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Update: 10' TI observatory interior completed

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#1 StephenH

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 05:20 PM

I've finally completed my the interior of my 10' TI observatory. It's taken quite awhile to complete due to costs and finding the right materials for what I had in mind.

 

I posted the original structural build here: https://www.cloudyni...10-ti-pro-dome/

 

Since that post I've installed the electrical, walls, painting, staining and carpet. I also built a concave eyepiece cabinet to fit against the observatory wall. 

 

Post for concave Eyepiece cabinet can be found here: https://www.cloudyni...my-observatory/

 

Since I last posted this build I was at the point of installing the 16" Mead LX200R. None of the interior had be completed and the observatory was basically just roughed out. I've was able to try out the scope a few times over the summer but weather has been unforgiving and very humid.

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16" Meade Forks
 
16" Meade 200R
 
One of the more difficult issues to resolve was how to wrap wood around the interior walls. The solution I found is a product called "Pole Wrap", used to wrap lolly columns in finished basements. They come made in a variety of wood and even MDF. I chose oak as I wanted a stained finish. You can purchase 4'x8' sheets and cut them to size. In my case 32" tall along the wall.  Expensive but easy to install and look great. I installed a 6" PVC trim, painted black, along the top of the wall to tie into the dome support wall.
Pole wrap for interior wall with outlet cutout
 
Pole Wrap used for interior wall
 
I also installed the pole wrap around the pier.
Pole Wrap around pier

 

To install the stairway wall I already had some bead board and utilized a template made of poster board to cut and fit the board to the steps. Her the template is in place.You can also see the notches cut out along the trap door support edge to support the door's bracing.
Poster board used as template to cut paneling

 

I wanted a storage area under the floor so I cut out a doorway and can also access the electrical panel.

Storage door cutout to access electrical under flooring
 
I stained the walls and stairs and applied polyurethane for a nice glossy look.
Stairway stained
 
Electrical access panel stained
 
stairway
 
Installed a black rug - here's the trap door.
Trap door
 
I also had a light rope installed with a dimmer. The light rope is hidden behind a aluminum reverse flange that fits over the domes own reverse flange. This also hides the dome wheels. The light rope can be dimmed down to the point of barely noticeable, just enough to illuminate the edge. If you need light just turn it up!
Nighttime light-rope lights under reverse flange
 
Finally I have the observatory I been contemplating for years. Now if only the weather would cooperate!
Scope in Dome
 
Finished exterior
 
Clear sky's to all!
 
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#2 rockethead26

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 05:38 PM

Classy interior! Well done.



#3 bsturges

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 06:09 PM

Beautiful- a dream come true.



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Posted 31 August 2021 - 06:29 PM

Wonderful! Congratulations on an awesome observatory. I hope it brings you many clear nights!

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 09:06 PM

Wow, very nice work. That certainly is a dream observatory! Many clear skies to you!

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Posted 31 August 2021 - 09:09 PM

Just beautiful.  Congratulations!



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Posted 31 August 2021 - 09:16 PM

Very impressive



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Posted 01 September 2021 - 08:59 AM

Beautiful,  is this the "pole-wrap" you referred to https://polewrap.com/  ?

 

Where did you buy it or did you have to mail order it?


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Posted 01 September 2021 - 09:05 AM

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#10 StephenH

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Posted 01 September 2021 - 12:06 PM

Beautiful,  is this the "pole-wrap" you referred to https://polewrap.com/  ?

 

Where did you buy it or did you have to mail order it?

Yes. I got it at Home Depot.

They sell 4' x 8' sheets (rolls). Run around $140 each. Worked beautify. I had to install strips of PVC (3" x 1/2" x 12') horizontally along the walls (like ribs) so that the pole wrap didn't waver between the wall studs. Then just glued it in place with liquid nail.   


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