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April 12, 2008 08:48 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Need info for concrete scope pads

Posted By Paul Gustafson

I'm tangentially involved in the planning of the fourth of four observatories across the US that will be used primarily for education. The third, to some extent, but primarily the fourth will be used for real science as well as education, articles to be published in the Astrophysical Journal, and will have full remote capability with broadband at the observatory. The observatory is under construction, scope, dome and mount already here in storage.

My task is to find plans for a concrete scope pad that will be near the observatory to give club members a place to set up. It should be large enough for 6 to 8 scopes with power to all, hopefully two or three locations with piers (looking at Le Seur AstroPiers, same as in the observatories). Anyone have any experience or could point me in a productive direction? We don't know if it would be more economical or more functional to have a large rectangular pad, something like a boat pier with smaller pads off a central walkway, hexagonal or circular pads interconnected, just don't know. We'd like to keep the cost down, concrete is being done by a commercial concrete company, but it's more important to do it right.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Paul Gustafson

June 8, 2008 09:10 AM Forum: Insects - Flowers and Other Small Stuff - Photos

Furry little guy

Posted By Paul Gustafson

Looks like he got into a bottle of Rogaine.

June 14, 2008 08:31 PM Forum: Insects - Flowers and Other Small Stuff - Photos

June 16, 2008 07:14 PM Forum: Insects - Flowers and Other Small Stuff - Photos

More bugs

Posted By Paul Gustafson

I went out today and shot a few with the Canon 100mm macro and my new 40D. Seemed a little soft but I was hand-holding on a windy day, but this little guy was about 1/16 inch long...

December 23, 2008 07:01 AM Forum: Sports

Golf story

Posted By Paul Gustafson

http://tinyurl.com/7rpawr

Stranger than fiction.

March 20, 2009 08:55 AM Forum: Meteorites & Meteors

Zagami

Posted By Paul Gustafson

I just picked up some very nice specimens. This is a 3.8 g specimen of the Martian meteorite Zagami, 2.7cm along the longest axis, with fusion crust on the edge.

March 20, 2009 02:15 PM Forum: Meteorites & Meteors

Toluca

Posted By Paul Gustafson

3.4 pound full slice.

March 20, 2009 02:16 PM Forum: Meteorites & Meteors

Diablo Canyon

Posted By Paul Gustafson

7 pound specimen.

March 20, 2009 02:17 PM Forum: Meteorites & Meteors

March 20, 2009 02:18 PM Forum: Meteorites & Meteors

Etter

Posted By Paul Gustafson

662 g full slice.