First light last night and all I can say is that all of you who say the observatory makes the hobby like new could not be more correct!
Construction is not quite complete. We still lack electrical and the roof redo is underway, but a temporal set-back.
However, the past two nights have been clear and the pre-dawn sky has just been beautiful as I have walked to the car. Since the construction project is in my prime observing site (duh), I have not been able to set my rig up in about two months. I have had to content myself with binoculars and with the grab and go from a patio adjacent to the house. It has been fun, but basically I just couldn't wait.
Yesterday the weather looked favorable so as soon as I could wrap up work, I planned to head home and work through setting up the pier adapter, lift column, column to mount adapter, transfer mount from tripod to pier, level and aim the whole deal toward the north and maybe end up getting close enough with polar alignment that I could poke around in the Milky Way for an hour or two. So, just as I was leaving work, one of my colleagues, familiar with my commute, texted me that I-65 Northbound was closed due to a truck fire.... I checked the online traffic and low and behold North and South bound were closed. Tanker truck burning on the North side. Ugh. Well I still needed to get a mechanical checked on my car so I headed South of town to do that. As I was getting the car back, I checked the traffic and Northbound was scheduled to be closed until 7PM. That was not going to work at all. This must be a big deal... Oh it was!
Edited by JHGIII, 16 August 2014 - 01:57 PM.