusa
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Loc: Page ,AZ
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6155274 - 10/24/13 10:59 AM

Quote:

You know Nate? I would have not thought about framing in the electrical panel. I like it.
Are those 2 double breakers or 4 individual?


2 double breakers there Tim , (Piggybacks) , My lights in the Control-Room are on one , Lights in Obs are on one, Power in Control-Room are on one, and Power in Obs are on one , This is just the way I did it , It's not really necessary . Sometimes when I start something I get out of hand

Edited by Megabusa (10/24/13 11:06 AM)


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Raginar
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6155311 - 10/24/13 11:14 AM

Hey Tim,

I love your thread. I wondered the same about my threads because some tend to get more 'love' than others. I figure it's just based on h fantastical or if it's a unique design. I think your posts are great and I really like your build. I'd love to see it some time! If you're ever over in Rapid City, you're more then welcome to see my shed too

Once you get everything together we should do some collaboration. I've seen guys who take pictures of the same object over a few nights... So I could do the narrowband and you could do the RGB for instance or vice versa. That way we get more(better?) data over a shorter time. There is software to basically resize our data to make it match.

Anyways, thanks for all your posts. I don't always write in here but I love reading your thread. Keep it up!

Chris


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Megabusa
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Loc: Page ,AZ
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6155342 - 10/24/13 11:35 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

O by the way ! Piggybacks or designed to add breakers if you have no more room in you box for a Breaker ,Long as you don't exceed the lamentations on the Panel , You can take one single out and put a piggyback Double in , I ran out when I was building my house , Just like My Obs I wanted everything on separate breakers , All my Outlets or 20Amp and split in most rooms , Lights 15Amp , and so on ,

Edited by Megabusa (10/24/13 11:36 AM)


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Megabusa
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6155350 - 10/24/13 11:41 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

Here's the Panel in my other building next to my Obs , I framed this one in to .

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Aquarist
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Reged: 08/27/12

Loc: Illinois
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6155409 - 10/24/13 12:10 PM

The framing does add an aura of class. I would allow for expansion if feasible by adding a couple unused breakers. In my case, I have a LOT of outlets, including four on the pier but no breakers. I have everything run to my whole house generator, "just in case". I can see being trapped in the observatory without being able to run the shutter or dome.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Raginar]
      #6156356 - 10/24/13 09:02 PM

Chris,Thank you so much for your sentiments.
If you ever did make it to this side of the state,you would be welcome to come check out the OBS and if at some point my wife and I head that way again,I would love to do the same on your end.

A collaborative night imaging would be fun.
We could use Skype as a means to chat while doing so.
Thanks again,keep in touch


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Raginar
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6156377 - 10/24/13 09:14 PM

Steve, LOL on running it to your house generator .

Tim,

No worries bro. It would be fun! You ever check out www.nightskiesnetwork.com? It's for Mallincam and video camera users but it's a fun place to look around. You can use programs like WebCamMax to share your desktop and us 'imagers' can use it to share what we're doing on there. It's pretty entertaining.

I'd be down. I'll keep an eye on your thread and we can work something out when you're closer to completion. Weekends work best for me (military).

Chris


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6156413 - 10/24/13 09:34 PM

Nate,If I had a warm room attached to the OBS I guess I would have 4 breakers also.
As it is 2 20 amp is probably going to be enough for my applications,9 outlets and 2 light switches.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6156417 - 10/24/13 09:35 PM

Steve,Whole house generator huh? Power must go out as much as it does here.I finally broke down a couple years ago and picked up a 10,000 watt generator just for those numerous occasions. Had to use it three times this year.
Hooked up our elderly neighbor to it also since she is on oxygen practically all the time.
The last time though another neighbor did the same for her.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6156450 - 10/24/13 09:55 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Well the clouds went away for a while and it warmed up into the upper 40's today. So I got back to installing the sheeting on the walls.
I was able to get all the full size sheets installed so all that is left is a couple small pieces per wall.
I was thinking the other day what would be wrong with just hanging all the sheets so that the seems all lined up,yet decided to hand it normally as you would drywall,like you would laying brick,offset. Makes a much stronger wall.


Now ,I know this does not look like much right now,just imagine paint on the walls. Wish I had a fish eye lens.
Here's a shot from today's progress.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6156452 - 10/24/13 09:57 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Just One more shot from a different angle.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6156462 - 10/24/13 10:05 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

I also took the time to install the breaker box since I needed to get the walls done. All the wiring is in place and only have one light switch left to install and of course all the covers.
Tomorrow it is going to be into the 60's so I plan on working outside,digging the trench for the underground wire and cable.
Hopefully will also finish up the angle iron for the roll off operation and install the 1"x6''s for under the overhangs. It is going to be a busy day.

Here is a shot of the installed breaker box. I know boring.


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Raginar
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6156480 - 10/24/13 10:15 PM

That's pretty impressive. I'm imaging tonight! First night in almost a month.

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