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Old 03-10-2020, 04:31 PM
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Container Observatory Build.

Yesterday was the day i finally got off my butt and had a container delivered to build my obs in.
Currently im stuck taking up a bay in the garage with my mount set up as close as humanly possible to the door to maximise the tiny patch of sky i can see.
Ive decided to use a shipping container with either a dome or roll off on top.
Im a bit loathe to do a roll off however.
It arrived yesterday, and i had it jacked up and level by bedtime.
Today i cut the floor out above a strategically located hole for the concrete pier. With 5 min to go cutting, my angle grinder met its maker so it was off to bunnings to get it replaced. bugger!
anyways i managed to mix all the concrete by hand, and get the hole filled. Im using 6 inch stormwater pipe filled with concrete to get me up to the required height.
The dome will be made from a surplus fibreglass microwave link dome.
ill need to cut a hole for a flapper door and mount it to a ring somehow. but i like a challenge.
here are some pics of the first days progress.
there will be an elevated floor for the back 3m around the pier. and a comfy lounge to work from up the other end..
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Old 04-10-2020, 01:13 PM
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Good stuff Steve, I had never thought of using a Container for that job, look at the space you will have.
Looking forward to progress.

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Old 04-10-2020, 01:33 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 04-10-2020, 02:10 PM
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I wish I had thought of such a good idea , security and should manage a bush fire..maybe next year.
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Old 04-10-2020, 02:49 PM
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Thanks guys. Yes Alex, it would be the ticket up there in the bush. Be easy to get it modified for purpose then delivered to site.
They only deliver with a tilt tray truck here so I had to dig the hole for the pier and wait till it was in-situ before I could install pier. Bit backward but that’s the way it is.
Still need to cut out the roof, a door and a couple of windows.
Also cladding the outside with colourbond to match the shed. I’ll screw it to some top-hat so I have a 2 inch air gap between. Same goes on roof.
Should keep the temps down significantly.
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Excellent stuff Steve
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Old 15-10-2020, 03:21 PM
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Bit more progress. Today I got the scope room floor in. Welded up a frame and whacked some thick board down. I will Lino the floor once Iíve got the hole cut in the roof.
Need to sort out my dome before I go too much further.
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Great stuff... but a tip leave the lino until all is finished..I regret putting down my "final" floor covering as it is subject to ongoing work which I just did not think about..so I have blobs of foam to remove, cement and some paint..not only is it getting knocked around but now needs serious cleaning.
Keep the progress going...remember there is always something that you can do and you would not believe how ten minutes here and there adds up..just things like getting tools in position, cleaning, measuring and most important just sitting looking and thinking.
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Old 15-10-2020, 07:41 PM
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Yes Alex your right, I was gonna leave Lino till last. I need to plasma cut the roof out for dome yet. Day off tomorrow , hopefully I can get the dome half sorted.
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Bit more progress. Got a lot of framing done on the inside a few weeks back. Still needs more but I ran out of timber and we had 125mm of rain over the last week which put a halt to work.
Finally picked up my fibreglass dome and now have it home to figure out how Iím going to mount it.
Itíll need a bit of reinforcement inside and a few repairs to the fibreglass.
There is a spare I have access to if I need.
Start my new job in a few weeks so would like to have this mounted and a hole cut in the roof by then.
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Maybe this will help...
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Old 06-11-2020, 04:22 PM
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Thanks mate. Gives me food for thought.
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So after a struggle I managed to get the dome up by myself and rotating.
Tomorrow Iíll finalise the bolting down of ring and sealing. Might even get the hole cut out in the roof.
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So after a struggle I managed to get the dome up by myself and rotating.
Tomorrow Iíll finalise the bolting down of ring and sealing. Might even get the hole cut out in the roof.
Itís looking terrific mate! But how the heck did you get that up there by yourself - yikes?!
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Old 22-11-2020, 06:23 AM
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Took some skill and dare to get it up there. A lot more dare Iíd say.


Things are progressing well. Got the roof cut out yesterday, almost at the peril of the pier but all good.

Actually looks like progress now when inside.
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