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#1 DENISANNA

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 10:00 PM

as anyone have thoughts about putting a motorized polyprop type dome like SkyShed Pods makes over the roof of a 20 feet sea container ? My sea can is already divided inside to isolate the weather and am working on a roll off roof idea but ain't quite sold on that idea yet !!! The idea of a dome came to me after seeing a few domes beings sold on this site!!



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 08:50 AM

My first thought is you will need a tall pier. And a stepladder to adjust the scope.
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Posted 21 October 2021 - 10:11 AM

My first thought is you will need a tall pier. And a stepladder to adjust the scope.

Or a platform that goes around the pier at the proper height.



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 02:48 PM

Or a platform that goes around the pier at the proper height.

Up periscope!



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 04:17 PM

The only issue I see and it a minor one is some containers have ribbed tops . Either a flat roof with the dome sitting on that , OR dome ring support would need to be sealed in the valleys .... a major pain .

Cutting the circle done with a torch , or plasma cutter ( ideal) would be best . 

 

Previous mention of a platform  ,  with a pier through the center , stairs to platform ,storage under platform or utilities ( heater, water tank, electrical , cabinets...  I could see it as an ideal observatory.  

 

Just my two cents . 

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 05:25 PM

My first thought is you will need a tall pier. And a stepladder to adjust the scope.

agree!!! just building a circular/square platform raised 3 feet from the floor with an internal step latter is only a wee project !!! the idea of being able to stick my head inside the dome make's it more exciting so access to the telescope/mount with a diameter of 6 feet, i think is ok, what are your thoughts ???



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 05:25 PM

Up periscope!

ramming speed Captain !!!



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 05:30 PM

The only issue I see and it a minor one is some containers have ribbed tops . Either a flat roof with the dome sitting on that , OR dome ring support would need to be sealed in the valleys .... a major pain .

Cutting the circle done with a torch , or plasma cutter ( ideal) would be best . 

 

Previous mention of a platform  ,  with a pier through the center , stairs to platform ,storage under platform or utilities ( heater, water tank, electrical , cabinets...  I could see it as an ideal observatory.  

 

Just my two cents . 

Stevegeo  

What are your thoughts on a circular mobile platform on wheels, using the edges with a tubing rail as to pull around the pier/mount/telescope ?


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Posted 21 October 2021 - 05:45 PM

The only issue I see and it a minor one is some containers have ribbed tops . Either a flat roof with the dome sitting on that , OR dome ring support would need to be sealed in the valleys .... a major pain .

Cutting the circle done with a torch , or plasma cutter ( ideal) would be best . 

 

Previous mention of a platform  ,  with a pier through the center , stairs to platform ,storage under platform or utilities ( heater, water tank, electrical , cabinets...  I could see it as an ideal observatory.  

 

Just my two cents . 

Stevegeo  

Yup!



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Posted 21 October 2021 - 05:46 PM

What are your thoughts on a circular mobile platform on wheels, using the edges with a tubing rail as to pull around the pier/mount/telescope ?

That is basically what my local observatory (Frosty Drew Observatory) in RI does. It works great.



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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:27 AM

I've read a fair amount about using containers for tiny houses, cabins, observatories.  A common thread is the roofs are not made to handle a heavy load, so bracing might be needed.  YMMV.



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Posted 23 October 2021 - 09:27 AM

They make open top shipping containers.

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 06:18 PM

Now that my pier/mount setup is in progress, i can imagine it to completion !! The idea of a rotating platform around my pier is a very realistic idea that has my endorphins flowing !!! we'll see ... The cut out hole in this can's roof is 6'x6', reinforced by 1/4" 2" angle iron welded into the outer frame, the load bearing is well designed for this exact project as long the dome's weight is within reason !! Also am waiting a bit before cutting my hole in the roof as winter is soon upon us and would like to find a used dome and modify the mounting as to cut the hole and weld a steel ring as to meet this eventual dome .

 

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