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#51 Michael Rapp

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 07:33 AM

Maybe some of those thick rubber mats around the pier would be comfortable to stand on and still serve as protection in case of unfortunate fumble finger moments with eyepieces.


I'm thinking of using some of those thick kitchen floor mats you see in restaurants, like this.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 07:36 AM

One of the biggest advantages to having carpet.....It's next to impossible to not track dirt and debris into the observatory. I've noticed, since I installed the indoor/outdoor el cheapo carpet, that the amount of dust covering on the scope and elsewhere is much smaller. Yes, I have to vac once in awhile, but it beats having to use a duster often. Seems the carpet acts like a magnet and keeps much of the dust out of the air.
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Posted 25 June 2006 - 11:40 AM

True... sweeping does raise a lot of dust. :thinking:

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 01:39 PM

Floor is now complete with the first coat of the gray latex flat enamel. The last coat should go on like a breeze :grin:

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 01:44 PM

North wall stained & getting a start on the West wall. Storms & showers are approaching later this afternoon :mad:

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 02:16 PM

Rick,
Your observatory is shaping up very nicely.

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 06:40 PM

Thank you Marcus :bow: Just a work in S..L..O..W progress :wron:

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 09:19 PM

Yep i have to agree Rick, coming along nicely. Way to go!

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 05:58 AM

Nice job so far Rick, You'll be done before you know it. What ever happen with your corner post? Did you get it streighten out or was it just an optical illusion?

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 06:56 AM

Carl,

Some of the corner posts I do believe are leaning ever so slightly, and is not an optical illusion. But the way they are attached to the post brackets, which were embedded into the concreate footers with the J-bolts, have so little "room" for them to lean, this ever so slight leaning should not get any worse. I'm still planning some extra bracing underneath. When I get the chance, I'll try to take some very close-up pictures to show you what they look like. I "think" I know how all this came to be...of course being "my fault" in the very early stages :p But I do think I'll be alright ;)

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 10:50 AM

You might look into one of these airless paint sprayers. My neighbor has one that I use, and I'd never go back to trying to paint a building like yours without one.
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Posted 27 June 2006 - 03:21 PM

I wonder if Home Depot rents something like that? Looks like it might be a real time saver and worth the rental cost, if it isn't too expensive.

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 07:11 PM

If not Home Depot (do they rent anything? :shrug: ), then surely a regular rental company would have similar.

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 08:21 PM

Airless Paint Sprayers from Home Depot tool rentals:

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#65 Rick Needham

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 04:01 AM

Progress Report: None. Rain...rain...rain. 2"+ expected today. 2"-3" just two days ago. :mad: A nearby creek to my house, approx. 1/4 mi. away, is nearing flood levels :ohgeeze: :ohmy: Not that I'm in any danger. My property & house sits on a gentle upwards slope. But I'm so sick of seeing the Rain Gods :(

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 10:03 AM

Yeah.. Saw that... Looks like a Hurricane coming up the east coast... :(

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 06:29 PM

Yeah.. Saw that... Looks like a Hurricane coming up the east coast... :(



We got close to a foot o water here in Delmarva...just when you think it couldn't rain any harder it WOULD!!! Despite the windblown torrents Blue Star stayed dry as a bone (thanks Scott!)...wish the same to everyone here!

Yea pretty darned close a hurricane if you've followed the systemm as it was developing off the Atlantic Coast...Tropical Storm Jr fer sure. I watched the core of the low pressure center spin right over my house on the radar last night.

Rick, scope shops lookin' real good. I wavered between painting the floor and indoor/outdoor carpet and went with the latter for a) my feet b)dropped eyepieces. A good decision for me. Yes, the carpet traps durt and dust...I go over it with the shop vac once in a while. The Missus wishes I could get that enthusiastic re cleaning the house tho :question: :tonofbricks:

#68 Rick Needham

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 08:01 PM

Thanks all. Does everyone have a problem with "butter fingers" and dropped eyepieces? :lol: I suppose it could happen to me someday, but I have yet to drop an eyepiece myself. I will have a cushioned rubber floor mat around the pier area when all is said and done though :whistle:

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 03:08 PM

This is an interesting discussion on the pros and cons of carpet. I would tend to go for the carpet or some sort of softer material (e.g. rubber mat, astroturf). I remember one of our club members had the experience of dropping a ccd camera. Lucky for him, nothing broke. Sure carpet gets dirty, but 5 minutes with a shop-vacuum should clean that up. Whereas, dropping a ccd camera, eyepiece, etc. - remember Murphy's Law.

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 03:09 PM

I took this picture just the other evening, from the front deck of the house just before dusk. It had been a day of heavy rains (tell me something new). Almost an every day sighting has become this doe with her newborn fawn, which seem to spend alot of time on our property. The observatory is off to the right in this picture, just out of view. The other day, the fawn went skipping right past the observatory, but I didn't have the digital camera handy! :foreheadslap: I'm hoping one of these days to capture an image of them near the observatory :)

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 03:12 PM

Here's a different picture taken earlier, as a reference. Note the large spruce tree to the left in this picture. It's the same spruce tree seen in the above photo off to the right of that picture.

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 04:06 PM

Something I've been putting off for awhile now is trying to smooth out the superficial rough spots on the top 1/3 of the 8.5" diameter concreate pier. I got around to it today. Here's a BEFORE picture:

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 04:07 PM

Here's an AFTER picture: In another day or so, I plan on painting the pier white if it doesn't rain in between that time :p

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 04:04 PM

The pier recieved its first coat of white paint today. I would imagine it's going to get a few more.

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 04:07 PM

All the exterior walls have now recieved their first coat of stain (Cape Cod Gray). The North wall (facing North in this picture), has already recieved its second and final coat of stain. Once the last three walls get their second coat of stain, I'll begin working on all the white trim :)

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