Re: [MeadeUncensored] Re: observatory Idea (Good or Bad) Pier height question?
- There's also a huge list of links to (mostly home-built) amateur observatories at
tons of good ideas there.
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> From: hilary15xx <hilaryyahoo3@...>
> To: Meade-Uncensored@yahoogroups.com
> 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,
> --- 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
>> 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,
>> 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.
>> have looked and searched the internet and have found many solutions to back
>> observatories, but have not seen one quite like I'm anticipating. Any
>> or known issues. Is this a completely brain dead idea? Has it been done?
>> 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.
>> in advance, Jerry
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