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#1 kyle528

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 05:49 PM

More of a shelter than an observatory. Simple, yet sturdy and robust, and easy on the wallet. A simple 4x4 shed on casters that rolls on a track set in the ground. I'm up and running in 5 minutes grin.gif

 

I have since added deck boards around the pier for convenience when working on the rig. 

 

 

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 06:13 PM

     Really nice & simple!


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Posted 30 August 2019 - 09:32 PM

I remember as a youngster growing up in eastern Ohio being in some similar looking buildingsblush.gif lol.gif. Sorry couldn't resist. Looks like a really simple idea that would work really well actually. See you oriented it with the big tree behind it so no problem with obstructing view in that direction since it appears it's already obstructed. Getting ready to build a pier and been agonizing over how to enclose it and something like this may just be what I'm looking for. I also have an obstructing tree due west of where my pier will be. BTW some really nice photos in you're Astrobin.


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Posted 30 August 2019 - 11:29 PM

Very nice - is it critter proof?


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 10:50 AM

I remember as a youngster growing up in eastern Ohio being in some similar looking buildingsblush.gif lol.gif. Sorry couldn't resist. Looks like a really simple idea that would work really well actually. See you oriented it with the big tree behind it so no problem with obstructing view in that direction since it appears it's already obstructed. Getting ready to build a pier and been agonizing over how to enclose it and something like this may just be what I'm looking for. I also have an obstructing tree due west of where my pier will be. BTW some really nice photos in you're Astrobin.

You have no idea how many neighbors have made the same comment, or "where's the moon on the door?". When you look at it from the road or the house, it does look odd being set at an angle to pretty much everything else, but the idea was exactly what you noticed, to roll toward the tree, the only obstruction in my yard. 



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 10:52 AM

Very nice - is it critter proof?

I'm still trying to work that out, the only opening is around the pier, and so far I haven't come up with an idea for closing that off. Would have to be something critter proof, but still needs to let the shed roll away. 



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 10:59 AM

Perhaps some plywood panels cut to fit around the pier with some steel wool stapled to the bottom so you can squish the steel wool down through the floor to fill any gaps?   Critters hate steel wool.



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 11:43 AM

Perhaps some plywood panels cut to fit around the pier with some steel wool stapled to the bottom so you can squish the steel wool down through the floor to fill any gaps?   Critters hate steel wool.

Yes that would not be fun to chew through...



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 07:46 AM

Nice simple idea. I may have to consider that. Why is it so high?

I used to live outside of Marietta. Where in SE Ohio?


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 09:54 AM

Nice simple idea. I may have to consider that. Why is it so high?

I used to live outside of Marietta. Where in SE Ohio?

It could stand to be shorter, but I liked the proportions of the higher design. I live about 10 minutes outside of Marietta. 



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:00 PM

Trying to decide the building for my new pier setup. Showed this to my wife and she thought it was pretty cool. Maybe a few tweaks and it could work fine in our situation. Will have the winter to think about it.

BTW if you jump on Rt7 and head northeast up to Jefferson County and take a left at Rayland go up the valley to Dillonvale I grew up and lived a large portion of my life on a farm near there. Will be there in a few weeks visiting. Looking forward to being there again.



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 08:22 AM

Love it! I bet that most thieves would think this was something other than an observatory and that if they opened it they would not find a telescope. In fact they might even give it a wide berth. You could play up that misperception with a cute little half-moon cut into the door! My question is, are you christening your observatory like many others do? :-)

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 04:54 PM

Very cool.



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 12:42 AM

Made this roll away for a friend a few years ago.

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 09:21 PM

Hi all,

 

  It seems that observatories are partially in the "If you have to ask how much, you can't afford it" category. Thanks for something different!

 

Clear Skies,

 

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 11:20 AM

Hi all,

 

  It seems that observatories are partially in the "If you have to ask how much, you can't afford it" category. Thanks for something different!

 

Clear Skies,

 

Paul

 

A lot of it is awfully pricey, but it's a niche market, economy of scale doesn't really figure into the observatory market.  Personally, I can't justify the kind of costs to purchase a pre-made dome, which is why I will either build my own dome or roll off.  I like builds like this, it does the basic function of keeping the elements off the scope.  Our club has an "outhouse" with a big Dob in it, it swings off on a pivot, works well.



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Posted 04 February 2020 - 11:43 PM

Bravo! like-button.jpg

 

I wouldn't cut a Moon in the door.

But I would cut one out to put on the door.

 

I friend of mine decorated his flower beds with old toilets, and planted flowers in the bowls.

 

Be careful you don't fall off the platform. undecided.gif




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