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Re: [MeadeUncensored] Re: observatory Idea (Good or Bad) Pier height question?

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  • John Mahony
    There s also a huge list of links to (mostly home-built) amateur observatories at tons of good ideas there. -John
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 1, 2011
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      There's also a huge list of links to (mostly home-built) amateur observatories at
      tons of good ideas there.


      ----- Original Message -----
      > From: hilary15xx <hilaryyahoo3@...>
      > To: Meade-Uncensored@yahoogroups.com
      > Cc:
      > Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:49 AM
      > Subject: [MeadeUncensored] Re: observatory Idea (Good or Bad) Pier height question?
      > Hi Jerry,
      > If you haven't already found them, there are a couple of Yahoo groups that
      > are dedicated to observatories.  You can find them at:
      > - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Roll_Off_Roof/
      > - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Observatories/
      > When I was building my observatory, I laid some tar paper on the ground to
      > outline where I thought the observatory would go, then put the scope in the
      > middle.  That helped me decide how much room I needed to work comfortably
      > without bumping the scope.  If you will actually be inside the observatory, I
      > think you will find that 6' square isn't big enough.  But some people
      > just build boxes around the scope and work outside, in which case 6' square
      > would be more than enough.
      > You can see pictures of my construction project at
      > - http://www.darklights.org/observatory/index.html
      > Take care,
      > Hilary
      > --- In Meade-Uncensored@yahoogroups.com, "Jerry Scavezze"
      > <jscavezze@...> wrote:
      >> Hi, I'm new to the forum and am thinking of an observatory for my newly
      > acquired
      >> used Meade 10" lx-200. While I can move it in and out by myself,
      > I'm 61 and it's
      >> not much fun. I'm thinking of a 2x4 side wall box about 5' tall
      > mounted on a
      >> concrete pad and either use tripod or build a pier for the mount.and using
      > a hot
      >> tub/spa cover for the lid. They are generally insulated, hinged in center,
      > easy
      >> to remove, and some have a hanger system which can be mounted onto wall, so
      >> cover would just slip into holder and flip down against the wall when open.
      > I
      >> have looked and searched the internet and have found many solutions to back
      > yard
      >> observatories, but have not seen one quite like I'm anticipating. Any
      > thoughts
      >> or known issues. Is this a completely brain dead idea? Has it been done?
      > Any
      >> Suggestion for interior dimensions. I'm thinking 6' square, too
      > small? Any
      >> Suggestions for pier height (I'm 5'10" and shrinking? Meade
      > 10" on Super Wedge.
      >> Thanks
      >> in advance, Jerry
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