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#1401 Megiddo

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:39 PM

NorthStar Farms Observatory - Canton GA:

 

Explora-dome 8' on a 10x10 in my front pasture - completed this weekend after a year of on and off building.  Using my G-11 mount but, assuming I can get the results with this I want, plan on up-grading to AP-1600.  Foster systems setup - very buggy - but working through tweaking the numbers to see if it's worth keeping.  

 

Only issue I'm having so far is moisture under the floor, so I have to vent the brick base of the building somewhere - which sucks.

 

Other than that, after a year of total PITA work, comments very welcome! 

 

Link to build images and interior:  http://madmanrc.com/Observatory.html

Not only is that a top notch observatory... but your farm is gorgeous!   And I did see a mounting block as a temporary stair case.  ;)


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#1402 morrisayoder

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:56 PM

Thanks to all of you who've been posting pictures on this forum. It's given me lots of good ideas of how to put together a ROR observatory. Especially thanks to John Fitzgerald for his idea of having double doors in the front allowing a view to the horizon, even with a dobsonian telescope (scroll down after clicking the link for a picture of his setup). The design allows me to see any star in the sky visible from my latitude at some time of the year or other in spite of the walls.

 

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16'x26', includes a 6'x16' control room and 16'x 20' scope room

Roof powered by Aleko AR5750 rack and pinion gate motor

Climate controlled in both rooms for temperature, humidity, and mold control

Remote access with TeamViewer

 

For more pictures and observatory construction details follow this link

Observing site page and a little beginner's astrophotography follow this link

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#1403 Stevegeo

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 08:19 PM

1209181007_Burst01.jpg And here is my place ... Called Area 3751 ..(the address). A 8 1/2 ft diameter  dome I aquired Free.. the previous owner posted it local with the stipulation it had to be moved that weekend.... I found a local junker with trailer , his buddy, my son and I.. a 100 bucks later it's on it's way 40 miles to my place... I had to rebuild the doors which were wood and rotten .. the new doors are fiberglass over bent conduit welded trusses with actuators.  Weather tight and lightweight ..opening to 22 in . 

It has am fm shortwave radio, base heat, locking door,, interior 110 lites white, 12volt lites in red, outlets, storage for eyepieces, computer station flip down bases . 

I currently have a Celestron 8 in cat with a c90 spotter , eq mount .( For portable viewing) ...and a 10 in Meade housed inside the dome. Future plans are an addition for remote viewing, bed , fridge, and possibly a larger scope .

Questions comments welcome! Email me directly scg13803@yahoo.com.

 

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#1404 Stevegeo

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 08:34 PM

More pics of 3751 ... It was zero outside ... 34 inside .. clear sky's.,.1205181901.jpg

And my other dome I live in...1116180518a.jpg


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#1405 MHamburg

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 12:56 PM

What part of the world are you in?

 

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Posted 01 February 2019 - 05:58 PM

Oh sorry forgot to mention I'm in upstate NY, near dead center , fingerlakes area  otisco lake to be exact... Yes I live in a geodesic home, my observatory is at my other house (a registered bomb shelter)  just up the hill 770 ft elevation. Darling hill observatory run by the Syracuse astro society is about 2 miles away. Dark skies . Good elevation... Is there any other members in NY? Email me and let's get together ..scg13803@yahoo.com

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#1407 Stevegeo

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

Opened my dome up for this shot  10 in Meade peeking out ..a clear night ahead .0207191729.jpg 0207191729a.jpg

Steveg


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#1408 Stevegeo

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 06:34 PM

0207191722~2.jpg Some have asked about my dome and observatory.  There's more .. since my interests are space related I built for my yard this..  a lunar lander 13ft tall with a flag ( not shown as I had to crop pic to fit) to commemorate the lunar landing .. at my observatory a flying saucer   12 ft dia complete with aliens , landing gear legs and lights .. this is currently stored in my barn for the winter .. awaiting spring and new paint. Expect an update in March.  Steveg 


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#1409 MadMan

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:58 AM

Re-post with Pictures this time:
 
NorthStar Farms Observatory - Canton GA: - completed 10/2018.
 
Explora-dome 8' on a 10x10 in my front pasture - completed this weekend after a year of on and off building.  Using my G-11 mount but, assuming I can get the results with this I want, plan on up-grading to AP-1600.  Foster systems setup - very buggy - but got it working by tweaking the numbers.
 
Only issue I'm having so far is moisture under the floor, so I have to vent the brick base of the building somewhere - which sucks.
 
Other than that, after a year of total PITA work, comments very welcome!

 

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Link to build images and interior:  http://madmanrc.com/Observatory.html

 

 


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 06:06 PM

Re-post with Pictures this time:
 
NorthStar Farms Observatory - Canton GA: - completed 10/2018.
 
