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Old 20-05-2018, 10:27 PM
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Talking JEN'S DREAM R.O.R. OBS - finally becoming a reality

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Woohoo yes dreams can come true if you want them bad enough
I have spent many years in the these observatory threads cursing and admiring all you lucky buggers and I kept saying im going to have my very own observatory one day. And guess what that day has finally come

For those who know me in here (if not then why the hell not hahahaha) know all the blood, sweat and tears and many temper tantrums that I had to go through to get this far has been no easy task. Being in a country town no one wanted to look outside the box and take responsibility of doing a roll off roof for me, but two years ago I finally found someone that would yayy, but we have only one civil engineer in town (who is an absolute @#"*) gave me hell to draw my plans up for me which dragged on well over a year, I finally gave up with him and found an engineer in Shepparton who had them completed and in my hands within 3 weeks woohoo
So a month in now, so far I have a concrete slab & wall & roof frame completed Yes things don't happen quickly in country towns but things are finally happening.
Its totally overly engineered but it most certainly wont blow over anytime soon hahahaha..... I cant wait till its finished
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Size: 5.5meters x 7.9meters
Placement for two piers and a visual scope or two and plenty of room for a fridge to keep those UDL cans cool hehehehe

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Old 20-05-2018, 11:07 PM
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Wow, congratulations! Wish I could fit something like that in our inner-suburban townhouse!
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Old 20-05-2018, 11:21 PM
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Hey Jen,

Next camp is in your observatory ...... it’s big enough 😄

Congrats, I know you’ve been through the ringer getting this far.

Shortly there will be no more Ensuite tents in the backyard

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Old 20-05-2018, 11:22 PM
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i am in awe and with twin piers you should be an imaging dynamo
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Old 20-05-2018, 11:22 PM
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I'm happy for you Jen

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Old 21-05-2018, 12:26 AM
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I like looking at construction photos, and yours is looking good so far Jen. Can you tell me the specs of the RHS you have used to make the roof? It looks solid, and heavy. Are you automating the roof, or using muscle power? Thanks
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Old 21-05-2018, 01:04 AM
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Thanks guys its getting pretty exciting now Lol Paul astro camps at Jens house for sure hehehe
Allan here are some plans of the roof if that helps, yes it will be motorized, I'm just not sure which way to go with that yet, just to shut the council up and tell them little as possible it will be manual to begin with

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Old 21-05-2018, 01:08 AM
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I picked up my two piers on Friday they have been nicely powder coated, they came out great coming from some old water pipes

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oops I have no idea why they have come out sideways grrrr
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Old 21-05-2018, 10:55 AM
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Very nice. Will make us using your telescope gear so much easier. You will enjoy setting the observatory up too. Mark
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Old 21-05-2018, 12:32 PM
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How good is that ....coming on nicely

Fixed photo for you and I get 3 months free use of the ORB.

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Old 21-05-2018, 12:42 PM
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How good is that ....coming on nicely

Fixed photo for you and I get 3 months free use of the ORB.

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Hahaha thanks buddy
As long as it's clear the roof will always be open 😈😈
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Old 21-05-2018, 03:13 PM
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Jen wants? Jen gets!!

Congratulations Jen! I'm back in Oz for good in September - will I be in time for the grand opening?
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Old 21-05-2018, 05:44 PM
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Thanks for the drawings and specs Jen. I’m doing my roof very similarly, just not quite so “over engineered” as you say.
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Old 21-05-2018, 06:12 PM
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Look great Jen, is the roof going to be motorised, or mandraulic?
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Old 21-05-2018, 06:59 PM
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Congratulations Jen! I'm back in Oz for good in September - will I be in time for the grand opening?
Aww awesome Eric you will be back in time for the snake valley Astro camp hehehe...
Hopefully my obs will be ready way before September 😱 Do you still have your beautiful SDM I fell in love with that scope 😍😍
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Old 21-05-2018, 07:00 PM
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Thanks for the drawings and specs Jen. I’m doing my roof very similarly, just not quite so “over engineered” as you say.
cool Allan I will look forward to watching your progress too 🤗🤗
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Old 21-05-2018, 07:01 PM
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Look great Jen, is the roof going to be motorised, or mandraulic?
Yes John it will be motorised, 😍😜 there is no way I could move that on my own 😱
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Old 21-05-2018, 08:26 PM
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Wow Jen that is just brilliant, you will never leave home again, congratulations.
All good things come to those who wait, and ask, and beg, and, and , and, you get the picture.

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Congratulations Jen.
Hope completion happens soon.
Keep the photos coming.
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Old 22-05-2018, 03:53 AM
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Thanks Alex and Leon 🤗🤗
No works were done today 😬
I think the crane is booked in to lift the roof up on Friday 😱
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