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#1 ClownFish

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:15 PM

I moved back to New Mexico last November, and picked up some property at 6800 ft with a clear view to the horizons.  I also purchased all the vacant land to my south so no one will ever build anything to harm that view.  So two weeks ago I started the construction of the observatory.  It will have two rooms (warm and telescope) with a Nextdome elevated so I have no obstruction from the warm room.   I have a heavy iOptron CEM120 EC2 that will be mounted on a steel pier which will sit on top of a deep concrete pier.  I plan to add a C11 Edge HD, and two APOs.  The purpose is mostly for astrophotographic use.  

The pad is 22 feet x 10 feet, with deep footers down below the frost line.  The pier is 18" in diameter, and extends 6 feet below ground, and anchored within a 30" block of concrete at the bottom.  It then extends  just under 5 feet above ground.  It's not going anywhere. 

I have been wetting the concrete for the past 7 days with garden sprinklers on a timer, and it's ready to dry out now.  I have ordered the lumber and doors, and hope to start building next weekend.  

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:16 PM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:18 PM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:20 PM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:23 PM

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:48 PM

What fun !  And you are on the correct side of the Sandia's for an observatory grin.gif



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 12:59 PM

All I will ask is have you made the base bigger then you started out thinking. Things generally tend to either get bigger or as time goes on you need bigger.

 

If you wanted to add say a meter or two in width and/or length could you?



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 01:13 PM

All I will ask is have you made the base bigger then you started out thinking. Things generally tend to either get bigger or as time goes on you need bigger.

 

If you wanted to add say a meter or two in width and/or length could you?

Well, I own the land, so I can always add to it.  Right now, I have no thoughts f going bigger, and as I am 60 years old, I figure I only have 10-20 years tops of use with it - if I am lucky.  Also, I am on a fixed retirement income, so expanding beyond this $30K investment is unlikely at this point.

 



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Posted 06 July 2020 - 05:19 PM

Looks like a beautiful spot. Enjoy the dark skies of New Mexico. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of the completed observatory.

 

 

I also purchased all the vacant land to my south so no one will ever build anything to harm that view.  

I like your thinking :)

 

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 12:02 PM

Great beginning and I envy your skies. Are you relying on the power grid or do you have another source?

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 12:19 PM

Great beginning and I envy your skies. Are you relying on the power grid or do you have another source?

Michael

I will use solar power to keep three or four deep cycle marine batteries charged.  We get 320 days of sunshine a year, and my house already runs perfectly on solar power here, so I think it will be fine to put the observatory on it as well.  If I find I need more power, I can always run power from my garage to the observatory which is 100 feet away.  I already buried schedule 40 conduit from the garage and up under the concrete where it comes in the walls.  I will use that to run ethernet cables back to garage anyway.  


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