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#1676 MHamburg

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 09:44 AM

Congratulations! You certainly have made a truly unique and personal obs. How about coming up with a name for it?

 

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 04:32 PM

Congratulations! You certainly have made a truly unique and personal obs. How about coming up with a name for it?

 

Michael

Assuming this in reference to post #1675, how about "The Yurt"?



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Posted 22 September 2021 - 03:28 PM

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I took this "glamour shot" of my backyard observatory cool.gif


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Posted 23 September 2021 - 04:37 AM

We are 6 friends and decided to build a remote observatory in a bortle 3 area in Brazil. The area is rented for long period (10 yrs +) and is near a place where we usually star party.
The observatory is a 2,5 hours drive from Sao Paulo where we live. Roll off to be installed.

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 04:18 PM

  I made my second homemade observatory after aI had to move to another state then back years latter to South Carolina. The cost was less than $500 and its bigger than the ones I was wanting to get online for about $4600 including shipping. The window of the dome is not complete as of yet as far as a window that opens and closes that's water proof but I will figure that out latter, for now I just have a good UV protected pool tarp over the dome when I am not using the unit. Works OK for now and it roomy. My concrete pier is an 8in diameter and a little larger near the top where I sunk my cut off tripod instead of having to purchase a pier adapter. It was a loss as far as the tripod go,s but I can get another tripod for probably the same or less than the pier adapter. It,s working fine so far and I use SharpCap to polar align either every time or every other time since I have noticed that expansion and contraction of the pier and mount from the temp changes from 100% at day to 72% or lower at night at this time of year makes have to slightly readjust the mount.

 Maybe this will give someone an idea to follow or improve on, or maybe I can get some ideas to help me make mine better. Found out that lumber was sky high and so was metal sheeting so I went with 1/4 in concrete boards that are 3x5 ft. They are cheap and water resistant so I painted them to make them water proof. Use some stainless steel bearing come 25 in a pack from Amazon for cheap, then screwed them into some small boards around the top framing like wings sticking out a bit so the dome would sit on top a spin around fairly easily. I made sure to make the base slightly smaller than the diameter of the dome so the water running off the dome in a rain would fall outside the structure.  The beginning base was trenched out by hand with a shovel in a circle about 4 inches deep, and then as I poured concrete into the small trench I placed 4x8x16 concrete block side by side in a circle. After the blocks set and the concrete, I placed some 2x4 boards  face against blocks, spaced out 3 ft apart all around the base onto the blocks by drilling a few holes through the block and each 2x4 and ran a metal bolt through with nut. I also cut identical sections of 2x4 boards  and set one against each board that was screwed into the block in a ( T ) shape so as to provide better support. Then I placed several smaller sections of 2x4 across the tops of each upright 2x4 until It looked somewhat like a ring circle at the top where I placed my small wooden wings with bearing and so on.

I don't quite understand what you have for bearings. Could you post either a close-up, or a link to the ones you bought. Also, what do you use for the body of the dome top?



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Posted 01 October 2021 - 07:54 AM

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AT 92 on Sky shed pier in sky shed pod on Ieq  30 mount ready to go and boy is it nice.

 


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Posted 02 October 2021 - 10:35 PM

I just recently finished automating my Technical Innovations PD6 to run on the LesveDome driver.  I tapped into the original manual control system.  It was quite the challenge in DIY electronics but I got it working.  I'm really going to enjoy the automation this winter

 
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Posted 09 October 2021 - 08:59 AM

My newly built 8'x10' ROR. 

Next step is to run 110v to it and finish the interior. Currently have my Unistellar eVscope occupying it until I can get the plates made to mount my pier and the EQ6-R inside it. 

Attached pic from 15min Unistellar exposure from the first night it was completed. 

The night shot is a 10sec iPhone photo, those landscape lights aren't as bright as they appear. 

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 10:46 AM

Pretty setup! Here are plans for a new roll of shed observatory I am building for a L-350 mount.

 

Peter

 

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Posted 09 October 2021 - 11:50 AM

Taylor...

 

This is awesome.....   Your workmanship is inspiring. 

Something to be proud of, and  that you will enjoy for years to come.

 

Well done !



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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:05 PM

Some gorgeous observatories here!  Haven't managed to go thru them all yet, but looking forward to browsing as time permits.

 

Here's a few of my own.  Built this last year to replace a SkyShed Pod as a COVID lockdown project.  Still tweaking bits here and there.  Have since automated the roof using a gate opener and AstroMC RoR controller.  Photos of the build on google albums if the link is acceptable in these forums.

 

Observatory is about 100m from the house.  150 watt solar panel driving four 6-volt RV batteries (2 x 6 in parallel) for power, supplemented by a 400 watt wind turbine for cloudy / winter days.  Secondary 12-volt deep cycle battery powers the roof opener with three 40 watt solar panels.  Today's project is to rig up a relay so wind turbine can charge either set of batteries.

