SkyShed POD Beta Testers Needed
Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:54 AM
Starfest will be PODs "official" launch.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 02:02 AM
A tester there would give me an excuse to come and visit. Hey, I have to go see JPL anyway.
Hmm. That's just not fair.
Posted 27 April 2006 - 01:54 AM
I'll be looking for the animation/images of the opening/shutter design. I also sent in the questionnaire.
Thank you Wayne.
Dan from CA.
Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:47 AM
Any chance you might have one ready to do at the end of May? That weekend is the WOW gathering (Wisconsin Observer's Weekend) at Hartman Creek Stat Park. There's usually a couple hundred in attendance.
I'm be more than happy to bundle up a POD... MY POD... and set it up there
Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:53 PM
Posted 04 May 2006 - 09:27 AM
Any projection on target delivery date yet?
Posted 09 May 2006 - 08:49 AM
I think I read in your literature that the POD is basically 10 pices, so you figure 2 for the dome, that leaves eight for the bottom, and it looks four sided. Figure you need a door, maybe a retainer ring around the top, one for the dome one for the walls, I'm thinking the sides or equipment bays must be one piece.
So any updates Wayne on delivery/availability? I am VERY interested in a POD. It would be perfect for my needs. I need an observatory but it can't be "permanent". I also do a fair amount of star parties and traveling to dark sites for imaging and need a portable shelter. Please post any udates, I already have the site picked out for "my POD".
Posted 09 May 2006 - 10:52 AM
Do you mean a floor? Or walls?
I meant to ask if the POD has a floor. If so is the floor a one-piece water tight construction and how the floor interfaces with the walls.
Posted 09 May 2006 - 10:57 AM
I think what I'm going to do for around the house is pour a cement base, and possibly ring it wit patio stones to keep the wind from getting under it, and possibly to anchor it.
Posted 09 May 2006 - 12:54 PM
We will advise that the proper way to install POD on soil is to find a slightly raised, flat mound of soil to keep water draining away from POD.
No doubt many people will mount POD on a small deck or pad and add a pier. But since we don't want to limit POD to pier use, there's no floor.
We found some great floor mats at Home Depot and Lowes that we will recommend. They're big rubber winter mats that have holes for drainage. Not that we want them for drainage but they'll be easy to cut into shape and keep dust down. And there very low cost and will be easy to transport.
Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:12 PM
Posted 16 May 2006 - 09:22 PM
The PODheads have created a yahoo news group you may want to join to get the latest updates on POD-mania.
As far as applying for beta test, there is a link on their website skyshed.com and you need to fill out the application.
I'm sure Wayne will check up on this thread from time to time and post the address for the news group here. The latest discussions were about connecting PODs into hamster like habitats....