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#1 ssagerian

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:59 AM

Ok, so its taken a lot of patience to get this started, lots of desire, no money, two kids in college, and the spouse wants a new kitchen, luckily,  I have my health and a nice location to utilize.

I want to share this experience, share what I will learn, learn what I dont know and get her done. I ve turned down a few friends offers to fund the project (see https://www.cloudyni...ho-want-to-pay/) but decided to go at a pace that I can afford so that means for you that updates to this thread will be infrequent, so it goes.

 

So here is the first images of the site construction. This is me on the left, with my builder, Greg, We ve just finished topping off the concrete column/base.

 

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This is Greg with his two boys, mixing the concrete for the base.

 

 

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 11:02 AM

Nice location! Must be dark, I bet.


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 11:21 AM

its one of the last few sites south of Chicago that is "relatively" dark, SQM is 21.3. Probably nothing like north of Ontario?


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 12:40 PM

and the spouse wants a new kitchen, luckily,

Put her kitchen inside your observatory.  You'll have that observatory built next month.


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 12:43 PM

Once you get your pier built, consider buying a TeleGizmos 365 cover.  I've read about lots of folks here leaving their gear under those for weeks at a time without trouble.  It might make waiting for your building a little more tolerable.


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 01:07 PM

Put her kitchen inside your observatory.  You'll have that observatory built next month.

lol.gif Best post ever!, forgive me for not mentioning it to my wife


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 02:44 PM

Go for it!

Measure twice and cut once, and anticipate future needs (instruments with increased aperture)


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 04:31 PM

lol.gif Best post ever!, forgive me for not mentioning it to my wife


Just don't give her your CN password. Then she'll see my post and I'll be in trouble.
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Posted 29 October 2019 - 07:48 AM

Once you get your pier built, consider buying a TeleGizmos 365 cover.  I've read about lots of folks here leaving their gear under those for weeks at a time without trouble.  It might make waiting for your building a little more tolerable.

I'm looking into that now for myself.



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Posted 06 August 2020 - 08:45 AM

I posted a question to the forum about footings, but I probably should have posted it here.

 

Saturday, Im going to be laying out the observatory footings.

A big change is the dimensions of the observatory, originally it was planned to be a 12' x 24' ROR but I ve decided to scale it back to a 10' x 16' with 6' being a warming room.

Yes, I know, no one says I m so happy I made it smaller but for me, the way I use my scopes (mostly astrophography) , I think this will be a good size and this wont be my last observatory (unless faith intervenes), after retirement (2 more years) I will build a second one when and where I retire. Anyway, I thought I d post here for the 2 other people following this tread..back at it..

 

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 02:33 PM

Ok, so after having spent months of work and having little to show Ive finally got a good start on the OBSY..

here an image of the floor being completed. Next up is the walls, weather wrap

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 03:55 PM

Lowes offers delivery services so I was able to take advantage of that. One issue was that my site is currently classified as unimproved agricultural land (an alfalfa field), so it doesnt have a mailing or residential address. I had to give them the address of my farmer fiend next door (about a mile east of me) and meet the delivery driver and guide him the remainder of the way. They give you a range of time (window) in which they will arrive but the weather caused the driver to be about 3 hours late so we had to sit around waiting.

It was raining most of saturday so we had the delivery guy place it on some plastic sheeting, covering it and then did the work on sunday. Here we are sunday morning, saw horses, rented generator and tools, getting ready to start the day, the uncovered lumber in the foreground.

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 04:01 PM

Will be following this....looking good! 



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 09:06 AM

Hello my three (mom?) followers

So the walls are up! what a weekend, we beat the delivery truck by maybe 30 minutes.

Started building the walls but the wind was really strong and gusty, possibly over 20MHP.

We built out the east, west and south wall and called it a day.

Then we (we means me and my wife, what a gal!) returned on Sunday morning, the winds were none existent so we stood up the three walls and then proceeded to build the north wall and the warm room inner wall. All the walls are done now on to the roof! 

Dont tell my wife that we are at our budgeted amount with another 800+ to go for the roof

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 09:08 AM

Three sides up!

 

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 09:29 AM

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:31 PM

Steve

 

Congrats on getting the walls up this past weekend. The winds can be a challenge. 
 

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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:59 PM

Steve

 

Congrats on getting the walls up this past weekend. The winds can be a challenge. 
 

Dave

Dave, Thanks! I know that you KNOW how HARD this can be.

Really looking forward to getting this buttoned up and first light.

Steve


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Posted 29 September 2020 - 10:31 PM

Before leaving on sunday, i decided to stack the drywall and remaining osb inside the obs and cover it with that black plastic.

When back this afternoon to nail down some OSB sections that I missed and to generally clean up the site, there were some small pools of water on the plastic. So, I am thinking of making a temporary roof out of pvc and clear plastic, a shallow greenhouse affair. I ll wrap the exterior in tyvek and put on the temporary roof.  That should keep the rain and weather out until I get the actual roof on.

 

Poor Observatory out in the elements..

 

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 02:30 AM

You are doing a fine job, the obs looks marvelous! I'm sure it will suit it's purpose quite admirably.

 

SQM of 21.3, that's fantastic, maybe it's not quite "out in the desert" dark, but it's plenty dark for the eastern half of the US. At my imaging site it was 20.3 not to long ago, it's now 19.6 and the trend continues.

 

I started building an obs in my back yard but had to give it up because of the neighbors. You can read about the build, it's original design and the troubles I encountered.

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Happy to be Follower #4

 

Miguel   8-)

 

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 07:18 AM

Very nice build, looks like you have some good sky and horizon.   Great job, keep the pictures coming we love them here.


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Posted 02 October 2020 - 01:50 PM

Very nice build, looks like you have some good sky and horizon.   Great job, keep the pictures coming we love them here.

That's correct, we love to look at pictures here. Besides, everyone knows that if there are no pictures of it happening then it never did happen. grin.gif

 

 

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Posted 02 October 2020 - 01:58 PM

I m headed over there after work today and will be there all of tomorrow, so I ll post some pics late in the weekend.



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Posted 03 October 2020 - 09:35 PM

This weekend was not as productive as I would have liked (always true). We cut the rough openings for the exterior door and window. The first pic is the exterior (north window) looking into the warming room, you can see the interior window which will look into the scope room (still waiting to be rough cut). You can also see my neighbor harvesting his corn (grain wagon) thru the east exterior door opening.

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Posted 03 October 2020 - 09:38 PM

we also tyvek-ed the entire structure

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I am very lucky to have a wife who wants to participate..

 

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