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#1651 kpem

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 04:51 PM

This is my first post on CN, and this is my split roll-off roof observatory at my home about 25 miles SW of Tucson. It's 16' x 10', with two concrete piers carrying a C14 Edge and a 12.5" Dall-Kirkham Cass. It's been in operation for about six years and has been a great pleasure to use, and will never be quite finished.obs_ext_1120-1.jpg


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#1652 R Botero

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 03:41 AM

Great first post and congratulations on your observatory and equipment :waytogo:

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#1653 MHamburg

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 10:59 AM

Great location! Are you connected to the grid or are you independently powered?

 

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#1654 kpem

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 07:36 PM

Thanks for kind words! And Michael, we're on the grid; we do, in fact have underground utilities. This area began as a development in the early 70s that failed, but not until the utilities were in. It is zoned now for residential  and is 17 miles due east of Kitt Peak. With the strict lighting restrictions in Tucson and Pima County, the area has Bortle class 4 skies, with the background averaging about 21.3 mags. at zenith. It's really dark to the west and south, and the evening zodiacal light is spectacular!


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#1655 nof

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 11:38 AM

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Hello,

This is my observatory in the Upper Galilee Hills. I wish the skies were Bortle 4 like that wonderful place that kpem just posted, more like a high 5. But, I really do enjoy it. The C14 (just acquired, vintage 1991 or so) seems to be permanently mounted here on the Mach1 mount. I love it. When I go our to dark skies I take my Teeter 10". Nothing like a home observatory for convenience - I spend many, many hours in it. Had wonderful views of Jupiter and Saturn early this morning.


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#1656 nof

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 11:56 AM

Here is the view from the observatory (seen at the left side)

 

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#1657 Ddaniel84

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 01:14 PM

What nice castle!
A so cute story is beginning!!
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#1658 outofdark

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 07:41 AM

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Hello,

This is my observatory in the Upper Galilee Hills. I wish the skies were Bortle 4 like that wonderful place that kpem just posted, more like a high 5. But, I really do enjoy it. The C14 (just acquired, vintage 1991 or so) seems to be permanently mounted here on the Mach1 mount. I love it. When I go our to dark skies I take my Teeter 10". Nothing like a home observatory for convenience - I spend many, many hours in it. Had wonderful views of Jupiter and Saturn early this morning.

Very nice, has a cool contemporary look.


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#1659 nof

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:29 AM

Thanks. It is cool- the translucent roof material absorbs heat and the side panels permit air to pass through. I designed the observatory before we built the house, so it benefitted from the architect who designed the house. Very pleasant to use and to be in. Wishing you great viewing!

#1660 PABresler

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Posted 30 May 2021 - 01:55 PM

Roll off shed. Los Osos, California.

 

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#1661 nof

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Posted 30 May 2021 - 11:05 PM

Peter- looks great! Nice setup
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#1662 dagadget

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 09:04 AM

My Sky Shed POD with front Porch stepping stones. I have three scopes that will reside in there at various times. CGEM II with C11 Ioptron GEM 45 with AT 152EDT and currently Ioptron IEQ 30 with AT 72EDII I have a Pier on order and will be making improvements over the long Florida Cloudy season.test.jpg


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#1663 MHamburg

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 09:53 AM

Peter - is that an AP 900?

 

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Posted 02 July 2021 - 07:04 PM

To contribute to this thread. Here is one that was just finished for us.

 

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It is 10x9 x 6'6" walls.

 

 


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#1665 kemosabe'

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 10:17 PM

Mobile Observatory and its' OTA 800mm f5.6 Refractor,

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#1666 Bruce1000

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 08:03 PM

This  is my ROR observatory (haven't given it a name yet), recently completed, except for a few finishing touches - located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island where we get fantastic night skies - zero light pollution. The observatory is 5.450 m x 3.550 m (external) including a 1.5 m warm room - with 1.8 m (internal) wall height. I poured a 300 x 300 mm concrete pier and mounted a Vixen VMC260L on a Losmandy G11. Great to just roll off the roof and start observing without all the setup and take down hassle.

 

If anyone wants to see the building process click on my Google Drive link https://drive.google...xDL?usp=sharing

 

Cheers,

 

Bruce

 

 

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 08:47 PM

My future permanent observatory structure will be built soon at my new dark site...Star Ranch Observatory SRO.  Until I get it built I am using my SkyBox and I will be anchoring  the frame permanently to the ground so all I have to bring out is the tarps.  It will be used for guests one I get moved into the observatory.

 

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Posted 15 August 2021 - 11:30 AM

I got the permanent 6x10x6H SkyBox frame installed so now I don't have to worry about tie down ropes since there is about 500 lbs of concrete in the 6 footings.  Put on the tarps and I will be ready to set up my equipment.  Next project is a Todmorden pier then putting down pavers for a floor.   When I build my permanent ROR observatory this will be available for guests and temporary setups.  I plan to do an 8x12x6H frame this fall.

 

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#1669 Birddogoby

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Posted 22 August 2021 - 02:34 AM

I’m considering building an observatory.  Are there any good sources for off the shelf plans?



#1670 Christopher Erickson

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 02:06 PM

Skyshed plans.

 

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:49 PM

Thanks, Christopher!



#1672 wecm31

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 05:04 PM

Happy to debut my new SkyShedPod!!

 

shout out to Wayne for superb customer support and a great product.  I was able to pick up direct from the factory, had it all assembled in a few days.  Just finishing the wiring and final configuration.

 

Just enough sight line to the north to catch Polaris, the southern sky is much more open.

 

And if I dare postulate....

 

"there are two kinds of observatory owners.  Those with chickens and those without.  And it correlates that chickens bring darker skies:)!!

 

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#1673 outofdark

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 10:41 PM

Just be careful for them eggs when you are walking around in the dark!

 

Happy to debut my new SkyShedPod!!

 

shout out to Wayne for superb customer support and a great product.  I was able to pick up direct from the factory, had it all assembled in a few days.  Just finishing the wiring and final configuration.

 

Just enough sight line to the north to catch Polaris, the southern sky is much more open.

 

And if I dare postulate....

 

"there are two kinds of observatory owners.  Those with chickens and those without.  And it correlates that chickens bring darker skies:)!!

 



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Posted 12 September 2021 - 11:55 PM

My backyard shed DIY observatory 

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