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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:33 PM

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I have no northern sky and I want to maximize seating area while allowing enough room for a 8"f4 imaging Newt and a 42" flat-screen HDTV. This is a purely video-astronomy setup. Very urban location, two security alarms, very boring non-descript Sutton Suncast shed.rps20160509_223319_422.jpg


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:35 PM

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:39 PM

rps20160509_223850_743.jpg The off-set pier allows me to simply remove the southern panels. Observatory seats 4 adults, with baseboard heating, and a groovy lava lamp (red light of course).

Dan's Pier Plate welded to 4" square iron, set into an oversized hole of concrete. 


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:41 PM

rps20160509_224050_793.jpg Inside is framed out to allow seating, mounting of TV, running of cables, and needed strength. Roof details are forthwith.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:44 PM

I could not have built this without ALL the wonderful ideas and pictures from the users of Cloudynights. This is a dream come true. Every time I sit in the Observalounge I think of this great community of romantics, nerds, and dreamers. Thank you!


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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:45 AM

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:47 AM

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:48 AM

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:49 AM

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Center cross beam gets unclamped from the west and east walls. 


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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:54 AM

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After the bungee cord is attached to the eye bolts then the bolt is secured to the observatory wall. The angle iron that comes with the kit is attached a few inches from the edge of the roof panel. I screwed a wood bearing cap on top of the observatory wall. When finally secure the angle iron is resting on top of the bearing cap.

Who knows how long it will last! But it works for now. :)


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Posted 10 May 2016 - 08:58 PM

Really nice set up.  

 

Using the TV to display the image is an excellent idea. I'll have to add that to the wish list. 

 

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:40 AM

The observatory, for me, is a place of community and humanity. I can share images of the universe with friends and family. No squinting in an eyepiece!
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Posted 18 May 2016 - 09:29 AM

If I tell you that I hate you will you take it as a compliment?

 

I've been an amateur astronomer for 46 years and currently own my fifth house (sequentially, not any two at once lol), and I still haven't gathered up the guts to build my own observatory. Congratulations on making your dream come true. 


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 12:56 PM

Very nice! Congrats



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 01:30 PM

It was less than $1000. Not bad for a first observatory.
Getting a nice seating area with a bit of heat is an easy sell for my spouse.

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 01:50 PM

If I tell you that I hate you will you take it as a compliment?

 

I've been an amateur astronomer for 46 years and currently own my fifth house (sequentially, not any two at once lol), and I still haven't gathered up the guts to build my own observatory. Congratulations on making your dream come true. 

Take the plunge.  You won't regret it.  If you don't speak DIY, that Suncast shed looks like a good option.  Back Yard Observatories is out there, too.  They do good work.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 03:40 PM

That looks very workable..... nice job.  A lot of creature comforts in there.  More time imaging, less time aligning is great.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:12 AM

 

If I tell you that I hate you will you take it as a compliment?

 

I've been an amateur astronomer for 46 years and currently own my fifth house (sequentially, not any two at once lol), and I still haven't gathered up the guts to build my own observatory. Congratulations on making your dream come true. 

Take the plunge.  You won't regret it.  If you don't speak DIY, that Suncast shed looks like a good option.  Back Yard Observatories is out there, too.  They do good work.

 

Yes, well, the issue now isn't money or space, it is a wife of over 30 years... She still needs some convincing. I want to do almost exactly what you have done. I just started in the world of video astronomy, and it would be very nice to have a place to leave everything nice and set up. I did CCD astronomy for over a decade from 1994 to 2005 and at least then I had a pier. Now I have to set up in the driveway! 

 

 

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:24 AM

Yes I hear you. The off set pier really opens the space up... the heater and a big flat-screen allows you and your wife to observe comfortably. Also inviting for grandkids, family, friends.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 12:18 AM

This is an excellent idea. However just a few questions. How does the roof get off? Is it manually or is it sliding? How do you ensure to avoid rain water entering from the opening roof?



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 10:15 AM

After removing the turnbuckles and the bungee cords... the panels come off by hand. They aren't very heavy and not too big. I am also 6'4". :) So I just grab a panel and set it on the ground, leaning up against the outside wall.

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Posted 01 August 2016 - 06:10 PM

Pretty awesome! Nice job


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