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#1 CarolG

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 10:20 AM

This is my third observatory build.  In 2008 I built an Exploradome observatory.  I enjoyed the dome, but when I moved  and wanted another observatory, I was lucky to have Backyard Observarories with Scott and company build my ROR in 2017 (build #249).  Now jump ahead 4 years, and I have moved again.

I wanted another ROR and Scott at BYO agreed to build another one for me (build #320).  This latest build has been over a year in planning.  With Covid and the housing boom here in NW Montana, trying to get anyone lined up for the prep work has been difficult.  But finally after many months, the concrete slab for my 16' x 20' observatory is complete, the electric conduit run from my house to the observatory is done, although getting the electricians out here to hook up the electricity is a month out.  This project has been a test of patience, but I know it will be worth it.

 

So this past Wednesday Scott, Diane, and Bob arrived to start the actual build.  It is amazing to watch them work. Their work is truly art in motion. Anyway, here are a few pics showing the build in progress.  I will continue to post pictures as the project progresses.

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 10:39 AM

I have the highest admiration and professional respect for the skills, honesty, professionalism, and sheer determined will to keep promises, achieve the desired result, and deliver exactly what was planned, with many extra touches and detail, that Diane and Scott put into every build. My own "Serenity Observatory" was their 265th build for Backyard Observatories Inc.


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#3 CarolG

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 11:30 AM

You are absolutely right about Scott and Diane. They are truly an amazing couple! And their work is the best. It is well worth the wait. When you see the final product, you can understand why they are so busy!


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Posted 11 September 2021 - 11:44 AM

Looking good Carol!

 

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Posted 11 September 2021 - 12:08 PM

Thanks, Lee. I am so excited that this dream is finally becoming reality!


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Posted 12 September 2021 - 09:06 AM

A lot of progress after only two days!

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 09:17 AM

Progress continues!  Their work is truly amazing.

 

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 10:53 AM

It's been awhile since I posted anything.  BYO finished the build a couple of weeks ago, and I have been busy painting the outside before the cold weather arrives.  The outside is done, and I have been working on the inside getting it ready to start bringing in the equipment.  I am still waiting on the electrical work to be completed.  This entire project has been an exercise in patience.  It took almost a year to finally get the electrical conduit installed, almost 3 months to have the concrete slab poured, and now it looks like it may be several weeks to get the electricity to the building.  I have read other posts here about frustrations regarding contractors.  That is true here.  Between the weather and contractors being so busy, it has been a challenge to get the project completed, but having had two other observatories, I know the wait will be worth it.  Here are a couple pictures of the outside.  I will post pictures of the inside when I get a little more done. The only "problem" encountered so far was the piers.  I intended to isolate them, but when Scott got ready to pour the concrete for the pier bases, he hit bedrock about a foot down.  He decided that to isolate the piers at such a shallow depth might create a rocking motion, so he poured the 2 bases touching the slab and anchored to the bedrock.

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Posted 06 October 2021 - 11:53 AM

Congrats Carol! Looks beautiful.



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Posted 07 October 2021 - 06:05 AM

Congratulations looks like a dream OBS!



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Posted 07 October 2021 - 09:45 AM

Thanks, Chris and Mike.  It is a dream come true, and it wouldn't have happened without Backyard Observatories.  Thank you Scott, Diane, and Bob!

 

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Posted 08 October 2021 - 01:24 PM

Awesome location and observatory!

 

 

Scott and Diane are great, and I considered them to be another set of parents for me!



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Posted 09 October 2021 - 09:17 AM

Thank you, Zach!  It is a beautiful location, but it does have its challenges.   Getting the electrical conduit to the observatory, for example, was a challenge.  Fortunately the excavators were able to chip deep enough through the bedrock to lay conduit.  They were prepared to set charges and blast it out. 

 

Yes, Scott and Diane are wonderful people, and I feel lucky to have been able to spend some time with them.



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Posted 14 October 2021 - 07:00 PM

That's awesome.

Sidebar - nice view from up there!!



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Posted 16 October 2021 - 10:09 AM

Thanks so much, Benschop!!  I took a week off from working on the observatory. All I have done is hang this little piece of art up on the outside wall. As I get more done on the inside and the equipment set up, I will post pictures.  The electrician did come out and run the wiring to the observatory ( a month wait on them).  Now the electric company will come out to set the meter and run the wiring to the transformer ( a 2-3 week wait on that).  This entire project has been an exercise in patience, but I know it will be worth it.

 

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Posted 17 October 2021 - 08:44 AM

Fine choices on the artwork and the outside lamp.

 

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Posted 17 October 2021 - 09:32 AM

Thank you, Dan!



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Posted 17 October 2021 - 03:46 PM

May I ask what the number 320 refers to?

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 07:59 AM

May I ask what the number 320 refers to?

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Backyard Observatories build # 320.



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 10:45 AM

That is right!  It is their 320th observatory build.



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 12:42 PM

Did BYO poor that large concrete pad for you too? Or did you have that done beforehand? Looks great!



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 03:02 PM

Yikes that's bigger than my first apartment! Envy.



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 03:59 PM

I had a local concrete contractor do the pour.  If I remember correctly, BYO will build a wood deck flooring, but they do not do concrete floors.



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Posted 31 October 2021 - 09:17 AM

I have been busy completing the inside and outside work so I can start moving my equipment in. The electric company was out last week hooking up the electricity, so now I finally have power.  I did get the carpet installed and the piers in place.  We have had some heavy rain, so I will have to wait for it to dry out before I can start moving in the mounts, scopes, etc.  With the help of my sons, we did get my Pier Tech piers installed.  The smaller one in front is an older Pier Tech 3, and the larger one in the back is the new model Pier Tech 3 that I bought for this observatory.  I will post more pictures when I make a little more progress.

 

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Posted 31 October 2021 - 12:08 PM

Very nice and very close to what I am planning for a New Mexico Site.

 

Carpet in an observatory? First time I've seen that. 

 

I was wondering if putting the ceiling over the warm room first, complicates placing the trusses. 

 

Is the roof motorized? 

 

More pictures, please!




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