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Old 23-05-2022, 07:43 PM
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and wow...that mount!! *drools*
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Old 23-05-2022, 10:30 PM
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carries 45kg on his shoulder, but still has a hand free for a selfie.....
Less than 1/3 the weight of this baby though....almost exactly 20 years ago ...aaah well, we all grow old..

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and wow...that mount!! *drools*
She's a work of art and guides like a laser

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Old 24-05-2022, 08:25 AM
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You know of course the AP1600 breaks down into 2 pieces. So the weight would be around half for each part? That was to make it more able to be handled.

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Old 24-05-2022, 08:39 AM
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You know of course the AP1600 breaks down into 2 pieces. So the weight would be around half for each part? That was to make it more able to be handled.

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Yeah but that wouldn't have been any challenge!..and would have taken longer
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Old 24-05-2022, 09:54 AM
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Yet another magnificent morning up here, also got up at 3am and there were stars everywhere, can't wait to finally be able to take advantage of this bloody magnificent sky!

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Old 25-05-2022, 05:26 PM
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Hi Michael have you had any snow up their this year Ian
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Old 26-05-2022, 12:35 AM
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Hi Mike,

Are you going to setup any automation software so you can get some sleep? I can see some severe sleep deprivation coming on if you're not
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Old 26-05-2022, 06:25 PM
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Hi Michael have you had any snow up their this year Ian
We aren't there all the time but as far as I can tell, no, not as yet, but THIS and THIS was 10 June last year...so, not long now I am sure... ...just praying it doesn't snow this coming weekend for the dome install

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Are you going to setup any automation software so you can get some sleep? I can see some severe sleep deprivation coming on if you're not
Well...that's the plan Josh I'm an automated noob though... ....I want to go back to eyeball guiding for hours
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Old 26-05-2022, 06:33 PM
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Yet another magnificent morning up here, also got up at 3am and there were stars everywhere, can't wait to finally be able to take advantage of this bloody magnificent sky!

Go get 'em Tiger - It looks wonderful up there

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Old 27-05-2022, 01:00 AM
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Well...that's the plan Josh I'm an automated noob though... ....I want to go back to eyeball guiding for hours

Lets see if you're still saying that in a years time
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Old 29-05-2022, 09:21 PM
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Well, Ta daaaaa!...fiiiiinally, there is a fully fledged domed observatory at Eagleview, complete with installed telescopes! Woohoo!

The totally amazing Sidereal Trading crew of Diego, Bill, Gavan and James, performed their magic this weekend. Battling chilly conditions, with fog and clear periods, as well as some annoying isolated drizzly rain, requiring makeshift tarps at times, they managed to efficiently install the highest Scopedome in Australia! It went without a hitch, thanks guys, you were an incredible team

Now for the commissioning and to bring it on line, still a few things to do but, after 12 months since acquiring the property, a lot of planning, coordination and five months of construction, the bulk of the work has now been done, to bring Australia's highest observatory to fruition....

Tonight is clear with no wind and the commanding outlook and glittering vista above, both from inside the dome and while out walking around the deck, was rather humbling and as always, quite breathtaking...so, I polar aligned

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Old 29-05-2022, 09:30 PM
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Old 29-05-2022, 09:44 PM
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Polar alignment, ok so what are you imaging and pushing the dome by hand, old habits.......lol
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Polar alignment, ok so what are you imaging and pushing the dome by hand, old habits.......lol
Nup, it is not slaved to the scope yet (problem downloading ASCOM AP drivers) but after 10 years of manually, opening and pushing my dome around by hand, being able to rotate, open and shut the dome shutter, with the press of a button, is pretty cool

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Old 29-05-2022, 11:06 PM
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Congratulations Mike
Your Obs looks amazing
The guys at Sidereal are fantastic
Diego was only a call away to help me sort out some minor issues with my NexDome install early last year.
I love that big kahuna of a newt, what a scope !!! Makes my new 10 Carbon fibre newt look like a midget
Glad your dream has come to reality
Now for a great winters imaging and observing up there on top of the world

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Old 29-05-2022, 11:19 PM
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Congratulations Mike
Your Obs looks amazing
The guys at Sidereal are fantastic
Diego was only a call away to help me sort out some minor issues with my NexDome install early last year.
I love that big kahuna of a newt, what a scope !!! Makes my new 10” Carbon fibre newt look like a midget
Glad your dream has come to reality
Now for a great winters imaging and observing up there on top of the world

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Thanks Martin its been quite a journey, but the finish line is in sight at last

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Old 30-05-2022, 10:00 AM
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Great stuff - congratulations Mike.
I love the hatch door with its spacecraft / ship vibe!

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Old 30-05-2022, 02:52 PM
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Very nice Looking forward to first light. I wonder if M8 is up
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Old 30-05-2022, 04:24 PM
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I have to say, Mike, that is one very, very impressive setup you have there.

For beginners like me, your setup is something we can aspire to (dream of??).

I can't wait to see the images you capture under those amazing skies.

Cheers,
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Old 30-05-2022, 06:21 PM
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Great Results Mike I am really enjoying this thread.
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