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Old 01-03-2010, 11:26 PM
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Domes are pretty

Construction sequence at: http://www.pbase.com/gailmarc/observatory

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Old 02-03-2010, 03:36 PM
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Tempest Observatory

A copy of Marcus', David's and JohnG's observatories.
First light - a storm/downpour in SE Qld.
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:39 AM
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Well here is mine, the whole thing rolls away.

Leon
Hi Leon. I like the idea of the layer of tarp across the roof proper. Thermal insulation?
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:20 PM
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Rocky Peak Observatory: structure designed and built for me by Brett (Bert on IIS).

3.6m x 5m on 100mm concrete slab. Welded steel with Colorbond cladding. 'Bubble foil' insulation in roof only.

Steel piers. The big one (for Mewlon 250) is isolated from slab on concrete footing approximately 0.45m diameter x 1.8m deep.

Roof halves operated by inverted garage door closers. Works perfectly!

Plenty of painting and learning still to do inside.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:39 PM
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I never got to use it, but it was mine for a few years.
4.2mt in diameter. Originally built by Gordon Jones, then it was donated to the Sunshine Coast Astronomical Society (i think) then was used by Glenn Lang who in turn, passed it on to me.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:32 PM
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There is some nice looking observatories in here
Yeah but im still in dream land for now
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Old 10-03-2010, 02:09 AM
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My little roll up roof observatory

I needed to setup my Meade 14"LX200R permanently as it was not getting used much because of the effort required to get the thing set up for an observing session and the danger of damaging the scope when carrying it around

I had very little space to work with and the missus insisted that it end up not looking like a tin hut or some outhouse.

I got one of those plastic sheds and replaced the roof with an aluminium roller-shutter door.


Waterproofing was done with adhesive PVC sheeting used on outdoor signboards.

It works like a bomb and is totally maintenance free as there's no timber to treat every year and no steel to rust.
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Old 13-03-2010, 06:31 PM
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New observatory

Here are a few pictures of my observatory. I just have to put a few finishing touches on it and it's done. I should have it finished tomorrow.

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Old 08-04-2010, 11:54 AM
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is small.....is good

Under $5oo and works well...........What more do you want ? WHO SAID PLENTY ?.............Similar to stitch and glue method,fiberglass finish,suits my F5.3 mak-newt and 4" triplet..............waterproof ? FOREVER.................Stick it on the corner of your existing shed [experienced almost cyclonic conditions,not a drop inside] MDF base,3 layers of chop strand mat[cost of mat and resin $200,tube ring 30mm $100,,,,,mdf plus all other material $70.. 7 feet in diameter,but easy enough to make them any size,just a little bit of extra cost.........................Whats the other $130 for?......to fit it onto your existing shed............................... .......MAC
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:22 PM
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Wink ROR 10' x 11'

Inside of My Roll of Roof Obs
Luckily survived the 05' 06' Bushfires Flames came within 10mt.
Gets some severe visual use all year round by locals and OS visitors to the Grampians region.

Should get the latest Atik 314 L+ Cam for some serious study on the quiet Dark nights
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Old 23-09-2010, 06:44 PM
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Completed Dome!

Hi All,
Recently completed installation of a 2.3m Sirius Home Dome in the back garden. The dome came with a pier, Takahashi EM200B mount and Takahashi TS225 plus a number of accessories. The installation took three weekends with the help of a builder with footing and floor. I will need to give the dome exterior a good clean as it is not as nice and bright as others in this thread.
I live in a rather windy town, Wellington NZ, and have a strap I run over the top as extra security in high winds. Is there any way of adding additional "hold downs' to this type of dome.
Cheers
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Old 15-09-2011, 10:02 AM
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Here is my old observatory. It is now a storage shed with the dome removed. I built it in 2000 and removed the dome 2009 when I needed to down size. While it was up it housed 1st a LX200 10". Later a LX200GPS 12". It served the purpose admirably with a permantly aligned polar wedge.

Construction details http://barry.sarcasmogerdes.com/obse...s/Obsvatry.doc
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Old 25-10-2011, 07:38 PM
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Temple of Everlasting Tinkering...

For those who have strict planning guidelines set by their wife, this is what can happen…



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Old 25-10-2011, 10:02 PM
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very nice Steve
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Old 25-10-2011, 11:52 PM
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Yep Steve, have to agree that is very impressive indeed.

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Old 26-10-2011, 12:45 AM
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I don't have this one any more (the weather finally killed it), but in its time it was the smallest known Roll-Off-Roof Observatory in the world.

It was 1200mm x 1200mm and 1200mm high.
It easily accommodated my EQ6 mount and ED80

A pic of the inside and here is a 'You Tube animation' of my son Aaron opening it up when he was only 11 years old.

and here is the original thread about it: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...ad.php?t=18115
inside: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/a...chmentid=29301
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Old 26-10-2011, 10:42 PM
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Thanks Jen and Leon for the nice comments.

Cheers
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:23 PM
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hey Steve has your wife had any input of the inside too i would love to see some inside pics thanks
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:31 PM
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Tso2

Based on a 8' x 6' Argos tin shed. Now three years old and relocated to Belgium. Does the job very well. Teamviewer remote control from the warm office.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:37 PM
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Slowly slowly - It's all useable and I'm up to 6 minutes without trails.
If only I could see a star for more than six minutes
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