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#26 syxbach

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 08:51 PM

In the long weekend, I continued to work in our observatory. I first finished filling the gap around the pier and made a shelf for supporting additional electronic devices.

 

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 08:55 PM

Then, with the help from my friends, I finally got the internet and electricity into our observatory. Now what I left is to distributed the power and internet cable to 4 different piers.

 

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 08:52 AM

I continued to finish the wiring and the internet cable.

 

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 08:55 AM

It is almost done. I cleaned everything and now it looks really good. 

 

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 09:39 AM

Are you planning on insulation , to keep the heat OUT.  I know the Texas summers can be brutal. 

 A layer of foil based insulation  will keep a lot of radiated heat out.  ( foil out).

 

Great build.   Looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

 

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 09:59 AM

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Do you mean under the ceiling or on the side wall? 

 

Currently, I think heat is not a big problem. I worked in the day time there (these days are really hot, 100-108 degree) and felt inside was pretty cooler than outside. We will plan to install those insulation later if necessary.

 

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Are you planning on insulation , to keep the heat OUT.  I know the Texas summers can be brutal. 

 A layer of foil based insulation  will keep a lot of radiated heat out.  ( foil out).

 

Great build.   Looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

 

Stevegeo 


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Posted 22 June 2021 - 03:13 PM

I installed my equipment, and now I am waiting for a clear night to do polar alignment and start my remote imaging!

 

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 10:48 AM

After 6-month hard work, our observatory starts to operate. This is the first light of my system. I am very satisfied with the results. 

 

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 08:35 AM

Congratulations on your work! Excellent horizons there in Texas!


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Posted 15 July 2021 - 08:52 AM

I'm interested in the long term durability of that concrete pier.

 

Good work on your observatory. Enjoy the night skies! 



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Posted 16 July 2021 - 01:28 PM

Our piers were freshly poured on the pier foundation, which was a cylinder of 3 ft in diameter and at least 4 ft in depth, with a lot of rebars inside. I think this type is much more stable than the  piers, which need extra bolts.

 

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I'm interested in the long term durability of that concrete pier.

 

Good work on your observatory. Enjoy the night skies! 


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Posted 29 July 2021 - 08:46 PM

Beautiful project, well planned and executed. Beautiful site with dark skies and clear horizons. Bet you can't wait to get operational!!

 

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Posted 29 July 2021 - 10:07 PM

Amazing. I enjoyed the pictures!
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Posted 01 August 2021 - 05:13 PM

 

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Looks great!

Would you mind sharing what metal product they used for the roller system? Do you have any more pictures of the rollers? 

Looks like exactly what I need for my upcoming build. 



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Posted 01 August 2021 - 07:44 PM

Taylor 

 

I do not have these pictures in hand, because they require me to step on the ladder to get themgrin.gif. I can ask Scott from BYO. They ordered and installed everything.

 

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Looks great!

Would you mind sharing what metal product they used for the roller system? Do you have any more pictures of the rollers? 

Looks like exactly what I need for my upcoming build. 



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Posted 08 August 2021 - 01:09 PM

Finally, our 4th member's equipment finally arrived. Now 100% operation!

 

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