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SkyShed POD Beta Testers Needed

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:48 AM

Will do Alex. ASAP.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:54 AM

We'll be there with bells on Tim, and a few PODs. Oh, and the Grand Door prize will be a POD. That's our plan at this time.

Starfest will be PODs "official" launch.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 02:02 AM

That's not fair angl2. I love that area. I lived in the Oakwoods ("Jokewoods")on the other side of the hill for while and used to go the Griffith whenever I got the chance.

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.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 03:20 PM

I wanna be a beta tester!!!!!

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 01:54 AM

I checked out your site, (impressive) reading the posts, following this. Sounds interesting. Very much looking forward to seeing the dome opening configuration design. I have an idea what it is, but I am just curious if it can just open partially. I imagine it would.

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.

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:47 AM

PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME! I WANT A POD!!!!

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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 ;)

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:35 AM

Wayne,
Does the POD have a bottom piece?
Thanks
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:53 PM

Seriously, would love to test one. You are always welcome.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 09:27 AM

Are there any "POD Updates" as of late?....

Any projection on target delivery date yet?

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 04:15 AM

Do you mean a floor? Or walls?

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 08:49 AM

I would think he would mean the floor Wayne.

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".

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 10:52 AM

Do you mean a floor? Or walls?

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Wayne,
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.
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Posted 09 May 2006 - 10:57 AM

ATY, I'm guessing that since the specs say that the POD is portable and can be set up "anywhere", there isn't a floor. I would think something like some circular waterproof plastic tarp and velcro or snaps around the base to hold it.

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.

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Posted 09 May 2006 - 12:54 PM

You're right guys. There is no floor. This is so that people can use POD with a tripod right out of the box. If they wish to mount POD permanently or semi permanently in the backyard they can add a pier later.

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.

CS!
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Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:12 PM

Are you still needing Beta testers? If so, let me know the qualifying procedure. I would be using the POD on 1.5 acres in SE Ohio.

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 09:22 PM

Hi Mike. There are millions of people waiting to test POD, maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones :)

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....


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