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#1601 Rac19

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 10:13 PM

This is my cheap, mini observatory. It allows me to leave everything in place and preserve alignment between sessions. A major improvement over using a tripod.

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#1602 Scott123

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 06:03 PM

Put up in 2003 used until 2005

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I took the Dome Down last year.

Did you build a new observatory? Sounds like there is a story here.

 

Scott


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#1603 NoDarkSkies

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:19 PM

Not really, I have to redo the Roof so I took the Dome off.
Also the more I think about it I will not put it back up at this location because of the Trains that go by.
So I hope to have it but back in operations by the end of this Summer at my new home it that all works out this spring.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 01:28 PM

It occured to me that I didn't post a picture of my completed build, even though I posted a bunch in a dedicated thread.

 

Here's my completed observatory.  Now if I could just get some clear skies to use it.  We've only had a few clear nights since mid Nov when I got the scope setup in there :(

 

Complete!
 
Scope moved in!

 


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#1605 Rac19

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 09:18 PM

This is my cheap, mini observatory. It allows me to leave everything in place and preserve alignment between sessions. A major improvement over using a tripod.

Sone basic design info for anyone who may interested.

 

The dimensions are 600 mm wide x 800 mm high x 1000 mm long, fabricated from 6 mm (5 ply) marine plywood. I think that 4 mm (3 ply) could be used. I am a concerned about large hail (sometimes very large) in our area, hence the 6 mm thickness. I used 30 mm x 30 mm pine glued and screwed in all corners to join the plywood sheets. The glue was Liquid Nails. To total weight is about 20 kg, 10 Kg when lifting one end.

 

The cover is hinged at one end with a number of handles to hang on to as it is lifted and turned over. It is not too difficult to handle, although some physical strength required, to maintain control while upending the cover. It is important that the height of the platform and the cover are the same.


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#1606 NoDarkSkies

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:00 AM

 

It occured to me that I didn't post a picture of my completed build, even though I posted a bunch in a dedicated thread.

 

Here's my completed observatory.  Now if I could just get some clear skies to use it.  We've only had a few clear nights since mid Nov when I got the scope setup in there frown.gif

 

How many inches higher is the Wall above the top of your Telescope?
 



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Posted 16 January 2021 - 12:18 AM

hello Richard, very ingenious .. but in the open position, does the box not interfere with observations?
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Posted 16 January 2021 - 02:56 AM

hello Richard, very ingenious .. but in the open position, does the box not interfere with observations?
Dominique

Hi Dominique, there is no impact on observations, the platform is 800 mm above ground and the box is 800 mm high so the box is below platform level when open (180 degrees from closed position).

 

The hinges are "split" that the box can be moved away, but I don't usually bother.

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#1609 Ddaniel84

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 03:08 AM

Well seen!

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Posted 19 January 2021 - 07:00 PM

Iteration 1.0 of my "observatory", if you can call it that. 

 

I had a used Celestron CG-5 mount I got for $300 in 2015 starting my astrophotography hobby after a simple star tracker.  It had numerous problems; I added an autoguider setup to try to improve tracking but the DEC could not be successfully used and RA was so-so at best.  Eventually it broke in 2018 and I did not replace it as I knew I would want a much better and more expensive mount.  Finally last month I "justified" it...cause I really wanted to...and bought a new Skywatcher EQ6-r pro.  I like to setup about 80-90 yards away from my house...the CG-5 with everything was bad enough, the EQ6-r makes it much harder to walk out from the basement.  Thus, I bought a glidetop shed for economy intending to keep it placed permanently.  Although I didn't know it before, I see some others here bought these too so I wasn't completely insane.  However, investigating space issues before I got the shed in, I realized there was not enough room to maneuver around the setup for what I wanted.  I built an 8x10 wooden platform and set the shed on the back right.  I cut holes in the platform and placed castle stones where I would set the legs of the tripod. I use my computer inside of the shed, sitting on the floor, and have a propane heater to keep me warm.  

 

Equipment:

1) Orion 6" f4 astrograph

2) Orion SSAG, 50 mm autoguider setup.

3) Skywatcher EQ6-r pro.

4) Canon 70D (to upgrade next to a cooled camera soon hopefully).

 

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#1611 Cfreerksen

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Posted 20 January 2021 - 11:52 PM

Iteration 1.0 of my "observatory", if you can call it that. 

