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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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