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mustgobigger
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My Modest Observatory
      #6259390 - 12/18/13 03:03 AM Attachment (384 downloads)

Setting Up for A Astro Gazer Portable Observatory That Should Arrive Tomorrow.
I Used a Old Telescope Aluminum Tube As The Pier Form
And Its 12" Round And 42" Deep Buried In A 22" Dia. Hole
And It sticks Out of The Ground 33" and Rerod Cage Made
For Strength.
I Custom Made Adapters That Both swivel But My
Cge Pro should Have Enough Adjustment to Get Proper
Polar Alignment.
Ill Post more Pictures As It goes Together.
Mounting a Meade 14" Lx200 ACF On The Celestron CGE PRO
Mount.
Have Had Pier Covered 2 Weeks With a Hunting Blind And
Keeping It 70 Deg Inside for Curing The over 900 LBS.
Of Cement.
Inside Of OBS will Have 2 Layers Of Tarp Cut to Fit
Then Indoor Outdoor Carpeting On top Of Tarp.
Pier Has custom Aluminum Trim Ring On top And Is painted
With Black Plastic-Cote Paint.
Excited to Be able to view With a Semi Permanent
Setup.
just Ordered a 80mm Levinhuk Triplet Apo And a Small
50mm Guider Scope.
Going To Try my hand At Imaging With Both the Meade 14"
And 80mm.


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6259392 - 12/18/13 03:05 AM Attachment (171 downloads)

Closeup...i used 4 Threaded Rods On this.

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6259393 - 12/18/13 03:09 AM Attachment (98 downloads)

telescope Tube I started with...Was 90" Long But I cut it down.

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6259399 - 12/18/13 03:16 AM Attachment (136 downloads)

waiting for first light...i had a 10" ACF and it had Really good Optics...hope This Has Same.

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Agatha
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Reged: 06/04/12

Loc: Coulee Region, Wisconsin
Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6259407 - 12/18/13 03:29 AM

The pier looks great. I look forward to pictures of your AstroGazer.
Sounds really fun.


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CharlesW
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: Agatha]
      #6259694 - 12/18/13 09:30 AM

Very clever solution, though I'd hate to see your electric bill for the heater. Nicely done.

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Starman27
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: CharlesW]
      #6259726 - 12/18/13 09:46 AM

Nice job on the pier. I repurposed an aluminum tube from a 6" F12 reflector for my first pier.

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csa/montana
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6259913 - 12/18/13 11:37 AM

You've really got a nice setup with the equipment! We'll love seeing the Astro Gazer set up!

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6267043 - 12/22/13 02:53 PM Attachment (109 downloads)

thanks everyone,
been raining for 3 days but i am making
some progress today.
my better half policing the area.


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267044 - 12/22/13 02:54 PM Attachment (95 downloads)

the meat...

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267047 - 12/22/13 02:55 PM Attachment (68 downloads)

the base all leveled.

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267050 - 12/22/13 02:56 PM Attachment (114 downloads)

dome supports all ready for some skins.

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Mary B
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267140 - 12/22/13 03:44 PM

Looks like the 4 legged helper looking to leave a deposit

Interesting idea, if light enough could be what I need for my dob.


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267163 - 12/22/13 03:55 PM

That's nice work!!

David


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: Mary B]
      #6267305 - 12/22/13 05:36 PM Attachment (87 downloads)

Quote:

Looks like the 4 legged helper looking to leave a deposit




yea....was putting roof on amd bailey was bringing chunks
of mortar back in and putting them around the pier.


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267306 - 12/22/13 05:38 PM Attachment (80 downloads)

enough for tonight....in the morning i will put
anchor system on and lower skirts.
then cut tarps and carpeting for flooring.


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267312 - 12/22/13 05:42 PM Attachment (73 downloads)

a shot next to my refractor pier i put in a couple years ago.

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MHamburg
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6267328 - 12/22/13 05:51 PM

Enjoy the new set-up!
Michael


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: MHamburg]
      #6275886 - 12/27/13 06:38 PM Attachment (89 downloads)

getting close to being completed.
laid 2 layers of tarp and then carpet.
also picked up a ventless gas heater.
i strung 2 sets of led rope lights...one white set for
when i am finished and putting things away for the night.
and a set of red rope lights.
i put carpet down with clamps and velcro and am going to
make some bean bag style weights for perimeter to hold carpet tight.


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Re: My Modest Observatory [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6275888 - 12/27/13 06:39 PM Attachment (94 downloads)

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