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#1551 Lightpath

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Posted 02 September 2020 - 07:42 PM

Here's "The Expense" observatory at Cosmic Acres, Joshua Tree, CA, in operation.  Inside is my 12.5" f/23 Classical Cassegrain with Teak plywood tube and Ed Beck (Enterprise Optics) mirrors, aimed at Mars.  I turned on the porch light (ids approved, with low-wattage LED bulb, not this bright in person).  The observatory is air conditioned, so I was able to set it to the evening temperature forecast so the optics don't have to equillibrate and I can get right to work.

 

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Now THAT observatory is worthy of the proto-goo!  It looks fantastic!
 


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#1552 Hankster

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Posted 06 September 2020 - 06:10 PM

New Skyshed POD!

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#1553 Acer

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Posted 04 October 2020 - 11:25 AM

My RASA 11 inside my geodesic dome.

 

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#1554 Greg Mueller

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Posted 11 October 2020 - 02:58 PM

Mine's still under construction. When it's done it will be a 12' Ash Dome.

Here's my webpage.

 

http://www.section8o...m/OB_Const.html


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#1555 vaticanaddict

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 04:13 AM

This is my Roof Top Motorized ROR Observatory. I live in Israel, not too far from Tel-Aviv. Although our sky over Israel are about Bortle 7-8 I get to enjoy a rather "OK" sky. 

It is a 25 Sqm and and houses a 18'' Goto Dobsonian Telescope, 10'' Newtonian, EsgeHD8, Lunt LS69 and a 102mm. APO Refractor.

The Scopes are operated on a NEQ6-Pro and an Evolution on Wedge mounts as well as an iOptron Alt-Az mount.

The Observatory is constructed of Aluminum and Steel and Steel sheets for covering the roof and walls. 

I ran two Imaging Scopes on Equatorial mounts - both ASCOM based and fully Automated.

I have ben engaged with Astronomy ever since I was 6 years old and this Home Observatory has been my life's dream ever since.

I built it after I experienced a life changing event and besides my family, this Observatory is the joy of my life.

Enjoy the way (the project) as much as you will enjoy your Observatory in the years to com.

Eyal.

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#1556 nikulsuthar

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:57 PM

Here is my roll-off shed (outhouse observatory style).

 

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jf

Excellent setup... A couple of questions though... Did you had any concrete footing underneath the pillar? Also how did you attach the two blocks one above the other and how did you root the bottom block to the ground?


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#1557 PrO-BW

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 04:46 PM

Now my second dome (the astrograph-building) had been added to my observatory ground:

 

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It houses a 10 inch Meade Schmidt-Newtonian on modified EQ6-mount with 4 inch guidescope piggyback.

 

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#1558 Arie

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 03:09 AM

Somewhere over the rainbow ........

 

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#1559 Stevegeo

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Posted 29 October 2020 - 06:33 AM

Wow great shot .



#1560 ekuzemchak

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:05 PM

Here is the Meadowgold Mobile Observatory.   Built on a toy-hauler trailer, the mount is completely isolated from the trailer with a tripod that reaches to the ground.  Has a complete warm room and automation with KStars.

 

I use it as my home observatory, and I've taken it to a few sites like ORAS and Calhoun.   Looking forward to taking it to TSP and Okie-Tex.

 

Complete details of the build can be found at: https://kuzemchak.com/mmo/

 

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#1561 MHamburg

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Posted 03 November 2020 - 10:07 AM

That is really terrific!!

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 09:52 PM

After a Corona Summer of backyard construction, La Palma Observatory is completed and in operation!!!  The shot of IC 410, the Tadpole Nebula, is one of the first images taken from the new pier!

 

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#1563 Chuck Faranda

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 07:09 AM

My Florida 'flee to' paradise.  Near the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park (Darksky Designated by the IDA)

 

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#1564 Chuck Faranda

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Posted 12 November 2020 - 07:14 AM

Here is the Meadowgold Mobile Observatory.   Built on a toy-hauler trailer, the mount is completely isolated from the trailer with a tripod that reaches to the ground.  Has a complete warm room and automation with KStars.

