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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6144679 - 10/18/13 11:29 AM

Very true.

But again, I'm not concerned in my particular situation. My location, plus the fact I'm home nearly all the time, my house & observatory are pretty secure. Most around here wouldn't even know that it's an observatory, and even what an observatory is! In the event all fails, my insurance covers everything in there.


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Reged: 05/14/05

Loc: montana
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6144699 - 10/18/13 11:40 AM

Here's something of interest, with exterior hinges.

Security with exterior hinges


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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: csa/montana]
      #6144726 - 10/18/13 11:51 AM

Carol, Thank You for your reply.
Yeah,I guess if you are home most of the time,there shouldn't be much concern about security.

I thought I had seen those style of hinges before.Thanks for the link.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6144737 - 10/18/13 11:56 AM

It is finally warming up a little . Started at 30 degrees F this morning..So it is time to get busy on the electric install. Later all. If there is anyone out there that can answer my inquiry about my computer repair question I posted a few comments ago, I would appreciate any and all replies. Thanks

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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: tim57064]
      #6144767 - 10/18/13 12:13 PM

TIM , When I lived in Louisiana I had two buildings in the back yard where I had most of my tools , And Mean Hi end tools , I use to build and race Motorcycles , Some times at night if I hard a sound I would run to the window a check my buildings , And like Bob said even with a metal door they can still break the door frame , So what I did is add a (Wireless) Buzzer like the ones you see at Small Shops , When You open the door the Buzzer lets the Owner know someone is there , The Speaker part plugged right into a 110 outlet that was on the wall closes to the buildings (Bedroom) We never had a problem with break ins , But if that Buzzer where to go off But if your Not home there's nobody to hear it , You could also have a Key activated Alarm, Alarm Sound when you open the door where your hole Naberhood could hear it , I'm still going to ad the Buzzer to Mine , I just have to remember to unplug it or turn it off when in use so I don't wake up my Loving Wife

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stmguy
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Reged: 10/11/12

Loc: Western NH
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: Megabusa]
      #6144823 - 10/18/13 12:49 PM

PC issue could be lots of things but would suspect the power supply if the fan on it doesn't start up . Did you blow out the PC ? We would usually unplug things like hard drive, CDROM , remove memory and see if it POSTS with some error beeps , manufacturer site should give the error beeps info
Norm


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Megabusa
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Loc: Page ,AZ
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: stmguy]
      #6144939 - 10/18/13 01:45 PM

Quote:

PC issue could be lots of things but would suspect the power supply if the fan on it doesn't start up . Did you blow out the PC ? We would usually unplug things like hard drive, CDROM , remove memory and see if it POSTS with some error beeps , manufacturer site should give the error beeps info
Norm


TIM ! I don't know much about PC problems maybe Norm got the right idea , But I do know this , You said earlier you had (Windows 7) in that PC I think, I got a new (Windows 8) PC for my Obs and had nothing but problems with it (Windows 8 Sucks I think) I could NOT download my software for my scope amongst other things ,I went round & round with Celestron that said it was my new HP PC fault and then round & round with HP that said it was Celestron Software fault So I swapped it with the PC in my office that is ( Windows 7) everything downloaded and everything works perfect now , So I would say it's worth getting it working because of Windows 7 .

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ninosr
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Reged: 10/19/11

Loc: Sioux Falls, SD
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6145048 - 10/18/13 02:53 PM

Tim
I can take a look at it, will call you sunday night when I get back from my trip.
Mex


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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: ninosr]
      #6146265 - 10/19/13 09:21 AM

ninosr,Hey,I am extremely happy see you came to Cloudy Nights. Everyone,Please give a warm welcome to this gentleman. He is a friend and very knowledgeable in astronomy and scope functions.
Thanks nino I'll await your call.

Edited by tim57064 (10/19/13 11:52 PM)


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csa/montana
Den Mama
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: ninosr]
      #6146275 - 10/19/13 09:32 AM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Glad to have you join us on the forums, especially our great little corner here!

How nice that you are not only a friend of Tim's, but that you are close enough to help him out on his observatory! That's what makes this hobby so great!

Thanks for joining, and don't be shy around here!


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6146276 - 10/19/13 09:32 AM

Nate, Thank You again for your continued support and advice.
Since I am still working on the OBS,I have time to get something installed for security.
As far as the computer goes,yes it is windows 7 and would love not to have to get another computer with windows 8.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6146286 - 10/19/13 09:40 AM

Norm,Thanks for your reply and advice. The power supply problem is exactly what I am hoping it will be.If it is this,I hope it will not be expensive to replace. It is an older computer,yet I did like how it ran and had very little trouble with it over the years.I should have never moved it to my woodworking shop.
I have another one out here now that I am currently on and need to build some sort of case that has filters all around it so as to keep the dust out. I purchased it at an online store that sold it as refurbished.It was very reasonably priced so I could not pass it up,windows 7 also.

Norm,I don't know what you mean by blow out the PC.Oh Yeah,if you mean clean it,Not enough I guess. I have had it apart and thoroughly cleaned it ,after the fact.

Edited by tim57064 (10/19/13 09:43 AM)


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Megabusa
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Loc: Page ,AZ
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: ninosr]
      #6146319 - 10/19/13 10:07 AM

Quote:

Tim
I can take a look at it, will call you sunday night when I get back from my trip.
Mex


Any Friend of Tim is a friend of mine Welcome aboard the Star Ship

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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]
      #6146325 - 10/19/13 10:08 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Well folks,Yesterday I had gotten most of the electrical installed inside the OBS.

The first thing I did was purchase an adapter that allowed me to run the 100' ,12 gauge extension cord,and plug it into the exterior of the OBS.
This is a temporary solution for power 'till next spring.
I have enough work to do for now so burying a power line 60 feet is not something I want to do right now.
Here is the first of a couple of shots of what I got done yesterday.

As you can see,I made a mistake when cutting out the opening for the exterior plug. My bad, as it was suppose to be installed horizontally. Now I am going to take care of this by adding a temporary shield using some 1"x material.

Edited by tim57064 (10/19/13 10:15 AM)


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6146328 - 10/19/13 10:11 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Another image of the adapter.
Now these are commonly used for contractor trailers to supply 110 volt AC to the trailer.
They are also similar to RV 110 volt exterior inlets for power.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6146341 - 10/19/13 10:20 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Here are a couple of shots of the interior of the OBS showing the wire runs and outlets.

I will eventually have 2 circuits in the OBS since there are 9 outlets and a light fixture.
There will be no use of an electric heater in here yet the 2 circuits will be 20 amp each.


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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6146344 - 10/19/13 10:22 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

Here is another shot at a different angle.

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tim57064
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. new [Re: tim57064]
      #6146351 - 10/19/13 10:23 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

One last image showing the last of the electric install that I've gotten done so far.

Edited by tim57064 (10/19/13 10:24 AM)


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Raginar
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Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6146356 - 10/19/13 10:26 AM

Looks good !

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tim57064
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Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: In the process of Building my Observatory. [Re: tim57064]
      #6146362 - 10/19/13 10:30 AM

Now,I am only using half of the outlets right now as I do not want to blow any breakers as I am only supplying the power to the OBS by way of the extension cord right now.

I will be running underground wire,as stated already, next spring. There will only be a 2 circuits used in the panel inside the OBS and that should be enough for what I have in mind for it.Never more than 3 outlets used at the same time.


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