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#476 Crow Haven

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

...and a continued view a bit further to the obs...

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:06 PM

Maya,

It's been a while now since you had the observatory built. If you had to do it all over, and with what you now know, what would you have done differently?

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

Hi Bart, :grin:
The observatory design has proved itself to be perfect in every way! :grin: It has weathered hurricane-force winds and rain with no hiccups, and if we were to have heavy snow the build is solid and sturdy enough to hold the weight.

There isn't anything I would want done differently! It was built to conform with the building size restrictions and, if it weren't for those, the only thing that could be done with this would be to build an even bigger observatory and add extra piers simply because I have many different types of scopes.....but.....with the outside electrical connections, etc., it is more than easy to also setup outside the observatory with a large dob for example, or put in other pier pads. The observatory has tons of storage space and the heated warm-room and dehumidifier I consider a 'must-have.' :grin:
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:17 PM

wow..impressive!! Maybe one day I can have an observatory. In the meantime I am trying to get a pier setup in the yard and that isn't even going over well....one can dream...Thank you for this thread. Gave me inspiration for sure...

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:59 PM

:grin: Thank you for the reply! I'm glad it provided inspiration. :grin: I hope you get your yard pier working.
I may eventually add an outside pier setup to use in the warm months with other scopes. I don't want to add a lot of concrete ground, though, since it radiates heat, so I'm going with mostly lawn around the observatory.
Clear Skies! :grin:

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

Just finished spending a few hours reading this entire thread.  WOW!!  Having been in the construction / remodeling industry for more than 30 years,all I can say is.......Outstanding!!   You guys thought this one all the way through before moving the first shovel of dirt and it shows with all of the little details you incorporated into your project. Good job! :waytogo:



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:07 AM

Outside view of the OSB installed. :jump:
After the siding is up the next stage is roof framing, and since we have to wait a few days for the fixed wheeled casters to arrive we'll start on the non-moving roof section first. :grin:

 

Is that OSB2.0 or 3.0?   :grin:



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 04:12 PM

Very nicely built!

 

I am glad to see this thread resurrected as I missed out on it the first time around.   Your design has definitely given me food for thought.  I am glad to see you designed and built your retaining wall properly.  A local contractor built a wall of blocks similar to yours but about 40 feet high.  The first time I saw it I knew it would fail which it started to almost immediately.  It took about 10 years for it to fail completely and as a result the owner had to tear down a building in order to slope the soil properly.  :(

 

I too have lots of trees and until I work up the will to cut down dozens of mature pines, oaks and cedars I will have to hold off on building a observatory.  Are those Douglas Fir I see in the background?



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Posted 02 March 2015 - 01:47 PM

Very nicely built!

 

I am glad to see this thread resurrected as I missed out on it the first time around.   Your design has definitely given me food for thought.  I am glad to see you designed and built your retaining wall properly.  A local contractor built a wall of blocks similar to yours but about 40 feet high.  The first time I saw it I knew it would fail which it started to almost immediately.  It took about 10 years for it to fail completely and as a result the owner had to tear down a building in order to slope the soil properly.  :(

 

I too have lots of trees and until I work up the will to cut down dozens of mature pines, oaks and cedars I will have to hold off on building a observatory.  Are those Douglas Fir I see in the background?

I'm glad you enjoyed this thread! :)  Yes, the cottage brick needs to not be stacked too high.  It's great, though, and we haven't had any problems with it nor the observatory.  The observatory has made it through the worst of weather here (over 70mph wind and rain storms) without any troubles.  Since we never get the huge loads of snow here that isn't a factor for this design either.

 

We've continued to cut those trees (mainly Douglas firs and some cedars -- yes that's what is in the photo backgrounds) that were diseased or dead and the underbrush much further up the hill behind the observatory.  There are a few trees in the way of my views to the west but the seasons roll all the objects into view anyway so that's not a problem. :)



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Posted 02 March 2015 - 01:52 PM

Just finished spending a few hours reading this entire thread.  WOW!!  Having been in the construction / remodeling industry for more than 30 years,all I can say is.......Outstanding!!   You guys thought this one all the way through before moving the first shovel of dirt and it shows with all of the little details you incorporated into your project. Good job! :waytogo:

Many thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed the thread! :)

 

 

Outside view of the OSB installed. :jump:
After the siding is up the next stage is roof framing, and since we have to wait a few days for the fixed wheeled casters to arrive we'll start on the non-moving roof section first. :grin:

 

Is that OSB2.0 or 3.0?   :grin:

:lol: I'll have to ask my designer...but it wasn't the cheap stuff I can tell you. :lol:

Update -- that's OSB3 (best used in our humid conditions) :)


Edited by Crow Haven, 02 March 2015 - 03:05 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2015 - 04:48 PM

 

Just finished spending a few hours reading this entire thread.  WOW!!  Having been in the construction / remodeling industry for more than 30 years,all I can say is.......Outstanding!!   You guys thought this one all the way through before moving the first shovel of dirt and it shows with all of the little details you incorporated into your project. Good job! :waytogo:

Many thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed the thread! :)

 

 

Outside view of the OSB installed. :jump:
After the siding is up the next stage is roof framing, and since we have to wait a few days for the fixed wheeled casters to arrive we'll start on the non-moving roof section first. :grin:

 

Is that OSB2.0 or 3.0?   :grin:

:lol: I'll have to ask my designer...but it wasn't the cheap stuff I can tell you. :lol:

Update -- that's OSB3 (best used in our humid conditions) :)

 

 

And it's faster.



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Posted 02 March 2015 - 08:53 PM

 

Very nicely built!

 

I am glad to see this thread resurrected as I missed out on it the first time around.   Your design has definitely given me food for thought.  I am glad to see you designed and built your retaining wall properly.  A local contractor built a wall of blocks similar to yours but about 40 feet high.  The first time I saw it I knew it would fail which it started to almost immediately.  It took about 10 years for it to fail completely and as a result the owner had to tear down a building in order to slope the soil properly.  :(

 

I too have lots of trees and until I work up the will to cut down dozens of mature pines, oaks and cedars I will have to hold off on building a observatory.  Are those Douglas Fir I see in the background?

I'm glad you enjoyed this thread! :)  Yes, the cottage brick needs to not be stacked too high.  It's great, though, and we haven't had any problems with it nor the observatory.  The observatory has made it through the worst of weather here (over 70mph wind and rain storms) without any troubles.  Since we never get the huge loads of snow here that isn't a factor for this design either.

 

We've continued to cut those trees (mainly Douglas firs and some cedars -- yes that's what is in the photo backgrounds) that were diseased or dead and the underbrush much further up the hill behind the observatory.  There are a few trees in the way of my views to the west but the seasons roll all the objects into view anyway so that's not a problem. :)

 

DF's are my favorite tree and I am fortunate to have a few myself.



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Posted 03 March 2015 - 12:21 PM

 

 

Just finished spending a few hours reading this entire thread.  WOW!!  Having been in the construction / remodeling industry for more than 30 years,all I can say is.......Outstanding!!   You guys thought this one all the way through before moving the first shovel of dirt and it shows with all of the little details you incorporated into your project. Good job! :waytogo:

Many thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed the thread! :)

 

 

Outside view of the OSB installed. :jump:
After the siding is up the next stage is roof framing, and since we have to wait a few days for the fixed wheeled casters to arrive we'll start on the non-moving roof section first. :grin:

 

Is that OSB2.0 or 3.0?   :grin:

:lol: I'll have to ask my designer...but it wasn't the cheap stuff I can tell you. :lol:

Update -- that's OSB3 (best used in our humid conditions) :)

 

 

And it's faster.

 

Agreed!  

 

 

 

Very nicely built!

 

I am glad to see this thread resurrected as I missed out on it the first time around.   Your design has definitely given me food for thought.  I am glad to see you designed and built your retaining wall properly.  A local contractor built a wall of blocks similar to yours but about 40 feet high.  The first time I saw it I knew it would fail which it started to almost immediately.  It took about 10 years for it to fail completely and as a result the owner had to tear down a building in order to slope the soil properly.  :(

 

I too have lots of trees and until I work up the will to cut down dozens of mature pines, oaks and cedars I will have to hold off on building a observatory.  Are those Douglas Fir I see in the background?

 

 

DF's are my favorite tree and I am fortunate to have a few myself.

 

They are beautiful trees! 



