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Keeping mount and other gear in OB during hot Texas summer

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#1 WhitenerJ

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Posted 21 May 2024 - 10:21 AM

I have a rubbermaid storage shed I use as an observatory in my backyard. Temps right now inside the shed are around 110 F when it's 90 F outside. I am keeping my mount, Redcat refractor, ASI camera, etc out in the shed at the moment. I have a telegizmo cover that I thought about covering the mount with and leaving the roof open on my shed. Would it be better to leave the roof open when temps get over 100 F outside and put the mount, scope, and camera under the cover or would it be better to leave the shed closed and the cover off? I have a fan blowing inside the shed right now to see if it even makes a difference. Thanks



#2 Dynan

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Posted 21 May 2024 - 10:27 AM

Maybe use some flexible ducting and attach at the apex of your obs. Pull the hotest air OUT. And pull air in from a shaded side of the obs. I've used this in southern MS and it helped tons...kept the scope and all down to below 90°F when the yard was reading 137°F in direct sunlight.

 

Gear gets too hot under a direct cover.

 

If you can leave the obs open a crack and have the gear and cover in shade, that would work too.



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Posted 21 May 2024 - 10:45 AM

A Pop Up Canopy Tent over the obs will reduce the temps and allow for airflow..



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Posted 21 May 2024 - 03:50 PM

If you have power then a small roll around air conditioner could work. You can program a safe temperature and never have to worry about your equipment getting fried. Also, rigid foam insulation can be applied to the inside of the shed. It's pretty easy to cut and can be glued in place with building adhesive.  Good luck! borg.gif

 

https://www.amazon.c...s_ts-doa-p_2_11.


Edited by sevenofnine, 21 May 2024 - 03:55 PM.

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