Now that I'm getting older I have decided to make a permanent home for my telescope. As having to lug my heavy Meade 10" Schmit Newtonian out side every time I use it is not going to get any easier in the future.
So here I'll be blogging all the trials, tribulations, successes and failures (of which there will be many I'm sure) of building an astronomical observatory from scratch.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The shuttering is now at the correct size for the observatory foundations, 2.7x2.7M and the central hole for the pier is at the right depth, so pleased that I didn't find any service pipes which was what I had feared.
I struggled to find a steel lintel the right size locally so I improvised adapted and overcame by dismantling the rotary washing line and used the central pipe as the lintel. Don't tell the wife!
Friday, February 24, 2012
And now the end is near!
Now I STUMPED, my new toy just isn't quite man enough to get through this gert big stump. I don't care though as the offending root has gone so I can now get on with ground work.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The wife had a phone call to day to say the shed will be delivered tomorrow. 28 day it said on the website only been 13! I very impressed with the service but I aint ready for it for one the bloody apple tree is still there and I've not ordered the cement and Ballast yet. Time to Isywizzy let get bizzy me thinks!!!
As promised my flatpack Observatory arrived today 24-02-2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
As you can see my measurement were correct a perfect fit, will just need a large washer now to clamp mount to the brake disc. Next job though is to get the grinder out a clear the disc up and make it nice and shiny.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
After breakfast this morn' I doned on my overalls ready for another morning of digging out the foundations, but it was just to darn cold out there so I decided to retire indoors to do a little more planning. Well as I said previously that my design might change today I went back to the drawing board and planned the whole observatory to the millimeter and made a few changes along the way.
Firstly I've planned the foundations on the correct sizes of the shed I've ordered, and incorporated a central pier and mounting plate, (more about the pier latter)
Next was to work out the internal area and space to allow for optimum operating and storage. You can see central pier I'm planning on more clearly in this blueprint, which came from an article in the sky at night magazine in 2010, just new it would come in handy one day. As I will be building the pier at the same time as the foundations the whole area of the foundations will be part of the piers' foundation and therefor should make for a very stable mount.
Here is the article from The Sky at night Magazine:
the next item on the agenda was to plan the base plate for my LXD 55 mount to attach to. This meant dismantling my mount and tripod and taking accurate measurements of mounts fixings. Like so;
As I was drawing this it suddenly hit me that this looked like some thing familiar, and something I work with everyday as a mechanic. Can you tell what it is yet??? No well let me give you a clue, take a BRAKE and look at the next illustration.
The braking surface of the disc will make a nice sized shelf for storing eyepieces and other items too just as an added bonus. I should be able to get hold of and old disc from work which when cleaned up will be fine and will cost nothing, worst case would be having to pay £40 for a pair of discs.
Next was to work out the optimum height for the pier and mount which was not to tasking a I use the approximate height of the of the tripod and mount assembly and aloud for the extra 43.5mm of the brake disc and the distance of mounting bolts.
The final step(or what I thought) was just to ensure that the over all height including the scope would allow for the roof to close. (still in two minds on the roof folding or roll off)
WHALLA! all is good, or is it?once I finished all this I had a terrible thought. Will I be able to see Polaris through my polar scope to align the mount to the polar axis? I knew the apex of the shed does not face due north but more NNE but the eave could just be to high. Back to the drawing board again to be sure.