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CCD-Freak
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Loc: Whitesboro,Texas
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: corpusse]
      #6215053 - 11/25/13 12:40 PM Attachment (97 downloads)

Since I live in the north side of the Dallas / Ft Worth light bubble my observatory is mobile. I call it the Skybox. It is 8' x 8' with a 6' high wall and makes observing and imaging so much more comfortable in cold weather.

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CCD-Freak
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Loc: Whitesboro,Texas
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: CCD-Freak]
      #6215087 - 11/25/13 12:58 PM Attachment (100 downloads)

Here is another picture showing the scope inside.

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Agatha
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Reged: 06/04/12

Loc: Coulee Region, Wisconsin
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: CCD-Freak]
      #6215954 - 11/25/13 07:32 PM

Looks great.

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siriusc
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Agatha]
      #6256550 - 12/16/13 04:01 PM Attachment (99 downloads)

Hi,

Here is my observatory of eight years or should I say (A)bservatory since it's A-frame shaped. I bet you never saw one like this before. It sort of feels like I'm sitting inside an Aztec pyramid when I'm observing and imaging the planets. The cost was $250 and it took two days to build. The base is 7.5' by 7.5' with a height of 8.5', it is constructed of 2 by 4's, 2 by 2's and 4'x8'x 1/2" aluminum faced insulated sheathing. The entire observatory can be rotated easily from inside thanks to five rubber caster wheels attached to its 2 by 4 base, the clear light allowing entrance door is on the far side, not pictured. Behind the observatory is my heated planetary imaging building. This pyramid or A-frame structure can be rolled anywhere in the yard or even down the street for observing in a neighbors yard. When not in use I have all four corners tied down so it doesn't blow away in a storm, I've been inside it with the corners untied and winds gusting to 30 mph and it doesn't move. The observatory opening is 28" wide and covered with a removable top and two smaller front panels. I designed the observatory to house fork mounted SCT's up to 14 inches in aperture and on a permanent pier. The structure can be rolled away without having to remove the telescope, this comes in handy when I want to observe the ISS or just feel like sitting under a warm summer sky and slewing the scope among dozens of DSO's, I like observing planetary nebulas and globular clusters at high power through my binoviewer.

Thanks and take it easy.

Clear skies, Dan

Edited by siriusc (12/17/13 02:57 PM)


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MHamburg
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! [Re: siriusc]
      #6256582 - 12/16/13 04:26 PM

I think you get first prize for innovative design and ease of use. Nice job!
Michael


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tybee
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Loc: Douglasville, GA
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: siriusc]
      #6265601 - 12/21/13 04:19 PM

I like it!

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Jack Morris
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Reged: 11/23/12

Loc: Louisiana
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: siriusc]
      #6267959 - 12/23/13 05:19 AM Attachment (74 downloads)

Here is a picture of my almost complete Explora-Dome.I still have a little interior work to complete, but we saw first light Thanksgiving eve, and very little since due to weather. It is a 10' X 10' wood building with modified support structure of my design. It has been quite an experience, and I am considering starting a new thread to document the saga, if anyone is interested. I wish everyone a very Blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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mikey cee
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Reged: 01/18/07

Loc: bellevue ne.
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jack Morris]
      #6268315 - 12/23/13 10:38 AM

Love to see a documentary. Some day I may have to move and redo my setup. Mike

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jack Morris]
      #6268474 - 12/23/13 12:31 PM

As gizmo oriented as this place is, we'd love to see some pictures or videos of the process. Looks terrific!!

David


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dale wilson
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Loc: Stansbury Park, UT
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6269847 - 12/24/13 01:25 AM Attachment (76 downloads)

Wanted to share my favorite pic of mine.

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dave11
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dale wilson]
      #6270542 - 12/24/13 12:13 PM

Here is mine taken from a plane above. I cropped same.

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MHamburg
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Loc: Brooklyn, NY/Berkshires, MA
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dale wilson]
      #6271094 - 12/24/13 05:21 PM

Dale,
That is one interesting looking design. Do you have other pics?
Michael


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nicklane1
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dale wilson]
      #6271448 - 12/24/13 10:18 PM

Dale,

Very nice indeed!
Could you please provide some more pics?


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nicklane1
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Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: Jack Morris]
      #6271453 - 12/24/13 10:22 PM

Jack,

Excellent execution.
I would be interested in the build process.

Merry Christmas

Edited by nicklane1 (12/24/13 10:25 PM)


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mikey cee
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Loc: bellevue ne.
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dave11]
      #6271497 - 12/24/13 11:06 PM

Quote:

Here is mine taken from a plane above. I cropped same.


Looks like the plane crashed!

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dale wilson
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Reged: 03/06/07

Loc: Stansbury Park, UT
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: nicklane1]
      #6273284 - 12/26/13 09:25 AM

Thanks guys.
Heres a couple more


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csa/montana
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Loc: montana
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dale wilson]
      #6273315 - 12/26/13 09:46 AM

Dale, your last pics didn't post. Did you have a thread on your very unique observatory? If not, perhaps start one, so we can see more of it!

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dale wilson
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Loc: Stansbury Park, UT
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6286232 - 01/01/14 07:00 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

Sorry, I'll try again
The roof is motorized and slides well.
The left door is to the control room, then enters the scope bay. It is equipped with a built in desk, stereo, dvd and 5.1 surround speakers in the scope bay.
The right side was the old observatory and is now storage.

Edited by dale wilson (01/01/14 08:00 PM)


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mikey cee
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Loc: bellevue ne.
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dale wilson]
      #6286516 - 01/01/14 09:45 PM

A very keen sense of perspective with nice symetry. Mike

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stkoepke
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Loc: Abilene, Texas
Re: Post a pic. of your observatory! new [Re: dale wilson]
      #6286568 - 01/01/14 10:13 PM

Wow, did you post a thread about the build or maybe a website with more details? I'd love to see more pics of your Obs.
Very cool!


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