 

I had a used Celestron CG-5 mount I got for $300 in 2015 starting my astrophotography hobby after a simple star tracker.  It had numerous problems; I added an autoguider setup to try to improve tracking but the DEC could not be successfully used and RA was so-so at best.  Eventually it broke in 2018 and I did not replace it as I knew I would want a much better and more expensive mount.  Finally last month I "justified" it...cause I really wanted to...and bought a new Skywatcher EQ6-r pro.  I like to setup about 80-90 yards away from my house...the CG-5 with everything was bad enough, the EQ6-r makes it much harder to walk out from the basement.  Thus, I bought a glidetop shed for economy intending to keep it placed permanently.  Although I didn't know it before, I see some others here bought these too so I wasn't completely insane.  However, investigating space issues before I got the shed in, I realized there was not enough room to maneuver around the setup for what I wanted.  I built an 8x10 wooden platform and set the shed on the back right.  I cut holes in the platform and placed castle stones where I would set the legs of the tripod. I use my computer inside of the shed, sitting on the floor, and have a propane heater to keep me warm.  

 

Equipment:

1) Orion 6" f4 astrograph

2) Orion SSAG, 50 mm autoguider setup.

3) Skywatcher EQ6-r pro.

4) Canon 70D (to upgrade next to a cooled camera soon hopefully).

 

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I just keep mine in the shed. No setup required.

 

Chris

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#1612 Am33r

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 02:58 AM

Observatory X

 

San Joaquin County, CA. USA

January 1, 2021

 

3 Meter Observa-Dome with Matching Cylinder Base & Motorized Rotation

 

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#1613 Am33r

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 03:05 AM

Put up in 2003 used until 2005

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I took the Dome Down last year.

Hi. It is really elegant, awesome job waytogo.gif

I have a dome and a matching cylinder base, but want to build a similar additional room like yours, can I use your picture on my website for reference of how we build our structure? Thank you


Edited by Am33r, 23 January 2021 - 11:43 AM.

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#1614 MHamburg

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 11:10 AM

Hi. It is really elegant, awesome job waytogo.gif

I have a dome and a matching cylinder base, but want to build a similar additional room like yours, can I use your picture on my website for reverence of how we build our structure? Thank you

I think you meant reference but your choice is a nice compliment.

 

Michael lol.gif


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Posted 23 January 2021 - 11:44 AM

I think you meant reference but your choice is a nice compliment.

 

Michael lol.gif

(: thanks, just corrected it



#1616 kathyastro

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 07:46 AM

I just couldn't resist this.

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#1617 outofdark

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 08:58 AM

What a nice setting, how are your skys?

 

I just couldn't resist this.

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Posted 24 January 2021 - 09:28 AM

What a nice setting, how are your skys?

This time of year, horrible.  We are lucky to get one clear night a month, and that is usually on the full moon.  We are 1 km from the ocean (Bay of Fundy), so lots of fog.

 

When it is clear, the skies are pretty good.  About Bortle 2 on very transparent nights, and Bortle 3 when the transparency is less.


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:13 AM

Hi. It is really elegant, awesome job waytogo.gif

I have a dome and a matching cylinder base, but want to build a similar additional room like yours, can I use your picture on my website for reference of how we build our structure? Thank you

Thank you and Yes Indeed you can.

I hope to have it back up in a new location by the end of the summer.
I will post updates as they happen.
 


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#1620 Ryker1

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:43 PM

My observatory is located at 54 degrees north just south of Edmonton Alberta. It houses a 14 inch LX600 with Starlock along with an 80 mm APO refractor.

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Posted 02 February 2021 - 05:07 AM

I just couldn't resist this.

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This is hilarious!  Best laugh I have had in a long time!!



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Posted 02 February 2021 - 11:25 AM

Here's my new observatory I built in Aug-Oct., 2020.  I had several stipulations from my wife I needed to address in the design, and all were accounted for smile.gif  Also, finished it off with full AC power and dual redundant ethernet.  Not shown here, but now it also has an AllSky camera mounted onto the side of it.

 

09 06 G

 

10 10 E
 

Dedicated thread here: https://www.cloudyni...grows-in-maine/

 

An animation of the roof rolling off is here:  https://www.astrobin.com/jhn2vm/G/

 

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Posted 03 February 2021 - 06:28 AM

my simple Nexdome observatory in Abudhabi, UAE

this is under a bortle 9 sky

 

Gear:

Nexdome pod

Ioptron cem70g

Celestron edge hd 8

custom made pier

 

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 12:11 AM

Yikes! I'm guessing that you image in narrowband wink.gif .

 

I happened to be in Abu Dhabi on National Day a few years ago. Quite an interesting experience (in a good way). It took us over an hour to get across town at 1:00 am. It's a fond memory that I won't forget.


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#1625 colroo1

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 06:21 PM

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well.

Started building my observatory in June 2020.

Made the mistake of installing the equipment

I had finished the final fit out 

It's working and now I can't be bothered doing 

All the fiddly bits.

I am about to install the roof automation just

trying to work out where to out the motor 

Most likely outside might be the best bet.

 

Here are some photos

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