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Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 1:15 pm
Yes it is now in the 100°'s for good I think. Was 110° Sunday and looks to get close to there again today. Not much more done on the Skyshed but the new Hottub showed up today and is all hooked up and running. Great for the back and muscles after working. Going to get the AC going in the shed and dig for the pier base. Kind of
to be able to dig in the air conditioned room and then go soak in the hottub
Taking my time and making sure everything is what I want and working right so there is no going back to fix or change things is a new way for me but it will be worth it in the end.
Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 10:01 am
Sounds great, and yes a hotub is nice after working hard. I finally ordered a new top for mine - after 12 years the current on weighs about 500 pounds. Can barely lift it.
Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:08 am
Dug for the pier base. I then made a 16"x 16" form for the pier and have placed so it is 12" above floor level for pier. I put the piertech2 on with the TSA120 to see how the height is. Fully extended it misses the ceiling peak by 1/2". I am going to try and open roof at night and see about locating a couple targets as is to see if the pier base height will be good or if it will need to be raised highr before I set rebar and pour the concrete.
I dug until I hit rock hard bottom in the hole. In this area it is about 13"deep. and the pier now is 12" above floor level so the pier base will be 25" deep. The bottom 6" will be 2'x 2' then the 19" high 16"x 16" form on top of the wider base. It will be done in one pour. I have 3/4" rebar that I will drive 3 more feet down in the hard ground and extend 20" up through the concrete. They will be driven in at angles to keep the pier from ever moving. I have 4"sq screen 1/4"thick to use in the concrete for strength.
And a view from the patio standing by the other pier and looking through 1/2 the yard.
Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:12 am
That is an awesome setup - makes me jealous.
Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 3:12 pm
Thanks Mike. Sometimes I wonder.......all this effort for a red/white zone.
I poured the pedestal base today. Opened the roof a bit to help it set and dry it out
Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 4:17 pm
Have the base drilled out and ready to mount the PierTech2. Trying to figure out if a 1/8" vibration gasket would help between the plate and the concrete.
Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 3:21 pm
The PierTech 2 is mounted
. 1 step closer to using it. Going to mount the CEM60 and TSA120 this weekend and check the orientation of my wooden plate adapter to see if it is right. If so I will drill the 1" thick 9 x 12" aluminum plate for the final plate adapter. There is a 1/8" thick 12 x12" anti-vibration mat between the Pier Tech 2 base and the concrete pier base.
Fully extended the corner of the top plate will poke me in the eye. I am 6' tall.
Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 7:48 am
Very cool - and the countdown begins!!
Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 7:24 pm
I have everything running and waiting for dark. Polemaster, QSI6120, Moonlight focuser, ASI290Mini for guiding, CEM60, PierTech 2. I put in a picture of M13 from last week and it skewed to the area. Still too light to platesolve but I know its working. Wires everywhere as I try to figure out the mount.
Very exciting to open the roof and raise the scope for the first time
Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 4:47 am
Oh, I love it. Nice work.
Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:14 pm
With the pier plate adapter I made I had to move it about 1" clockwise, a bit to the east, as I could not get polaris in scope. All set and ready to try again. A bit cloudy right now and backyard weather station says 110°! If it clears enough I will try and get it polar aligned.
I have the first coat of paint on inside. The color is called......"Astronomical"
Needs a second coat and then the ceiling goes on.
I need to do a couple to 3-4 nights or more of picture taking so I can see where to run the cables before finalizing the box around the mount pier and making the cable runs.
I have 4 days coming up to work on the room in the cooler, 80-90°, mornings. On the outside I have some metal support beam welding to do, some concrete pouring, and a 1/2 pallet of brick to lay around.
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:47 am
Sounds like the bulk of the work is just about done. Then comes the nights to sit back, image and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:03 pm
I am building a square around each beam of the roll off. Tomorrow morning I will open the roof fully so the beams will be were they wil be and then I will fill the squares with concrete. After the concrete sets a while I will connect the two with additional blocks and fill the middle area with some rock scraps and extra dirt I have laying around so I do not have to haul it away. I will concrete the top 4" . When it is done it will be a 32" wide by 14' long seating bench and I will have a small garden from it to the building. There is a fig tree 5' outside of it. Should look good when done.
Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:44 pm
I ended up just using 3blocks x 2blocks around the support beams. It leavs a little walkway in between the colums so If I put a little garden in I have more access to it. I used 4 bags of concrete in each one.
I used it last night for first time taking NB pic of Elephant's Trunk. I bought a router extender that is in the house and all though I read horror stories of getting them hooked up and working sometimes, I got it hooked up and working in less than 5 minutes. It allowed me to download Stellarium and I was able to copy/paste from Astrobin for plate solving. Also while imaging last night I was watching the baseball game on SlingTv through the laptop while running all the equipment and had no troubles.
Still need to work on guiding with the CEM60 mount but I took 5 min subs last night and I got 10 min subs just practicing the night before.
Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:32 pm
Well all painted on the inside.I have been using it for a couple weeks now. It is about 98% finished. Still need some trim on the outside and need to get the final floor down. I put up 7 shelves for stuff. Used the black track for the wall with black double pronged shelf supports. I got some baltic birch on sale and cut 10" shelves by 30" long. I am using it to find out best setup before finalizing steps.
I have already moved the chair/laptop from south side to east side and I got a bunch of 18" cables to go from cameras and focuser to the CEM60 panel below the scope dovetail. Then from Ioptro a 5a Power supply to plug into the mount at the polar scope that powers through the mount to below the dovetail panel.So no wires to swing around. Pretty cool set up on the CEM60 mount.
I will post a couple pics in a day or so. It is 110° outside now and I have the Observatory ac set to 86°. Working great so far.
If you look through all the pics I have posted in this thread, what do you think of "Poolside Tak-Room Observatory" or "P.T.O." for the name?
Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:30 am
Monsoon time is here. We had our first 60+ mph winds and heavy rain last night and it looks like the roof is still there doing its job
Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:55 pm
That's plus - no leaks?
Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:45 pm
None to worry about. Just a minor leak where I have not put a trim piece on yet.
Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:17 pm
Where did you get the roller system for the roof?
I will definitely get one of those elevating piers.