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Stage 2 completed!

The deck is finished - a two week build. Very pleased with how it turned out! I'll be leaving it and rinsing with water every few days for a couple of weeks before I apply decking oil. Apparently, Merbau leeches tannins and oils and darkens in sunlight and it's best to wait until that process completes before applying oil. I'll only be oiling outside the observatory walls too so I'll erect the observatory first. I did think of painting it but it looks way too pretty to paint!

Gene, the builder (Lomaco Constructions in Goulburn), did a great job IMO! He went out of his way to satisfy my design and rigidity requirements and his attention to detail was excellent!

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Stage 3 begins

Reassembling the 2.3m Sirius observatory. Dome halves are back together.

It was dirty before I stored it in the barn for 2 years. Now it's filthy! First I'll be pressure washing and giving it a thorough once over with a good car wash. Then I'll use a mild cutting compound followed by a polish and a ceramic wax coating.

There's lichen growing in places too. This grew while it was in use in Sydney.

I'll get it clean but it won't be a glossy as-new finish again.
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The deck is finished - a two week build. Very pleased with how it turned out! I'll be leaving it and rinsing with water every few days for a couple of weeks before I apply decking oil. Apparently, Merbau leeches tannins and oils and darkens in sunlight and it's best to wait until that process completes before applying oil. I'll only be oiling outside the observatory walls too so I'll erect the observatory first. I did think of painting it but it looks way too pretty to paint!

Gene, the builder (Lomaco Constructions in Goulburn), did a great job IMO! He went out of his way to satisfy my design and rigidity requirements and his attention to detail was excellent!

All progress pics HERE
With out a doubt, the best thing about that photo....is the standard of footwear
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Yes, clearly I'm trying to maintain amateur astronomer dress standards. No wait ... that means I shouldv'e worn sandals with socks!!
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Yes, clearly I'm trying to maintain amateur astronomer dress standards. No wait ... that means I shouldv'e worn sandals with socks!!
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That deck looks like a million dollars. Very cool.
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Definitely a look to aspire to and emulate!

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That deck looks like a million dollars. Very cool.
Thanks Marc!

Now imagining what kind of observatory I could build with a million bucks!
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