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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 8 2006, 09:22 PM
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Today it was a great day...the heat was 110F and thank god my brother came with a crew to help me out...I sort of skipped work :oops: but it was worth it :wink:

Let me start by showing you how the frame looked with the roof piece on...believe it or not, now this structure weights like shown350-400 pounds.





We than moved the whole structure to the shade and closer to its permanent location. We then reenforced the flooring structure .



To tie down the wood structure to the metal I used some welded angles to make it virtually unseparable.



After finishing this we started to put the gypsium board. This material is really cool , easy to install and also very resistant to the weather.





I got the red lighting idea from the beautiful observatory of Alan. It looks awesome and I recommend it :wink:



After finishing todays work my brother said that this observatory looks like a the lunar lander on a shoestring budget laugh.gif

If the observatory project doesnt come through...I guess Mexico has its 1st Lunar candidate here laugh.gif



Well I hope this photo diary helps as much as your has helped me...Thanks guys biggrin.gif

PS: To my brother....GRACIAS
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post Aug 9 2006, 06:27 AM
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That is sooooooo cool, Gustavo!
It looks like you'll have some late afternoon shade at the site to help with cooling things down prior to observing, excellent!
Nice progress, nice observatory. Now if only there was a dome to cap it off with! Maybe you should send an email to Dan with a picture of the dome-less building, and tell him you need one soon!
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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 9 2006, 07:09 AM
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Thanks Rich,

I have a west shade after 5:00 PM. Since I have a mountain on my west the palm tree is no obstruction. I seldom image at less than 30 degrees west.

I urgently need the dome since I had a huge storm yesterday and the wood is getting one way or another expose to the elements.

I hope Dan delivers :roll:
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post Aug 9 2006, 07:26 AM
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I'm sure Dan will deliver!! And when he does, you'll end up with the "second" best looking observatory on North America!! (Second only to mine... :roll: )
All kidding aside...it IS looking very "mucho gooood-O". [<- sad attempt at Mexican/Spanish]
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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 9 2006, 08:33 AM
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I just read Dan's bad news about the mold (mr. Dome) sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif


I was planning to pick up the dome in Arizona in the nex 10 days....I even had asked for my vacations so I could accommodate the pick up.

It looks like in the best case scenario it will be 2 more weeks :shock:

http://www.xosmos.com/foro/viewtopic.php?t=162&start=30
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post Aug 9 2006, 10:25 AM
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Your project is coming along very well! great photos also! I really liked the one with the original Observatorio Las Palmas in the background.
Hope you have good news about your dome very soon!
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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 9 2006, 05:01 PM
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Andy,

Very soon we both will have the DIY domes (Still my baby) and our ED based Observatory...

Have you started on yours?
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post Aug 9 2006, 05:23 PM
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Hola Gustavo,

How high are the walls from the floor to the wooden roof ?

saludos Rainer
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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 9 2006, 05:30 PM
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48"...

Once inside on the dome opening I am quite comfortable...Its just the enterance the tricky part...
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post Aug 10 2006, 12:31 PM
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Ok..Few changes over the past 24 hrs.

Mostly was electric and the stucko finish on my sidings:

I applied an insulation material between the interior and exterior walls, I know this will add thermal mass to the system, but Ill have an AC unit 1 hr prior imaging and I have at least 1 hr shade on my west side prior sunset...that should do it.



Here I was preparing the interior & exterior walls...







Here in this one I wanted to have a solid spot on the corners



My Hotair extractor is in the corner...its a small 60cfm unit, that would mean that at (10x10x4)+(134)=534 ft3, so roughly in 9 min I will recycle all the air in the observatory.



I later added a white light to be dimmed also independently.


Ok, so here is where we stand today....the domeless observatory sad.gif



I hope to finish some more esthetics during the weekend :wink:
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post Aug 10 2006, 12:51 PM
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THERE AIN'T NO GRASS GROWING UNDER YOUR FEET!!!!! Nice work....
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post Aug 10 2006, 01:29 PM
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I hope mine goes together that quickly when I finally get going. Nice work. How tall is your door?
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post Aug 10 2006, 01:40 PM
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Wow.. That first interior pic... Without the bucket in it for scale, I'd swear it was a normal sized room, like your living room! Couldn't tell it was only 4 feet tall! smile.gif

Nice work!
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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 10 2006, 02:18 PM
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QUOTE(Ron Walker)
I hope mine goes together that quickly when I finally get going. Nice work. How tall is your door?



Its about 36" its quite small, but its wide so a C14 can feel welcome biggrin.gif
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post Aug 10 2006, 03:11 PM
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The nice thing about an observitory is that your not going in and out a lot during each session. laugh.gif

Now with all those outlets you can put in a small fridge and microwave :twisted: All the comforts of home, so to speak.

Now I'm really torn between an eight foot square and a ten foot square bottom. My inclination has always been to a eight foot one as I have four corners (a bit small I do admit) to put computers etc. in. The extra space does sound nice, but knowing me as I do, they will just fill up with excess junk. 8)

Perhaps the thing to do is add an extra side room later for odds and ends.
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post Aug 10 2006, 03:45 PM
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Well, the fridge will create heat waves...so its out of the question for such a small space :?

4'ft is still quite uncomfortable to spend any time in it...I plan to just have everything to image and get out as fast as possible inside my house which will have my couch and a laptop as a control room via WiFi biggrin.gif
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post Aug 10 2006, 05:39 PM
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Gustavo:
The new observatory is looking sweet! You've moved quickly and have every reason to be proud.

Is your plan to move this observatory to a remote site? Do you have a forklift to get it onto a truck?

I still haven't figured out what the heck I'm doing... Dome first, I guess.
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post Aug 10 2006, 07:19 PM
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Very nice progress Gustavo! Your really moving quick!
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Gustavo Pohls
post Aug 10 2006, 07:27 PM
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Thanks guys, Yes Ill move it maybe in a year or so to a remote hopefully secure part. Meanwhile Ill image here and use it for widefield imaging on a tak scope.

This thing weights about 1 ton so mobility is not its forte anymore laugh.gif

I am so put off by the ED delay...My wood and interior boards are getting humid everyday with our rainy season. I never thought the delay would come from the USA instead of Mexico :cry:
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post Aug 12 2006, 09:43 AM
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Well, I just post the newest pictures with the interior painted black and the exterior white....

The Observatory seems sad with all those plastic covers and no dome :oops:









I dont recommend the color black for the interior, all though it would help the observatory cool faster it gets dirty very fast....Nothing like white
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