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My New Observatory.....I'm Under Construction!

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#51 StarManSteve

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:08 PM

Thanks Neil,

My OB delivery is about 2 weeks out yet. I still have to run the data/network conduit under the deck, put the last 2x10 band joist on , I was one short, screw all the deck boards on and seal them before that gets here, then all the inside work needs to be done.........Hope yours is going well.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 06:44 PM

nuclear reactors.... :lol:

Funny that the average 5 year old around here knows that mine is an observatory. It's the adults that seem to be confused. The rumor going around our little community is that it is a missle silo. They seem to be ok with that. :foreheadslap:

I may place a "Got Milk" sign on the side of mine and have the local dairy re-imburse me for advertising. :lol:


Ain't that a thing... :question:

Rob ;)

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 07:53 PM

Hi Steve, I left my standard sono tube on the pier, which is what the manufacturer recommended. Since it's going to sit outside until I resume construction in the spring, I gave it a couple of coats of automotive undercoating. It's rubberized so that should help keep the tube dry and it's black- looks pretty good.
FWIW

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 08:49 PM

Rob,
What a great idea, I wouldn't of thought of using that.

Steve

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 10:50 PM

Steve,
I was wondering if you would want to get the Pour-Easy tube off your pier, you might try setting your circular saw real shallow and saw it off (much like a doctor cutting off a cast from an arm).
Just a thought.
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 11:37 PM

Gary,
Thanks for the tip. Or a air powered wizzer wheel, I thinks thats what they are called. I actually called Mayer's today & they said leave it on & dress it up however I might want.
Hmmmmmmm....some more to think about

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:06 AM

Michael: I dig your avatar. :waytogo:

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:03 AM

I wonder about leaving the cardboard form/sonotube in place... might subterranean moisture eventually wick up the cardboard, causing swelling and rot. :shrug:

I think I would try to cut it off at, or below ground level and remove the upper portion. That also allows inspection of the concrete for voids and pockets were cement didn't adequately fill between aggregate.

I remember Starhopper having a huge battle with that... I'll go look for that thread and post a link.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:19 AM

Check this thread for some experiences (with pictures) of a pier with voids in the concrete, revealed after removing the sonotube.

The whole thread (it's a long one) is very interesting as was its sequel about building the rest of the observatory.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 11:51 PM

david,

That is a long thread, I think I have carpal tunnel now :lol:
Really very interesting. A lot of information to digest for sure. Thanks for finding it...

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 07:12 AM

Steve I just finished reading the whole kitten cabutal from front to end and my hats is off to ya :goodjob:
I got me some plans on putting in a big work shop and incorpurating a observatory into the mix. I know I wont have to go thur the madness you went thur (God only knows) :thinking: :thinking:

Well from a fellow NX11inGPSXLT owner and havnt been able to use due to my current location I look forward to your First Light Report from the Eye1-Observatory. Send me a PM with your address and I get a postcard off in the mail to you. Just a great read on your postings and from all the others who chimed in.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 09:05 AM

Thanks,

That sounds like a cool project. Bet your just itchin to come back & get started. Can't wait to see the pics.
I can't wait for first light either....oh the anticipation :cool:

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:34 PM

Funny lookin telescope there.... Like the red mount, though! :roflmao:
(go way back to the first page of the thread......)

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:41 PM

:funny:

#65 StarManSteve

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 08:48 PM

What telescope......... :smirk:
The red mount is cool though :cool:

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:09 PM

:rofl2: Is that the new 20" Mixmaster Obsession I have heard about? Looks like a easily moved scope for it's size.

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 10:50 PM

:rofl2: Is that the new 20" Mixmaster Obsession I have heard about? Looks like a easily moved scope for it's size.


Get some Concrete views with that one. Rock solid mount... Manufactured in Portland! :)

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:44 PM

But its one of a kind :lol:

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 11:56 PM

Unfortunatley all the reviews say it's clear as mud. ;)

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:09 AM

you could say its polar aligned, it's pointing towards true north anyways....
It also dices ,slices & makes julienne fries.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:41 PM

Well the rain has been a pain.
But today I got all the 2x6 deck boards screwed down, stubbed the electric & telephone conduit up thru the decking, installed the 20 amp GFI breaker in the panel box & got one coat of sealer on the deck boards. I also laid out & drilled all the conduit holes & cut the plywood subfloor that will go inside the OB which I'll put in later. Now I just need that darn OB.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:43 PM

Here's another

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 07:58 PM

Looks good.

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 07:21 PM

Oh, its not going anywhere. He's just not into astronomy. He's not one of us......I don't think that came out right :lol:

Steve


Shoulda told him it was a *Potting* shed, or a hobby shop, or well house, or a nuclear reactor, or........

Rob(people who aren't *into* astronomy luv nuclear reactors) :roflmao:


Actually, this might work as Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant is not far away :grin:

Great lookin project Steve...anxious to see pics of the complete observatory. I'm not familiar with the Bigfoot system...looked like a septic tank at first glance but I understand the physics behind it.

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 07:33 PM

Pat,
Thanks. I'm sort of at a stand still since I'm still awaiting the OB arrival. I'm trying to decide on a flooring choice. Its going to be laminate with a moisture barrier substrate, or rubber flooring. I'm leaning towards the rubber flooring, although its pricey. I've used the rubber flooring before in the barn.
The BIGFOOT is the best footer system out there I think.


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