 

Outside View 3
 
Outside View 2
 
Outside View 1
 
Inside 2
 
Inside 1
 
Open Roof (night)
 
East Pier 2 (night)
 
East Pier 1 (night)

 


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Posted 09 October 2021 - 12:41 PM

Taylor...

 

This is awesome.....   Your workmanship is inspiring. 

Something to be proud of, and  that you will enjoy for years to come.

 

Well done !

+1 !

 

Joe



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Posted 10 October 2021 - 09:07 PM

  I made my second homemade observatory after aI had to move to another state then back years latter to South Carolina. The cost was less than $500 and its bigger than the ones I was wanting to get online for about $4600 including shipping. The window of the dome is not complete as of yet as far as a window that opens and closes that's water proof but I will figure that out latter, for now I just have a good UV protected pool tarp over the dome when I am not using the unit. Works OK for now and it roomy. My concrete pier is an 8in diameter and a little larger near the top where I sunk my cut off tripod instead of having to purchase a pier adapter. It was a loss as far as the tripod go,s but I can get another tripod for probably the same or less than the pier adapter. It,s working fine so far and I use SharpCap to polar align either every time or every other time since I have noticed that expansion and contraction of the pier and mount from the temp changes from 100% at day to 72% or lower at night at this time of year makes have to slightly readjust the mount.

 Maybe this will give someone an idea to follow or improve on, or maybe I can get some ideas to help me make mine better. Found out that lumber was sky high and so was metal sheeting so I went with 1/4 in concrete boards that are 3x5 ft. They are cheap and water resistant so I painted them to make them water proof. Use some stainless steel bearing come 25 in a pack from Amazon for cheap, then screwed them into some small boards around the top framing like wings sticking out a bit so the dome would sit on top a spin around fairly easily. I made sure to make the base slightly smaller than the diameter of the dome so the water running off the dome in a rain would fall outside the structure.  The beginning base was trenched out by hand with a shovel in a circle about 4 inches deep, and then as I poured concrete into the small trench I placed 4x8x16 concrete block side by side in a circle. After the blocks set and the concrete, I placed some 2x4 boards  face against blocks, spaced out 3 ft apart all around the base onto the blocks by drilling a few holes through the block and each 2x4 and ran a metal bolt through with nut. I also cut identical sections of 2x4 boards  and set one against each board that was screwed into the block in a ( T ) shape so as to provide better support. Then I placed several smaller sections of 2x4 across the tops of each upright 2x4 until It looked somewhat like a ring circle at the top where I placed my small wooden wings with bearing and so on.

I love this idea! I'll bet it's really sturdy against wind (which I need in NM), and certainly rot-resistant. A couple questions, though:

Where did you get the domed roof?

Do you have anything to hold the dome in place against strong winds that might tend to lift it off?

How did you level the concrete blocks? Slow-setting concrete in the trench to give you time to work with them? Or very careful trenching initially?

What is the pad inside the cinder blocks made of? Poured concrete?



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Posted 10 October 2021 - 09:16 PM

Some gorgeous observatories here!  Haven't managed to go thru them all yet, but looking forward to browsing as time permits.

 

Here's a few of my own.  Built this last year to replace a SkyShed Pod as a COVID lockdown project.  Still tweaking bits here and there.  Have since automated the roof using a gate opener and AstroMC RoR controller.  Photos of the build on google albums if the link is acceptable in these forums.

 

Observatory is about 100m from the house.  150 watt solar panel driving four 6-volt RV batteries (2 x 6 in parallel) for power, supplemented by a 400 watt wind turbine for cloudy / winter days.  Secondary 12-volt deep cycle battery powers the roof opener with three 40 watt solar panels.  Today's project is to rig up a relay so wind turbine can charge either set of batteries.

 

Are those eves open? Or is there screening across the openings to keep bugs out?



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Posted 10 October 2021 - 09:29 PM

Are those eves open? Or is there screening across the openings to keep bugs out?

I used coruplast to close off the eaves.  They still let in some light but keep (most of) the weather and insects out.  Needed to do a little patch up this summer when a couple of pigeons decided they'd found a good home, but it's been fairly good so far.  No wasps at least!



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Posted 11 October 2021 - 05:13 PM

Pretty setup! Here are plans for a new roll of shed observatory I am building for a L-350 mount.

 

Peter

Only 2 ft deep for your pier? I hope you have some sturdy soil (or a really fat pier).


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Posted 11 October 2021 - 05:18 PM

I expect to extend the footings to the sides. Weight of the pier is over 1200 lbs. The base plate for the L-350 also is on 3/4" all thread so it is adjustable if there is any settling.

 

Peter



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Posted 14 October 2021 - 01:48 AM

Another POD ... this is my narrowband only setup... ;-)

 

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