Category Archives: Dome Project

Dome Ring v1.1 Is Alive!

Changes described in lats night’s post are complete, and the first test has been conducted.  Rotation is much smoother, and exhibits < 0.125″ lateral movement.

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Dome Ring V 1.1

Wasn’t real happy with the dome ring as it was in the previous post.  It “worked”, but had 2 issues : The inside surface of the ring, which rides against the “retaining posts” wasn’t as smooth as it should have … Continue reading

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The dome ring is mobile!

The dome ring is complete, and up on its rollers. 🙂  

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Dome progress

Bought myself a handy little Makita hand-held router, and rigged it up under a board as a “router table”.  This, with a flush trim bit and a hardwood template, allowed me to knock out the first 8 dome ring sections … Continue reading

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Dome V 0.2

The fiberglass “kit” dome idea has come and gone.  Further research revealed an existing company making a similarly sized dome for about the same cost as I has hoping to sell my kit.  While that dome (and, frankly, company) have … Continue reading

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Some drawings of the new observatory

Wouldn’t say the design is “complete”, but I think the basic idea is fleshed out at this point.

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More plug progress

With a bit of spare time throughout the week, the plug has started to take shape.  Most of the “rough shaping” is done now, and it’s within a zip code or so of being round. This weekend will see be … Continue reading

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Plug is coming along

Some progress on the plug for the dome section mold. Last weekend saw the completion of the ply framework : The next step began this weekend, as I began inserting and shaping foram in the plug framework, to begin building … Continue reading

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Time for a dome

Recent decisions by multiple neighbors to A) install extremely bright, un-shielded lamps of various sorts (deck lights, “security” floods, etc) and B) decline (and in one case respond rather negatively to) polite requests to modify their lighting use and/or arrangements, … Continue reading

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