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forestc
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6162172 - 10/28/13 10:17 AM

Nice scope! I love the look of the old Meade SCTs. I've been following your build thread for quite some time now, and I'm really enjoying watching your progress. Keep up the excellent work, I've learned so much already!

- Forest


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stmguy
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6162181 - 10/28/13 10:21 AM

Very good ! It does generate some excitement for sure the closer you get. I used a small catalytic propane heater inside my OBS to paint the inside in the wintertime and that worked great, just make sure you have some fresh air

Norm


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: forestc]
      #6162228 - 10/28/13 10:46 AM

Thanks Forest for your reply. Every day gets closer to being finished.I hope to post more later today.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: stmguy]
      #6162235 - 10/28/13 10:52 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

Norm,Thank you for your reply. I do have a propane Nibco style forced air heater.
I completely forgot that I had this. The OBS would heat up in a minute or 2 with it.
I guess I could use it for now just to get the inside painted.
Yet I am also looking for possibly a better electric heater option for when I am out there when I am not using the scopes.

Edited by tim57064 (10/29/13 12:08 AM)


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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6162591 - 10/28/13 01:57 PM

Hi Tim, I too puzzled over the staying warm issue. What my wife and I finally did was buy heated motorcycle clothing, which, while not cheap, works well. There are LOTS of issues trying to find a good electric space heater, and the alternatives of propane or natural gas are not good ones.

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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6163334 - 10/28/13 08:55 PM

Cool scope.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Aquarist]
      #6163413 - 10/28/13 09:43 PM

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Tim, throw in some networking cable!!! You want cat5 direct burial in tha trench too. Then you can network it. It'll make your remote imagjng significantly easier.




Absolutely. I have a double run. cat5 is cheap and you never know. In my case, I run it to a ethernet hub which can then feed a variety of useful devices, primarily computer related. (I installed remote desktop so I can do everything from my home, where it is nice and warm, using the observatory computer) When I was planning for this whole project, I realized that infrastructure was critical and had to be done right the first time. So, I made provision for extra electrical outlets and networking. So I deferred some things (delayed) but insured capability going forward.




Thanks so much for the advice and replies.
Yesterday I made the purchase of 100 feet of the direct bury cat5e cable with the ends already connected.
I saw today that it had been shipped .
So when it gets here I am going to go ahead and get it buried before the ground freezes.
I hope I can continue to count on you all for continued advice on this and more to come questions on running everything remotely when I get the scopes up and running.
Thanks again.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Raginar]
      #6163426 - 10/28/13 09:48 PM

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An Atlas would be a good choice. They're usually rock solid. I'd pick it over a CGEM. A decent used G11 can be had (without gemini2) for around 2k these days.




Thanks Chris,for your continued replies.
I would not mind a G11 except I would want goto.
I have seen 3 Atlas EQG mounts lately for $1000.00 or less,it is too bad I am going to have to wait for a while though.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Raginar]
      #6163442 - 10/28/13 09:58 PM

Chris ,Thanks.although I think it would be better if it were,like ,your 12' LX200? I am very happy she is home though. I named Her, "Blue Bell".Kind of odd I guess.
Huh, it was easier naming the scope than it has been coming up with a name for the OBS.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6163452 - 10/28/13 10:04 PM

forest,I forgot to add that I am glad someone else besides myself is learning from my OBS build.

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forestc
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6163542 - 10/28/13 10:43 PM

I most definitely am!

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6163611 - 10/28/13 11:05 PM Attachment (19 downloads)

Lets try this again.
Somehow I lost my first attempt at posting.

Today I was able to get the electric run into where the panel is,not without a few hiccups.
First thing,I had to get both the electric and the cable for my HD set attached to the underside of the deck.
At first I had decided to use 1"PVC conduit I had,yet there was not enough.
So instead of paying for some more I used the 3/4"PVC conduit I already had. Big mistake as it took me all from 10 am to 3:30pm to get the job done.
The 10/3 with ground underground wire I used to power the OBS, is exactly 3/4" wide.
It does fit into the tubing yet just barely and with a slight difficulty.
The cable for the TV I am putting in the OBS also had to fit. It went in easier though,even when shoving it thru after the electrical wire.
The PVC conduit is used when coming out of the ground, to where ever you are running it, for protection from damage and critters.
Okay,3/4" conduit,3/4" wide wire,+ cable TV cable, not a good combo.
Anyway after a little consternation that was done.
I was then able to use what I had left of the 1" conduit to finish the run into my shop and the electric panel.
So now I have actual, full time electricity, in the Observatory.
Neighbor friend of mine coming over some time this week with proper tools and parts for making Cable TV connections.

Here is the first of a few pic's showing progress.

Edited by tim57064 (10/29/13 12:10 AM)


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6163620 - 10/28/13 11:08 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Here is the pic showing the run of the deck where the cables had to go under,16 feet long.

Edited by tim57064 (10/28/13 11:10 PM)


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6163627 - 10/28/13 11:12 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Another shot where it goes into the shop between the 2 doors.
This one is a little blurry as I was getting cold.Sorry.

Edited by tim57064 (10/28/13 11:37 PM)


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6163636 - 10/28/13 11:16 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

One last image of the day showing the installed wire into the box. It is the one coming in on the right side. and then into the double 30 amp breaker.
Will see what I am able to get done tomorrow as I plan to run into town to get the Hand winches. One or 2 ,I do not know will probably get 2 for now. Might split one to run both ways.Will describe later.
"Till the morrow,

Edited by tim57064 (10/28/13 11:22 PM)


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Aquarist
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6163985 - 10/29/13 06:03 AM

Progress! Congrats. Wire pulling is sometimes a PIA.

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stmguy
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6163986 - 10/29/13 06:04 AM

Looks like you've been working hard! Coming along nicely by the looks of it

Norm


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: Aquarist]
      #6164107 - 10/29/13 08:21 AM

Thank You so much Steve,for Your continued support.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: stmguy]
      #6164133 - 10/29/13 08:37 AM

Norm,I very much appreciate your comments and support.

There are times,things I am doing on this build seem as though they should go easier,yet do not.

Then there are others that I expected to be more difficult and they prove not to be so.

The ups and downs of a ,thought to be straight forward project, proving to be otherwise.

Yet with the help from those of you on CN makes it so much easier to go thru.
Thanks Again


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6164177 - 10/29/13 09:09 AM

Well it is beginning to get light outside and I can see that it has become wet, very windy and is definitely cold.
Think it would be a good time to make a run to Macs to get the hand winch.

I am thinking about what another had done here with the hand winch.
I want to make sure the one I choose can be dismantled,
so as to retrofit it.
Adding a disk to separate the 2 sides so each cable or rope can be wound in the different directions which is needed to open and close the OBS roof.
When I return,I will post a pic of what I get and start the dis-assembly with detailed photo's.

Edited by tim57064 (10/29/13 09:10 AM)


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