Progress

 

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(May 29-Jun 19, 2004)

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(Jul 3-Jul 23, 2004)

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(Jul 29-Sep 4, 2004)

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(Nov 11, 2004-June 23, 2005)

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(July 28, 2008-present)

 

July 29, 2004.  The fence has been installed, with a 4' wide access opening on the far side (see below).  A gate will be added shortly.

Note that the fence was installed upside-down to give me a flat edge along the top.  As the project progresses, we will be adding trim along the bottom to even out the appearance.  (Wow, has that lawn come in since the first photo in May!)

 

August 7, 2004.  First light for Star Watcher Observatory.  The 18" is installed and ready to go.  First object: Vega, followed by M57.

Overall, the shelter works very well, and is reasonably easy to roll off and over the telescope.  Shortly, I will be adding 2"x2" beams on the deck next to the wheels to act as guides, as well as long, hold-down bolts that will tie the shelter to the deck for protection against wind.  Also still to do is adding a hinged shelf in the shelter for charts, etc., erecting the gate, and the putting trim along the bottom of the surrounding fence.

September 4, 2004.  After a few weeks off to attend conventions and the like, it was back to the observatory today.  First up, the pneumatic wheels nearest the doors were replaced with solid phenolic wheels to prevent sagging.  They work great.

The photo at right and below also show the wooden track that I installed to guide the shelter back and forth when removing it from and replacing it over the telescope.  A big improvement.

To secure the shelter to the deck when in the stowed position, two 3/8" threaded rods -- one per side -- bolt through the shelter's frame to a pair of threaded inserts installed into the tracks.
Next, a 2-foot-by-4-foot fold-up shelf was added the rear wall inside the telescope shelter, seen at right.  A pair of chains and three strap hinges hold it in place, while a hook and screw eye keep it closed when not in use.

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(July 28, 2008-present)

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