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Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:24 pm

Weather finally broke. I got a little more done on the base. Have it measured 12'x12' and a perfect square. The 4x4x16" blocks will be the base for the walls. Each block has a rebar going 2 feet deep through base concrete pavers into the ground and then concrete will fill each cell. There is a 3/4" conduit coming in through a sweep for power to be added inside the wall.

I have 16 more holes to drill through pavers, rebar put in, and then concrete time. Once that is completed the walls should go up rather quickly. I have the studs and siding ready to go.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by Doug » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:41 pm

Looking Good Rick!

Where and how is the mount base going to mounted? The individual brick floors may give a little over time and cause anything on top to move.

I'm sure you have a plan. You are very meticulous with your work.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:48 pm

When I install the four walls I will put the scope in on the Atlas mount. I will decide where I want to put the pier and then I will remove 4 squares and dig a 3ft hole and put in a steel pier like I did with the other pier on my patio. I will then replace the pavers cut out for the pier.

After the roof is on I have wood flooring to put down with underlayment.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by Doug » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:52 pm

I knew you had a plan!
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:07 pm

Ha! Ha! I have a plan. I usually just do things quickly and get them done. Hot weather stopped me on this this summer and now I want to just get it done but I am training myself to plan more carefully and take my time so it is done right. I paid for the Skyshed building plans and they will help a lot.

If I can get the base done by this weekend then I can build the walls on the ground and attach the siding and make sure they are perfectly square. Then I need to find help to hold the walls together while I get them fastened together. Then I should be able to finish most of the rest by myself. Just takes more time when your by yourself.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by h2opolo » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:35 pm

I like the chair in the corner. I know what that's for.

You sit in that chair with a cocktail in the evening and think about it finished.

The only difference between you and me is I'd have a cigar too.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:42 pm

Finally weather in the 80's so got some work done. Hired a framer from where I work to help me get the sides up. We spent about 8hrs today and got the four sides up. squared and got the door installed. I will probably run electric this week and we may do the roof next weekend or in 2 weeks. The siding is going to be cut 2" above the 4x4 you can see above the door. Once the siding is cut down I will set up a scope on a tripod and figure out the height needed for the pier.
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Post by h2opolo » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:08 pm

Nice!!!

Now all you need is a Red Stick Astro Sticker on the Front Door
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:59 pm

What I really need to do is figure out a name for the new observatory. I started drilling the holes through the studs and have the electrical boxes and wire to get it set up. I will dig the trench and run the conduit this weekend and hopefully have power ready this weekend also. I am going to run 2 circuits so I can have the scope on one and the ac and heater and whatever else on another. The rolling roof goes on Dec 10th. If all goes well.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by h2opolo » Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:42 pm

Looks like a building in New Orleans after Katrina
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:38 am

Getting all the wiring ready for when the roof goes on. I will have run two separate lines off of separate breakers from the panel. One for computer and all other scope/camera connections. And a second for anything else like lights, AC in summer to protect equipment, heater when I am out in the winter.

I am going to get the anchor bolts down tomorrow and then get the Siding all screwed in. Once siding is stabilized I can remove the braces holding everything square right now.

Then the roof. I need to get it on so I can see how high I will need the pier plate for the scope. Then do the pier.
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CEM60 out side pier

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Re: Skyshed

Post by MikeM » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:30 pm

That looks great, you’ll going to love it when done. I suspect your Astro time will increase dramatically due to easy access.
Lucky you!!!
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:55 pm

Thanks Mike. If we get to clear skies again maybe I can get some more time. I am hoping for use by mid to end of February. Still debating the roof shape.
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:27 pm

Changed my mind on the rolling system. Instead of following the Skyshed plans and using garage door rollers I am using v-track and v-roller wheels. The system is designed for outdoor rolling gates. Should go together easier and a bit cheaper than the garage door roller way.
The change may postpone for one more weekend while I await the system.
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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:10 pm

Got all the metalwork , well 98%, done. It rolls incredibly easy. I had 5 wheels for each side but ended up only using 3 per side and probably could of got away with just 2 per side. The steel beams were 3/16th 3x3 and 2x3. 12 and 13' lengths. A bi of drilling and a lot of welding. The v track just welded to the steel beams. Got about an hour of welding lef and then just woodwork for the roof. HopefuLly this Saturday!!!!
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
CEM60 out side pier

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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:56 pm

I got a couple more wood pieces attached to the top of the rolling metal frame so I can attach the wooden roof. Looks like I may be on my own to finish so it wont go as fast as a 1/2 day with a true carpenter.

BUT I do see the light at the end of the tunnel. And it should last forever.
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
CEM60 out side pier

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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:00 pm

Got everything all set to get this thing covered. I am working solo but I am going to get the roof on this weekend if it kills me!!! Lost my carpenter helper but I can do it. Pictures to follow.
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

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CEM60 out side pier

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ST80 - AT60MM Guide scopes
G3 mono - ASI290MM Mini Guide camera's

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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:21 pm

Well working solo I did not get as far as I wanted. But I am very happy with what is done so far. This week or at least this coming weekend the roof will be complete.
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ES127CF FCD100
CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
CEM60 out side pier

SV70T

QSI6120WSG-8
Astrodon LRGB
3nm Ha-OIII-SII

ST80 - AT60MM Guide scopes
G3 mono - ASI290MM Mini Guide camera's

Nikon D5200 Full Mod

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Re: Skyshed

Post by gardenfish » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:51 pm

I got the solar insulation and the plywood on the roof today. I hope to get the rolled roofing tomorrow and I need to cut the side siding down and get the siding on the roof section so they meet together. Working solo so do not know how much I will get done tomorrow.
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CEM60EC on PierTech 2 in Roll-off observatory

Takahashi TOA150
CEM60 out side pier

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Re: Skyshed

Post by MikeM » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:08 am

Coming along nicely, almost there!
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