 

I use it as my home observatory, and I've taken it to a few sites like ORAS and Calhoun.   Looking forward to taking it to TSP and Okie-Tex.

 

Complete details of the build can be found at: https://kuzemchak.com/mmo/

 

Ed

Ed,

 

The ultimate mobile observatory, awesome!  Is the pier isolated from the trailer?



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Posted 12 November 2020 - 11:25 PM

Ed,

 

The ultimate mobile observatory, awesome!  Is the pier isolated from the trailer?

Hi Chuck,

 

Yes, the pier is totally isolated with a tripod that extends to the ground.  See the web site for details.

Ed



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Posted 17 November 2020 - 02:52 PM

Excellent setup... A couple of questions though... Did you had any concrete footing underneath the pillar? Also how did you attach the two blocks one above the other and how did you root the bottom block to the ground?

Sorry, I missed your comment. You can see the details of the build here: https://www.cloudyni...se-observatory/

 

There is ~200lbs of concrete underneath the bottom cinder block (concrete going directly against the undisturbed soil / hole dug by hand).

I used long anchors set in the wet concrete to connect the bottom block to the concrete plug.

The two blocks are connected by 4 bolts. The hardest part is to drill precisely enough each block so that the holes line up. Good news is: if you mess up, getting another block is cheap.

 

It's been 5 months now and I'm very happy with this setup.

 

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 12:40 PM

Since a couple of days, my TEC MC300 (Mak-Cass) has a new house! A 12,5" AstroHaven dome freshly renovated. I bought it from a friend who recently passed away. The dome was not in a very good shape anymore. After many weeks of renovation work I assembled the dome in my backyard to house permanently my impressive TEC MC300.

 

My AstroHaven dome after renovation :

 

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#1568 BoldlySeeing

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 08:24 AM

Seeing all these beautiful observatories is making me pine for a home of my own on a wide-open patch of land away from lights. Sadly I'm on a rental property on the edge of the Chicago metro area with somewhat limited views (not to mention rather short of cash), so I had to improvise my own light-block / "driveway observatory," which seems to be working out well so far. It even withstood some fairly high winds recently...

 

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I'm no engineer, so I just went with some basic dividers from Amazon to block at least some of the nearby street lights and car lights. Not perfect, but it'll do for now. I also got a 4x4 cabana to house a table and chair where I put the laptop and other items I need to bring outside. I run a long cord from the shed to a power bar in the cabana and plug all my stuff into that. I have a large tarp that I can either place over the scope itself or over the entire area enclosed by the dividers, which form a loop and are held together by a combination of plastic clips and Velcro straps. I used to have the cabana facing outside the "loop," but I found it way better to have it facing the telescope to make one large "room."

 

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In a way, it's like those domes with the side bays, except cheap, flimsy, no dome, and temporary. I can leave it up for days and take it down when I need to. Maybe someday I'll have something better, but this is my home outside of the house for now.


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#1569 jcj380

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 09:43 AM

Curious what dividers you bought.  Might be easier to pop up something like that than hang my black shower curtains.



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Posted 02 December 2020 - 12:31 PM

Curious what dividers you bought.  Might be easier to pop up something like that than hang my black shower curtains.

These are the dividers I got: https://www.amazon.c...00?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

I would have gotten all black, but only one set was in stock at the time.

Here's the cabana I'm using: https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

And the table I put inside it: https://www.amazon.c...1?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Those dividers will definitely blow away easily, so you'll want to weigh them down well. In my case, having 3 sets connected in a circle, weighted with bricks and water bags, and a tarp stretched between several sides of the dividers helped them to withstand 25+ mph winds.


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#1571 Foundationer

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Posted Yesterday, 07:33 PM

Sun Valley Observatory finally fully functional !!

Modded Nexdome with 2 bays.

Meade LX200 GPS 12 inch.

I will post construction details if there is enough interest.

 

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