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Midnight Dan
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: tim57064]
      #6279070 - 12/29/13 12:21 PM

Does seem pricey to me too. For only $400 more, you can get a SkyShed POD which, being a rigid structure, will hold up much better to winds and general abuse.

On the other hand, this is 10' in diameter compared to the POD's 7' diameter. And, if you want a structure that you can tear down and move to a dark site for a few days' stay at a star party, this might be a better choice.

-Dan


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: tim57064]
      #6279084 - 12/29/13 12:33 PM

It's interesting. I wonder how it holds up in the wind? Still, imagine taking it in a camper and having a pop up observatory for a month somewhere?! Kind of neat.

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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6280254 - 12/29/13 11:49 PM

My concern would be how it handles a snow load. Rather than sliding off, it looks as though the snow would sink between the metal frame pieces, especially the "dome" opening.

Other than that, it looks like it will be a great observatory for you; and especially a lot more comfortable than out in the open. Not having to setup/tear down equipment is a big plus, also!


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6280434 - 12/30/13 03:51 AM

Very nice obsy - well done but what's with the two heaters ? Are you camping out there :-)

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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6280640 - 12/30/13 08:39 AM

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My concern would be how it handles a snow load. Rather than sliding off, it looks as though the snow would sink between the metal frame pieces, especially the "dome" opening.





it does have support bars that go between the opening
after your done viewing to put strength back into
frame.
also some long plexiglass sheets that slide between
supports just for that purpose.
ill post pictures later today.


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6280851 - 12/30/13 11:00 AM

Quote:

Quote:

My concern would be how it handles a snow load. Rather than sliding off, it looks as though the snow would sink between the metal frame pieces, especially the "dome" opening.





it does have support bars that go between the opening
after your done viewing to put strength back into
frame.
also some long plexiglass sheets that slide between
supports just for that purpose.
ill post pictures later today.




That definitely would be of help with a heavy snow!


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6287983 - 01/02/14 04:06 PM

Well I was away for 2 days and
Returned to find 8" of snow
And most rolled off but not the
Top 20%....I used a window washing
Squeegee on a extending handle
Similar to those used for painting
high ceilings.
Cost was about $8.00 at hardware store.
was about a 1 minute job
Cleaning excess snow off.
I dont think I would worry about
Snow very much unless it snows
more than about 15" at once.
We get those heavy snows like
That maybe once a year.
I guess you would just have
To be around to brush snow
Off if you lived in a area that gets
Continual deep snow...or build
Permanent.
as I will be retiring Soon a permanent
Structure was not a good option
At this time.


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Midnight Dan
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6288170 - 01/02/14 05:49 PM

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Top 20%....I used a window washing
Squeegee on a extending handle




Exactly what I use to clear off my POD dome.

-Dan


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Re: My Modest Observatory [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6304084 - 01/10/14 12:19 PM

I love it Brian. Very nice!!

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6305323 - 01/11/14 12:54 AM

Thanks terra....now all I need is
Some clear skies ... and some practice
With celestron hand control.
Been a autostar user for years....
One time out and not clear enough
For a 2 star alignment.
Also working 70 hours a week.
heat wave coming Monday....40 deg.


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6314477 - 01/15/14 01:49 PM

so this is where you have gone tooo..miss you on classic scopes.he he..nice set up to brian

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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: akman1955]
      #6402097 - 02/28/14 02:26 PM

Very nice, Brian!

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bseltzer
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #6425251 - 03/23/14 07:36 PM

Quote:

Does seem pricey to me too. For only $400 more, you can get a SkyShed POD which, being a rigid structure, will hold up much better to winds and general abuse.

On the other hand, this is 10' in diameter compared to the POD's 7' diameter. And, if you want a structure that you can tear down and move to a dark site for a few days' stay at a star party, this might be a better choice.

-Dan




If you live in the Northern Midwest/Rockie Mtn. are of the US, you're right about the SkyShed Pod maybe being a better option, but if you live on the West coast like I do, the shipping is around $1400 - $1500. For the AstroGazer, shipping only adds ~$300 to the total cost.


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: bseltzer]
      #6425925 - 03/24/14 05:14 AM

Brian; nice man, really nice. Two things, first, if , and I'm assuming, if you leave the heater on days or nights when a good snow is coming....that might take care of a lot of snow load??
Secondly, the red led light ropes, you got them on a dimmer of any kind?, in my old rose observatory, I used these also, and man are they bright when your in dark.
Love the mount and scope....good thread.


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: droid]
      #6426290 - 03/24/14 10:58 AM

Thanks for the thread; it's very informative, especially the photos. I'm thinking of buying one of these. I live in the desert, so my problem isn't moisture, but we do get some high winds (40mph) in the winter.

Roy in Taos


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: hokkaido53]
      #6481814 - 04/22/14 06:36 PM

had 60 MPH winds a week ago and it held up well.
wind blew the velcro flap open and after sticking it back on
it did not come loose again.
as long as you have the anchor kit i think you would have no
worries unless you had 80-90 mph straight line winds....
then i would be worrying more about my house than my telescope.


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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #6481839 - 04/22/14 06:48 PM

andy,
i left the heater on low all winter and even in heavier
snow most of it just slid off when it built up.
the rope lights are bright so i have a small 6'set under the table for lower light...they are about all you need.
i turn them all on during cleanup.
all said i am pretty happy with this....a solid one at 7'
would not be large enough for my setup and my wife and i.
lots of room for 2 or more and you do not have that cramped
in feeling.
i could see this lasting a long time with a little care.
made it through winter fine....ill report on this later in the summer on how it holds up to sun and warmer temps.


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: droid]
      #6482326 - 04/22/14 11:31 PM

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Secondly, the red led light ropes, you got them on a dimmer of any kind?,




I have the red rope lights around the walls of my observatory, approximately 12" off the floor. I put a dimmer on them, and went one step further. I installed an outside corner strip of trim over them so that the light is directed to the floor; rather than up in your eyes. Works extremely well!


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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6482810 - 04/23/14 09:02 AM

60 mph winds worked huh? That's awesome. Glad it's holding up!

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mustgobigger
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Re: My Modest Observatory new [Re: Raginar]
      #6483286 - 04/23/14 12:43 PM

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60 mph winds worked huh? That's awesome. Glad it's holding up!




yea, a lot of trees and power lines down for a few days....
it did a lot of shaking around but held up.
i have confidence in it weather wise now.


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