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Old 31-05-2022, 05:49 PM
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Lonely Spoon Observatory

Hi all,
Below is the link to the Wix site that has my observatory project on it:

https://homemadeplans5.wixsite.com/lsobservatory

I've been working on the observatory for about 4 years now, since first shovel of dirt. It is my own design- take note of how the gores go compared to traditional domes. A much simpler construction.

There is still a lot to be done to clean it up: finalising the dome control, a few leaks, interior fit-out finishing, etc.

There are images later than the ones on site, showing some changes.

Let me know what you think. I'm happy to answer any questions, too.

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Old 31-05-2022, 05:59 PM
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Wow that is interesting!. The dome ribs are reversed to the way one would expect (and what I did), clever. And designing in 3D software 1st, as I found makes life much easier. Well done
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That's very impressive! A very clever design you came up with, I like it a lot.

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Old 01-06-2022, 10:17 AM
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Thanks Astroviking, Bassnut,

As I say on my site, the orientation of the ribs greatly simplifies construction and assembly. Pretty much only 2 major measurements.

By starting at 3m, I've created a design that scales DOWN easily, too.
Love your images, too, Fred.

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Old 01-06-2022, 10:26 AM
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I enjoyed looking through your site and all the photos. Congratulations on the setup and look forward to seeing it in full swing!
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Old 01-06-2022, 10:50 AM
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Yeah all looks fabulous Neville, love seeing the variations in an observatory solution, always interesting and gives others ideas, nice looking location and cool website too

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Old 02-06-2022, 10:42 AM
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Thanks Mike, David,
My daughter blames all this east coast weather on me publishing the site...
She reckons I'm a rain god.

If so, my apologies to everyone!
Neville
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Old 05-06-2022, 09:27 AM
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Nice spoon!

That is a great project should be awesome when you are up and running. I like the website you created.
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Old 05-06-2022, 04:33 PM
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Thanks Peter.
Every day sees something else to be done, of course!
Keeps me busy in retirement, anyway.
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Old 07-06-2022, 10:56 AM
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this is fantastic

A clamshell dome on a "normal" building base is my ideal observatory. if you fancy monetising this in future, you could be onto something.
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Old 07-06-2022, 11:07 AM
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Very clever. I like the orientation of the segments.
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Old 07-06-2022, 03:04 PM
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this is fantastic

A clamshell dome on a "normal" building base is my ideal observatory. if you fancy monetising this in future, you could be onto something.
Thanks, but better to donate the concept to the community!

(I'd consider asking for a donation for a copy of the detailed construction booklet I'm developing if people are interested though)
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