Home Made Observatory

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Home Made Observatory

Postby asterixhb » Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:16 am

In the near future I plan to build my own observatory; having looked at various designs on the web, namely:- Roll off, traditional dome, tarpaulin(!) et al, is there anybody located in the South West, (Cornwall / W. Devon) who would be willing to let me have a look at there own facility for first hand inspiration[sm=rolleyes.gif]. Also, as I wish to progress to imaging, any advice on this subject would also be greatly appreciated. Am willing to pay appropriate amount according to advice given in the good old universal currency;- 4 pack of your choice.[:D] [image]http://forum.skyatnightmagazine.com/micons/m6.gif[/image]
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby Chanctonbury » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:06 pm

When I was looking into getting my own observatory, I had the same thought - however, I was lucky as, through a process of elimination using the Internet as a research tool, I managed to track down someone with the dome that I had in mind not too far away but it took a lot of research to find them.

I am not in your geographical area ( I wish I was though as I suspect that you have less light pollution than me! ) but you may find my experiences in installing a dome of interest. The blood sweat and tears report is here:-

[url=http://home.btconnect.com/astro-site/observatory_dome_project.htm]http://home.btconnect.com/astro-site/observatory_dome_project.htm[/url]

I hope that helps as you have not had any other replies yet!
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby gammalog » Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:16 pm

Also worth having a look among this lot:

[url=http://nineplanets.org/obs/obslist.html]http://nineplanets.org/obs/obslist.html[/url]

With regards to imaging, I would advise you to join the UK Astro Imaging Group. This is a Forum much like this one, where people both seek and give advice on all aspects on astro imaging. They are a great bunch of people, ranging from the absolute novice to very experienced imager's, who are ready and willing to offer guidance. BTW, they have a problem with their web-siet today.

I am a member myself, albeit under a different user-name.

Hope this helps.

Dave
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby asterixhb » Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:33 pm

Thanks Dave,
Unfortunately I won't be able to look either of them up (can you send me a web link to UK A.I.G. if poss?) until probably tomorrow at the earliest as I intend cooking a nice meal for my lovely wife tonight [image]http://forum.skyatnightmagazine.com/micons/m11.gif[/image]!! I only logged on to see if the forum was back up.

Kev G.
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby gammalog » Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:33 pm

Hi again Kev

The url is:

[url=http://ukastroimaging.co.uk/forums/index.php]http://ukastroimaging.co.uk/forums/index.php[/url]

Get cooking, I'm sure your lady wife enjoy your culinary efforts.

P.S. I note that the UKAI web-site is now back- up again.

Regards
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby smidge » Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:33 pm

I agree to the asro imaging.

I am new to this and find that UKAI is a very friendly forum and lots of help with astro imaging.

Great to have this site up and working again...a very big well done to all involved.

Ernie
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby asterixhb » Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:33 pm

Steve,

Thanks again for replying, I did have a look at your site a few weeks ago and found it quite inspiring. However, as I intend to move even further west in the next couple of years, I am looking more for ideas [image]http://forum.skyatnightmagazine.com/micons/m8.gif[/image] that I can implement then as opposed to actively construct now, though I am quite impressed at what you have achieved. I can only hope that mine turns out as good as yours. I might even just do it this year, who knows? A couple of years is still potentially a lot of observing time.

Kev G.
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RE: Home Made Observatory

Postby Chanctonbury » Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:03 pm

Hi Kev,

One of the reasons that I took the route I did was that one day I will retire and perhaps move - when that day comes, I can unbolt the observatory from it's concrete base and take it with me so the possibility of installing now and moving later applies although, of course, all the groundwork will have to be done again but this was time rather than a huge amount of cost.

Something to bear in mind with a dome is that it will not be ideal for wide field photography unless you can piggy-back your camera on the front of a relatively long telescope which is what I shall be trying to do in the near future! However, I love the way it excludes extranneous light and protects the system from cold winds etc. I guess everything is a compromise somewhere along the line.

Astro-photography is of course a very wide subject but there are several web-sites out there with a wealth of information on them. I wish you good luck.

Enjoy your meal!
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