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#126 rimcrazy

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:52 AM

Now that is major cool. Kudo's. Got to love 3D printers.

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 10:13 PM

So I just discovered that after the move our old archived threads are now part of the forum again, so I thought I'd link my original thread to this one again.  Unfortunately most of the embedded images don't display properly anymore due to the restrictions in the new software, but oh well!

 

And thanks again for all the great comments.  Now if I could just get out from under the astronomy curse so I get get some imaging done!  Unfortunately every time I think I'm close, I discover something else that doesn't quite work, so I have to buy another piece of hardware and thus reinforce the curse!

 

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 04:39 AM

So I just discovered that after the move our old archived threads are now part of the forum again, so I thought I'd link my original thread to this one again.  Unfortunately most of the embedded images don't display properly anymore due to the restrictions in the new software, but oh well!

 

And thanks again for all the great comments.  Now if I could just get out from under the astronomy curse so I get get some imaging done!  Unfortunately every time I think I'm close, I discover something else that doesn't quite work, so I have to buy another piece of hardware and thus reinforce the curse!

 

Beo

 

Do the number of days it takes to build an observatory equal or are less than the number of cloudy, rainy, stormy or snowy nights that block the heavens from view?  :grin:



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 10:38 AM

I'll let you know when I find out.  Still waiting!   :lol:

 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:57 PM

Well, the rains are back but we're in a full moon cycle and it gave me a chance to send my camera back to Celestron for repair/replacement, so no big deal.  Not to mention we desperately need the rain!  On the other hand, we had some of the best clear nights in a LONG time during the last new moon cycle and I was able to have a few good evenings of visual observing on the weekends and some pretty good nights of imaging.  

 

Here's a good stack of several nights worth of the Dumbbell Nebula:

 

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And last night, November 5th, 2014 I finally got another finishing touch installed; faux wood window blinds in the warm room!

 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 09:43 AM

Beo, :waytogo: on the blinds. Much better than the thin vinyl option I have used. Thinking of switching over to your choice for every one I have installed including what is in the house. 



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:21 AM

Me thinks that "observatory" IS A HOUSE !!!

Sure is nice.

He has put a lot of time and love into it !



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Posted 02 June 2016 - 07:58 PM

I've been helping to host some Friday night star parties at our fledgling Texas Museum of Science and Technology (first science museum in Central Texas, complete with a small planetarium!), and finally decided to print up some business cards to point people to my observatory website.  Actually, I guess I should say I decided to do that several years ago, but just finally got around to actually doing so!  At any rate, I thought I'd share the results that just arrived. I'm not really looking to have a bunch of people bugging me at home or go looking for the observatory, so the only contact info is the website itself.   :)

 

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Rather than buying some sort of holder, I also whipped this out last night on my 3D printer.  It just snaps on to the tripod leg and holds quite nicely.

 

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 03:08 PM

Hey Beo,

 

Actually got a season pass to TXMOST and have yet to use it. I need to, being I live less than 2 miles from it. Do you post when you have outreaches? I know lately we have had nothing but rain but maybe we will start having clear weekends again soon.



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 06:17 PM

Hi Rob,

 

Yeah, my wife and I bought a membership and it took almost two months to get the membership cards.  I had to ping Torvald on it and got a "Oh, we just got those sent." and received it a few days later.   :undecided: The museum is coming along and the planetarium has some decent shows, so it's worth stopping by.

 

The star party is scheduled for 9 PM on Fridays since they stay open until 9:00  It's been run by a volunteer at the museum who brings is 12" Meade.  I've been helping out for the past few times we've had a clear Friday, but I'm sure other scopes would be welcome to grow this event and have some fill-in support when someone can't make it.

 

Beo



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Posted 19 July 2016 - 11:47 PM

Ok, I've been carrying on a long post on my 3-D printing experiences over on the NexStar forum, since I've been doing most of my efforts adding parts to my 8SE and tripod.  However, I just had to post this one here, for obvious reasons.  I finally printed a good medallion of the Orion Ranch Observatory logo. Initially I'd planned to paint the face of a solid black one, but I realized I could print a dual color one by pausing the print and swapping the filament at a certain point. Turned out pretty great!

 

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Looks like a big Oreo Cookie! Yum!  :grin:

 

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It really looked cool with just the infill grid while it was printing, so I had to catch a shot of that.

 

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hi All:

 

There hadn't been many changes to the observatory for a while, although I've been doing a lot of outreach at our local fledgling Texas Museum of Science and Technology (txmost.org), where I've been hosting star parties for the past year.  Most of what I've been doing has been to support that, with lots of 3D printed parts I've been designing as documented here.  I've also been beta testing the QHY247C cooled CMOS camera although that's been slow going.  More info here.

 

Recently, my frustration with my 11" Deluxe CPC on a wedge led me to pick up a used CGE Pro and sell my CGEM.  

 

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A lot of Celestron orange here, but the two mounts to the left are both being replaced by the mount on the right.

 

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I decided to swap piers around and move the visual setup to the north pier so that it stays covered when I'm just imaging and I only have to open the roof half way.  Still waiting on my Dan's Pier Plates adapter!

 

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In the meantime I de-forked the 11" to use on the CGE Pro.  My dream is to one day go to that AstroTech 16" RC (well, my dream is the 20" on a Paramount, but I don't think my skies could support that), but let's see if the mount can handle the 11" SCT and resolve some of my imaging headaches.

 

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I finally received my pier plate adapter and was able to install the mount.

 

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And eventually the skies cleared for a couple of days (dang that curse!) and I was able to get first light on the Sombrero Galaxy.  Looking good so far, although I don't have enough integration time on it yet.

 

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As usual, there are more images on my website.  Each of these links will take you to the sub-gallery for that particular step of the process.  There are additional pictures of the cleanup and re-arranging, etc.

 

Beo

 

 

 


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 03:43 AM

Looks like you've kept ADM in business with all of that "bling" on your mounts!  lol.gif



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 05:13 PM

I'll take credit for the CGEM, but the CGE Pro came with the knobs for the same price as one I'd passed on without them.  smile.gif

 

Beo




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