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Built a eyepiece cabinet for my Observatory.

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#1 StephenH

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Posted 12 July 2021 - 12:41 PM

I decided to build a concave eyepiece cabinet for my 10' TI observatory. I looked on the internet for pre-built cabinets that might fit and give me the room to use a laptop on as well as store my eyepieces and accessories but to no avail. Got some ideas though.

 

Given the limited room available, with the trap door and the 16" Mead LX200R taking up the bulk of the floor space, the cabinet I settled on had to fit against the curved wall of the observatory and not be too wide. The cabinet built is 12" wide with two drawers, each about 8" deep. I bowed the front panels of the drawers using clamps and screws and also glued them in place.

 

Considering I'm not a finish carpenter it came out pretty good.

 
Eyepiece Cabinet 1
Eyepiece Cabinet 2
Eyepiece Cabinet 3
Eyepiece Cabinet  4

 


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#2 fallenstarseven

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Posted 12 July 2021 - 01:20 PM

Beautiful work!



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Posted 13 July 2021 - 05:52 PM

Wow.



#4 jfgout

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 12:21 PM

Beautiful built!



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Posted 22 July 2021 - 06:19 AM

You should submit to Astronomy or SkyTel for an article submission 



#6 Jon_Doh

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 08:52 AM

Nice.



#7 SteveGR

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Posted 22 July 2021 - 12:12 PM

I decided to build a concave eyepiece cabinet for my 10' TI observatory. I looked on the internet for pre-built cabinets that might fit and give me the room to use a laptop on as well as store my eyepieces and accessories but to no avail. Got some ideas though.

 

Given the limited room available, with the trap door and the 16" Mead LX200R taking up the bulk of the floor space, the cabinet I settled on had to fit against the curved wall of the observatory and not be too wide. The cabinet built is 12" wide with two drawers, each about 8" deep. I bowed the front panels of the drawers using clamps and screws and also glued them in place.

 

Considering I'm not a finish carpenter it came out pretty good.

It looks good!  And more importantly, useful.
 



#8 SimonIRE

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Posted Yesterday, 12:41 PM

Crikey.

I posted a thread about wishing I had Woodworking skills in the off topic forum. That cabinet looks like it was made by a pro. I wish I could do this. There something about astronomy, owning an observatory and DIY that goes so well together. I’ve tried to learn new skills but with my work (dealing with this pesky pandemic), find it hard to get the time.

Congratulations on your fine creation!

Edited by SimonIRE, Yesterday, 12:43 PM.



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