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A Clean, Poorly Lit Place

Started by macdonjh, 10/18/2014 01:22PM
Posted 10/18/2014 01:22PM Opening Post
So I'm finally getting to build an observatory. As you can see, I'm not very far along. Several friends have buildings around my site.

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Posted 10/18/2014 01:25PM #1
Here's another photo, showing a bit more detail of the pier. Overall dimensions are 11' x 11'. The slab next to the main building will be an 8' x 8' observing pad for my kids or guests. Of course, I could also use it to set up one of my other scopes.

Can't wait to get the concrete finished so I can get on with carpentry.

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Posted 10/28/2014 05:18PM #2
I was finally able to pour concrete today. After a few failed attempts to meet a concrete truck on a Saturday, I finally scheduled a truck for a day when normal people work. First photo is from the same angle as the previous photos.

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Posted 02/08/2020 06:02PM #3
OK, here's an update photo a few years after my last post:

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Posted 02/08/2020 06:04PM #4
And of the inside with my new mount:

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Posted 02/08/2020 06:06PM #5
And after dark...

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Posted 02/09/2020 02:15AM #6

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Monroe GA
Posted 02/12/2020 07:48PM #7
Thank you, Greg.  I really enjoyed your 8" f/16 build thread on the other site.  I continue to be envious of the machining capabilities you have access to.  I can design most any mechanical part I want, but getting it realized is where I have trouble.