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Mark Cislo
post Jun 12 2007, 06:19 PM
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Hi All

Finally got caught up on some things around the house.

I started to finish the inside. I have the roof of the warm room roof insulated. I'll take pics as progress goes on.
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Richard B. Drumm
post Jun 13 2007, 08:34 PM
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Nice to hear from ya again, Mark!
Yes, pictures! You know we love them photo thingies!
Your build is still one of the gold standards 'round here!
Rich
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Mark Cislo
post Jun 14 2007, 10:24 AM
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Hi Rich

Sorry I've been away. I had a lot of family issues to take care of.

I'll start more pics ASAP. I've also been in contact with Dan. I'm considering his new track and gear for the rotation. I already have a motor/gear drive and he said he can drill the hole and key way to whatever diameter I need.

I'm also almost done with my own version of dome control software; not sure if I'm going to use it yet though. I want to make it generic if possible and have it track the position of the scope tube regardless of the tubes declination. It will only move the dome when the scope either moves a pre-determined amount or through the use of some type of position sensors.
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post Jul 28 2007, 02:35 PM
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Mark ,and other buiders . Being in the construction/restoration business I am always looking for the "foolproof" way to do something. I have been using a sealer product by DAP,i think, and it is called "SIDEWINDER" . It is the ABSOLUTE best I have ever used. It can be put on in the rain !! I installed my Boyd dome with it and of course before it got a chance to setup the dew fell hard on it that evening/night. That stuff wasn't touched by the water.If you are a see it for myself person,buy a tube,stick it on something,spray it with the hose and let it cure. UNFORTUNATELY,Home Depot is the only one carrying it that I am aware of. You use mineral spirits to clean it up,ITS FABULOUS !!!!!!!!! BY THE WAY MARK , FANTASTIC JOB YOU HAVE DONE !!!! Wayne
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Mark Cislo
post Jul 29 2007, 03:33 PM
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Thanks Wayne! And thanks for the tip. I'll check this stuff out smile.gif
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post Dec 7 2007, 11:27 AM
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Mark,


What did you for a door between the OBS and the warming room? I assume that I will end up fabricating something. I was just curious to see what your solution was.

Thanks,

Dave
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Mark Cislo
post Feb 21 2008, 07:13 PM
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HI ALL!

I know it's been a while. SORRY.

But I'm back. Been so busy with work and family the only update for the entire last year was installing the ceiling in the warm room.

I plan on finishing the inside this year, more pics to follow.

I have my drive and controller for the dome rotation; still need to order the dual chain. Does anyone still have the link for this?

Dave; so far I have not made anything up for the opening yet; but there will be.

Best Regards

Mark
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post May 11 2008, 02:40 PM
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Hi Mark,

Finally got my website up and running www.HollyDome.com

I'm going to build a carbon copy of yours for the most part, except I'm going to use a lean to roof for the observer side, out from under the dome transition.

I'll build the dome side a little higher and the obs side a little lower, to get some better pitch to the roof.

Was wondering something.....I'm using the Celestron CPC 1100 11" and just bought the Celestron HD wedge and adjuster ripoff option. Was looking for your thoughts on the HD mount, since nobody seems to have a good opinion of it. Did you modify the original wedge in any way to stiffen her?

Thanks for all of the photos, details etc. I'll have to add you to the "Thank You" page on my site.

We broke ground already, but 2 to 3 days of intermittent rain have managed to mess up my plans for the pour.

Take a look at www.HollyDome.com

See ya,

Matt
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post Aug 13 2008, 04:35 PM
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Hi Mark:

I'm planning on setting up a mount structure much like you have with the two parallel aluminum plates. Wondering how well this structure has worked for you? Thanks,

Rich Lohman
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post Aug 13 2008, 05:39 PM
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Hi Rich...you may want to send Mark a PM....Not sure how often he checks in anymore. A PM should go to his his home email address.

Steve
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Mark Cislo
post Aug 11 2010, 06:57 PM
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Hi All

It's been a while again. Had problems with work and with the ol-ticker.
Work is still not to good by my health has improved.

Plan on spending more time here. I still need to finsih the interior.

Also plan on getting serious with photography. Just picked both the Orion Planetary Imager and Autoguider and the Star Shoot Pro Color CCD cameras.

Reports on finishing the interior to follow.

BR

Mark

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post Aug 11 2010, 09:03 PM
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Hi Mark....

Good to hear the health issues are clearing up. Does not make any difference with the other stuff, poor health always makes anything else bad or worse.

Be sure to post your images, it will be fun to watch your progression as you learn the fine art of CCD imaging.

Welcome back, by the way.

Steve
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Casey Thrower
post Jul 29 2012, 12:19 AM
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What happened to this project?
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