My New Observatory.....I'm Under Construction!
Posted 03 November 2006 - 06:47 PM
My pier adapter plate arrived today...whew thats cutting it close. This may sound stupid but I got 3 emails from APT concerning the location of north on the plate. Each one was to correct the other. One had the tilt plate of the wedge pointing south, the last correction they have north now pointing the same direction as the tilt plate and they've got me confused. I need a little wisdom here, my brain is tired & I'm setting this thing tomorrow so.....
Question....the tilt plate of the wedge should be facing north and the flat accessories area pointing south, correct
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:09 PM
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:12 PM
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:12 PM
no its for a celestron mounted on a APT wedge
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:16 PM
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:22 PM
Would that be right
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:25 PM
trying to get this wedge pointed in the right direction.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:31 PM
Every part of the APT wedge will be on the north side of the wedge except the knob that adjusts the tilt plate. That goes south.
So as I said above, the orientation of the Pier Plate is opposite of what your N shows...
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:39 PM
I always thought the single bolt faced north, I was getting worried reading their emails, so techically speaking the tilt plate will be to the south....
Posted 03 November 2006 - 08:56 PM
Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:13 PM
Thanks for the info. They had my head spinnin'.
I don't know why they were getting everything confused. They did'nt mark the plate befor shipping it, so in the emails they wrote in the position, but something wasn't adding up to me, but hey alot of this is new to me. I knew you guys would have the answer. Now I can sleep tonight
Posted 03 November 2006 - 10:25 PM
Posted 03 November 2006 - 10:32 PM
I was getting myself all worked up. I can't have that the night before the big pour....
Posted 07 November 2006 - 10:58 AM
Well this past week has been busy. I got started on the OB platform (12x12). I got the deck footers dug and poured. They are 16in. x 3ft. deep & poured to a height of 24in. with 5000 psi concrete. I also started digging the pier footer.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:03 AM
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:07 AM
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:10 AM
In the foreground is the electrical & phone conduits. I put a subpanel with 20amp service and a GFI breaker running from the garage which is about a 75 feet away.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:13 AM
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:20 AM
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:23 AM
What a work out though. Good thing I'm still young.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:31 AM
The pier tube & BIGFOOT combined took 50 60lb. bags of 5000 psi concrete. I sorta wished I had poured some around the BIGFOOT. It says to backfill with dirt only, but I like overkill.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:35 AM
The platform is setting on 6x6 posts and the joists are all 2x10. The deck boards will be 2x6. The rebar is in and now I am setting & leveling the 16in tube form. My good friend George looks on. He thinks I'm crazy building this..
:jump:Steve, it looks great, and the location appears to be awesome.
I have to agree with your neighbor.... It does look like a *SHACK*..leanin an all......
An look at that leaky roof.......
I am so happy for you...getting the OB started.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:36 AM
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:41 AM
Yeah, dunno what to do with that darn roof, no wonder we were cold. The location is nice for sure. The garage is 75 ft away & my data lines in a separate conduit & trench will eventually come from the side closest to the deck. Its to my northeast, I can't see anything from there so the only thing its blocking is the wind. I am also going to make a remote operations room in there.....one day
Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:47 AM
I ran the electric up thru the tube to keep it nice & neat. A 20amp duplex receptacle box will mount to the front of the pier. Don't let those trees in the background fool ya.
WARNING: OBJECTS IN PICTURE ARE FARTHER THAN THEY APPEAR