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Started by brucesdad13, 03/03/2015 07:59AM
Posted 03/03/2015 07:59AM Opening Post
I thought it might be fun to share three photos of my current homeless observatory or should I say Observatoryless Home? The snow has forced me to setup in the front yard just off the path. I haven't noticed much issue from the street lights and cars. But I'm not very discerning at this stage. It takes me a million years and almost getting frostbite to get aligned and calibrated. I'm still slow at all this and make many mistakes. Last night it took me an hour to realize my tripod wasn't even close to level. I must have looked at the bubble level from a weird angle.

I cleared some additional snow away this weekend after finding myself in the snow bank trying to align with stars in the west.

~ Charlie

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~ Charlie Stevenson

8" f/5.7 String Telescope - 1st Scope Build; 2nd Place Stellafane 2016 Optical Award for Newtonians 12.5" and Smaller
10" f/4.5 Newtonian (June 2015) mirror refigured by Optic Wave Labs P-V WaveFront 1/14.24, Strehl Ratio 0.993 (Aug '15)
Criterion RV-6 seems to be circa 1973 (June 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron C8-A XLT (January 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ (Christmas 2014)
Aldrich Astronomical Society member since 2015
http://astro.charleskelleystevenson.com/
Posted 03/03/2015 07:59AM #1
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~ Charlie Stevenson

8" f/5.7 String Telescope - 1st Scope Build; 2nd Place Stellafane 2016 Optical Award for Newtonians 12.5" and Smaller
10" f/4.5 Newtonian (June 2015) mirror refigured by Optic Wave Labs P-V WaveFront 1/14.24, Strehl Ratio 0.993 (Aug '15)
Criterion RV-6 seems to be circa 1973 (June 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron C8-A XLT (January 2015) [For Sale]
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ (Christmas 2014)
Aldrich Astronomical Society member since 2015
http://astro.charleskelleystevenson.com/
Posted 03/04/2015 11:10AM | Edited 03/04/2015 11:12AM #2
Charles,

Your home observatory looks very similar to mine, except that I don't have snow on my floor. Once the snow melts, you may find it useful to find a slightly different location that has concrete and drill some dents in the concrete that you can set the tips of your tripod legs in. That way you'll set up the same way every time and can be polar aligned, too. Probably not good enough for photography, but certainly good enough for visual.
Posted 03/04/2015 12:06PM #3
Very Nice, Charles. We had some melting today here in SE, CT, but a bit more of "something" expected tonight. I have a cement pier in the back yard, but haven't risked bringing any equipment out on the ice in many weeks. You're a brave guy taking all that nice equipment out in this frigid mess.

George