Re: [ap-gto] A "Natural" observatory


May 26, 2008

 


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#22020 May 26, 2008

I really like it... It looks like the arborvitae are nice and tight

between each which should also help with wind. Also, if you're having

a few great nights in a row it's more secured leaving it setup then

being exposed in the middle of the yard like I have to. I'm looking

to do something very similar as well and you gave me some good

ideas. Thank you for sharing. You may start a new trend of "Garden

Observatories"...



Rob

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, "Morgan Spangle" msfainc@...> wrote:

>

> My town wouldn't let me construct a small shed in my side yard to

> house my AP1200/C14 imaging rig. I set up in my driveway every good

> observing night, and broke down at the end of the night and wheeled

> everything back into the garage, taking a good 45 minutes to an hour

> total for polar alignment, setting up and taking down fabric screens

> to block the neighborhood lights - time better spent actually

> observing...so I designed a "natural observatory" and had it built

> last week. I've posted some pictures in the photos section in a

file

> named Morgan's natural observatory. It had 'first light' last night

> and other than a few human glitches (why is it getting harder to

read

> a manual at 10 p.m. after 2 glasses of wine than it used to be?),

the

> flagstone platform and the screening hedge of arborvitae worked

> great, blocking neighborhood lights and keeping curious dogwalkers

in

> the dark. No more polar aligning! (By the way, using the meridian

> delay method described in aforementioned manual, I got to within 4

> minutes of the pole in altitude and 2.5 minutes in azimuth according

> to Tpoint. I'll be working with PoleAlignMax to refine that, maybe

> tonight..). I wheel a little equipment box, and a computer setup on

a

> kitchen cart out of the garage - total setup time, ten minutes. The

> setup is wirelessly networked so I can run it from inside the house

on

> chilly nights on my Mac in the home office...I may have to give away

> my collection of toe warmers. Take a look and let me know what you

> think...

>

> Morgan

> Larchmont, NY

> 40.55.17N, 73.45.06W

>

> AP1200 GTO, C14 OTA, Borg 76ED OTA, Meade giant field tripod, SBIG

> ST2000XM camera

>

> AP600E GTO, Questar 7 OTA, Meade field tripod, JMI wheeley bars,

>



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#22024 May 27, 2008

Way to "stick it to the man" Morgan! ;-)



The only thing I would worry about is security of the equipment.



Nothing a good, big dog or motion sensors couldn't solve!



A true "green" solution. You should be proud.



Mark

On May 26, 2008, at 1:20 PM, Morgan Spangle wrote:



> My town wouldn't let me construct a small shed in my side yard to

> house my AP1200/C14 imaging rig. I set up in my driveway every good

> observing night, and broke down at the end of the night and wheeled

> everything back into the garage, taking a good 45 minutes to an hour

> total for polar alignment, setting up and taking down fabric screens

> to block the neighborhood lights - time better spent actually

> observing...so I designed a "natural observatory" and had it built

> last week. I've posted some pictures in the photos section in a file

> named Morgan's natural observatory. It had 'first light' last night

> and other than a few human glitches (why is it getting harder to read

> a manual at 10 p.m. after 2 glasses of wine than it used to be?), the

> flagstone platform and the screening hedge of arborvitae worked

> great, blocking neighborhood lights and keeping curious dogwalkers in

> the dark. No more polar aligning! (By the way, using the meridian

> delay method described in aforementioned manual, I got to within 4

> minutes of the pole in altitude and 2.5 minutes in azimuth according

> to Tpoint. I'll be working with PoleAlignMax to refine that, maybe

> tonight..). I wheel a little equipment box, and a computer setup on a

> kitchen cart out of the garage - total setup time, ten minutes. The

> setup is wirelessly networked so I can run it from inside the house on

> chilly nights on my Mac in the home office...I may have to give away

> my collection of toe warmers. Take a look and let me know what you

> think...

>

> Morgan

> Larchmont, NY

> 40.55.17N, 73.45.06W

>

> AP1200 GTO, C14 OTA, Borg 76ED OTA, Meade giant field tripod, SBIG

> ST2000XM camera

>

> AP600E GTO, Questar 7 OTA, Meade field tripod, JMI wheeley bars,

>







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