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:07 PM

Boy, I sure agree with you there, Bob! This winter has seemed more harsh than usual, more rain here too, which got started in early Oct. and just has hardly let up. Congratulations on your new scope also! :grin:
I'm glad you enjoyed reading the observatory saga. :grin: Today the sun peeked out for a while this afternoon and I managed to get the new EON 120 ED APO up to the observatory and set it up for now on the CG-5AST mt. It actually works out just fine for visual on that mt. but I have a pier extension to add to the mt. and raises it another 8" which will be just right for any of the refractors. I will use the EON probably on the CGEM mt when trying AP. The pic shows the EON in one part of the observing deck and the "yard cannon" C6-R currently on the CGEM which really is a better size mt. for that scope as it's just so long. The EON 120 has the sliding dew shield extended in the pic and it measures 35 1/2" in length that way (not including the diagonal, etc.) I find it is possible to run both mts. and dew heaters on the 12V DC regulator at the same time -- it has plenty of power to handle lots more and Paul will run an outside 12V DC outlet from it for any mts. used outside of the observatory. :jump:

Here's the pics I took today just as the marine layer arrived around 6 PM PDT... and it's cloudy/rainy tonight again. Oh well -- let's hang in there! :)

Hello,

This is amazing story,great job and construction review.I've read this like a "saga".

How is doing your observatory in this days?Hope very well.

By the way,those trees around,there is no problem with observation?

Thanks



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

 

Boy, I sure agree with you there, Bob! This winter has seemed more harsh than usual, more rain here too, which got started in early Oct. and just has hardly let up. Congratulations on your new scope also! :grin:
I'm glad you enjoyed reading the observatory saga. :grin: Today the sun peeked out for a while this afternoon and I managed to get the new EON 120 ED APO up to the observatory and set it up for now on the CG-5AST mt. It actually works out just fine for visual on that mt. but I have a pier extension to add to the mt. and raises it another 8" which will be just right for any of the refractors. I will use the EON probably on the CGEM mt when trying AP. The pic shows the EON in one part of the observing deck and the "yard cannon" C6-R currently on the CGEM which really is a better size mt. for that scope as it's just so long. The EON 120 has the sliding dew shield extended in the pic and it measures 35 1/2" in length that way (not including the diagonal, etc.) I find it is possible to run both mts. and dew heaters on the 12V DC regulator at the same time -- it has plenty of power to handle lots more and Paul will run an outside 12V DC outlet from it for any mts. used outside of the observatory. :jump:

Here's the pics I took today just as the marine layer arrived around 6 PM PDT... and it's cloudy/rainy tonight again. Oh well -- let's hang in there! :)

Hello,

This is amazing story,great job and construction review.I've read this like a "saga".

How is doing your observatory in this days?Hope very well.

By the way,those trees around,there is no problem with observation?

Thanks

 

Thank you for the reply and reading through the long thread! :grin:   The observatory is still working out great and has no problem with stormy weather conditions here = lots of rain and wind and very little snow (up to 3" once or twice a year).  There have been a few more huge trees removed which were dying/rotting, but for directions where trees still interfere with viewing I just bring out portable telescope mounts and other telescopes as a way to work around it.

An observatory of any type is a wonderful thing and I love mine! :grin:  Thanks again for giving this a read!

 

Clear Skies!



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 10:17 AM

I've been thinking about building an observatory for the last year or so, and finally got serious about it a week ago. During the planning process, I stumbled onto this thread and just read through all of it. Now I just want to sell my scopes and take up dominoes or something.  grin.gif 

The professionalism and attention to detail is mind-boggling. Just.... wow.


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 11:19 AM

I've been thinking about building an observatory for the last year or so, and finally got serious about it a week ago. During the planning process, I stumbled onto this thread and just read through all of it. Now I just want to sell my scopes and take up dominoes or something.  grin.gif 

The professionalism and attention to detail is mind-boggling. Just.... wow.

Thanks so much! Don't take up dominoes, build your observatory!  grin.gif



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 11:59 AM

Thanks so much! Don't take up dominoes, build your observatory!  grin.gif

 

 

 

I'm a perfectionist, but I know that I no longer have the patience to do what you did. So I'm already depressed.  lol.gif


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 12:52 PM

 

Thanks so much! Don't take up dominoes, build your observatory!  grin.gif

 

 

 

I'm a perfectionist, but I know that I no longer have the patience to do what you did. So I'm already depressed.  lol.gif

 

The great thing about any kind of observatory is how much it can help you make the most of your opportunities to observe.   As time goes on I just appreciate mine more and more.  If I could only have a ramshackle garden shed I'd enjoy it -- any observatory is worth the effort!  grin.gif 

Wishing you good luck and clear skies!




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