Category Archives: Astroimaging Gear

Lots has happened!

Been a while, and quite a bit has changed in the new obs. Last weekend, the interior wall was framed in, despite my best efforts!  (Measure once, cut eleven times…) This weekend, the living room became the scene of a … Continue reading

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First session on the new pier!

Huzzah! Finally had a clear night (UPS delivered 10 days of clouds along with the repaired mount last week) so took the chance to test the mount repairs, and get a first evening off the new pier. Had to make … Continue reading

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Walls, ladies and gentlemen!

Yep.  We got walls.  (And a dachshund who’s sure I’m building her a new dog house)

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And then there was floor!

Well…subflooring, anyway. 🙂

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More progress on Obs 2.0

Floor framing got started today.  Had hoped to finish it today, but life conspired against me in the form of a dishwasher needing to be replaced. Still, 1/3 or so was completed today. 🙂

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Obs 2.0 has a pier!

The pier for Obs 2.0 is poured. 🙂 There was digging. And supervising And gravel And concrete and rebar SO much concrete A half a freaking ton of concrete, one bag at a time! But alas there was a footer, … Continue reading

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Motorizing the dome

So several tests of the original plan of using a friction-wheel to spin the dome suggested that while it would “work”, it was neither reliable nor consistent. Matthias Wandel to the rescue! Using Matthias’s gear template generator I spec’d out a ring … Continue reading

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The new Astro-Physics Mach1GTO is alive!

So here she sits, atop her “permanent” home in the obs.  First slew all up. 🙂

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