Explora-dome 8' on a 10x10 in my front pasture - completed this weekend after a year of on and off building.  Using my G-11 mount but, assuming I can get the results with this I want, plan on up-grading to AP-1600.  Foster systems setup - very buggy - but got it working by tweaking the numbers.
 
Only issue I'm having so far is moisture under the floor, so I have to vent the brick base of the building somewhere - which sucks.
 
Other than that, after a year of total PITA work, comments very welcome!

 

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Link to build images and interior:  http://madmanrc.com/Observatory.html

Outstanding job. This is exactly what my wife wants me to build but different color hardiplank to match the house 


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#1411 Stevegeo

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:17 PM

A small muffin fan should suffice ..120 or 12volt. Small vent in and out directly across . ...also cover the ground with a complete sheet of 12 mil plastic  .. run it up the interior wall 6 in all around .weight it down in corners with bricks ..and every 2 ft .. moisture migration should stop  Stevegeo .. 



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:04 PM

Apollo, thanks sir.  Same here...  I wanted to match the house and barn down to the plank spacing and brick.  Appreciate the compliment very much!

 

Lift Off, exactly and spot on. I've never built anything really so I didn't think moisture control through.  Problem is I have to cut out some of the brick work to install a vent system (I bought this 2 way fan vent with a humidistat so I only had to cut one hole to get input/output) - hopefully works:

 

https://www.amazon.c...1?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

To put down tarp, and for easy access, I can try to cut some of the floor up and make a 2x2 trap of some kind to be able to get sheeting down.  There's not much clearance - maybe 20" in the front and 12 in the back under the floor.  I had put gravel about 4" thick and moisture barrier between the subfloor and tiles, but it isn't enough with all the rain we had this year and I didn't know any better.

 

**** shame though...  B&D combo a/c, heat and de-humidifier is keeping the inside perfect, but it's wet on the ground which is only 1-2' below the joists.

 

Any further suggestions would be welcome as you obviously know my issue.

 

Couple more pics:

 

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#1413 MadMan

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:09 PM

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:38 PM

Suncast Glidetop Garden Shed

 

https://www.homedepo...S4900/203065758

 

1) SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT mount
2) Explore Scientific ED80 Carbon Fiber APO Triplet refractor
3) ZWO ASI 224MC camera
4) Optolong L-Pro light pollution reduction filter
5) Cartes Du Ciel (Skycharts) 4.0
6) Sharpcap 3.1 free version
7) Bahtinov mask

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#1415 Cfreerksen

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 11:08 AM

Suncast Glidetop Garden Shed

 

https://www.homedepo...S4900/203065758

 

1) SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 GT mount
2) Explore Scientific ED80 Carbon Fiber APO Triplet refractor
3) ZWO ASI 224MC camera
4) Optolong L-Pro light pollution reduction filter
5) Cartes Du Ciel (Skycharts) 4.0
6) Sharpcap 3.1 free version
7) Bahtinov mask

Brilliant minds think the same. https://www.cloudyni...e-shed-dry-run/

 

Chris

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:45 PM

Brilliant minds think the same. https://www.cloudyni...e-shed-dry-run/

 

Chris

I took inspiration from you as well!!! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif


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#1417 hovlandbound

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 11:03 AM

Craig Smith does just that......

 

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I would do that if it wasn't for the patio mats I use for a floor. smile.gif

 

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Very nice!  Great job!  



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Posted 08 March 2019 - 12:46 PM

here is my last Yardmaster build in the UK, 

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with build instructions here

http://www.mgnastro....bservatory.html

 

moved house a while back and now looking at a revised copy, will hopefully be able to show new images soon :-)


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 03:02 PM

My upgraded 12inch orion optics UK vx12 installed in my pulsar 2.7m observatory. Taken me two years to get to this and having to move in 3months to a new home so having to start all over again  Upside moving from bortle 6 to bortle 4 light pollution site.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 12:46 PM

It took 6 months but finally done.  My observatory built over my 4 car garage.

 

 

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 12:50 PM

A few more..............

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:36 PM

I also wanted to add that I could not be more satisfied with my Pier Tech split roll off roof (Tele-Station 6) and Pier Tech 3 adjustable steel pier.  I explored many options and companies involving roll of roofs and domes and after speaking with several folks who build observatories I decided on a roll off roof from Pier Tech.  It is the perfect setup for me and the support from Vito while designing the observatory was excellent.  The construction of the observatory roof is first rate with an easy to use control system.  I've already experienced a couple of severe storms and high winds with no issues.  So, I think if you considering high (e.g., >10 ft) observatory, the options offered by Pier Tech should be seriously considered.    


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:57 AM

some old pictures of my 12-foot dome

the concept works nicely... very nicely!

I built two, the 12-footer shown, and the 24-footer that houses my 36-inch scope

note that I built it and later transported it, in pieces, to a rural hill

others have also built to my design... successfully!    Tom

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:58 AM

nother pic

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:59 AM

and later moved from the subury to a remote rural hill = very dark skies    Tom

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