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Observatory Plans

Observatory Plans

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Observatory Plans

Weathers been a bit rubbish lately, but it’s given me time to think about the observatory.

I’ve got the dome sitting on the lawn which I’ve given a good clean, it just needs a coat of paint.

The base part that the dome sits on needs to be built and so does the concrete pad the telescope sits on, so I turned to the computer to make a plan…

Here are the plans…

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My skills as a handy man are almost non existent, and I’ve never concreted before. But that’s ok, I’ll somehow figure it out.

I’ll probably need a hand putting the dome on, and the concreting for the pad, but I’ll cross those bridges when I get to them.

My neighbor was kind enough to find a post-hole digger for me, so I’ve made some holes. Not sure if they are perfectly aligned, but I’ll try and get some beams into position tonight, so I can concrete in the 4 main posts.

I’ll post some pics if I manage it!

Oh, and on a different topic, I went to the Auckland Astronomical Society meeting yesterday at the Stardome Observatory, and listened to Stu Parker describe his supernova discovery process. It was an awesome presentation and talk. I’m really feeling inspired now to get all this up and running and start doing some cool stuff. He’s contributed to science quite a bit and worked with professionals from around the world, I’d love to be able to do that. He’s done really well considering his main profession is dairy farming!

It’s looking quite nice out, so I might be able to do some observing tonight if its clear…

Kirk out.

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