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#1 lakeorion

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:35 PM

It's a deck in the corner of a field, nothing fancy, but very functional.  Been around for 20 years, recently rebuilt with a new addtition.

 

Two buildings on the deck, one called the dog house, the other, the outhouse.

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The dog house contains a 17.5" full tube Dob.  Old school, great views.  But what I wanted to share was the ideas in the dog house (the new addition).


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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:37 PM

The outhouse contains a new club addition, a 14" Meade LX200 riding on a 12" concrete pier.

 

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:40 PM

It locks to the pier when closed via two plywood clamps.

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:41 PM

Half of each clamp slides out...

 

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:43 PM

And the house rolls away.

 

Ready for stars...

 

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With both the Dob and the Meade running it's a Star Party waiting to happen.  Can't wait to be able to invite the public.


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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:51 PM

Nice! I have been looking for minimalist solutions for a secure outdoor shelter for my C11 on CEM70. Scaling this up just a bit looks like a great way to go.

Thanks for posting with good photos.



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Posted 31 May 2021 - 02:58 PM

For reference - here's the Dob from the dog house from Observatory 1.0.  Ladder required - but awesome views.
 

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