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Mobile Observatory Project




Day 1 12/10/2015 Well Ive decided to build a mobile Observatory to allow easy movement and hopefully set up on sites quicker.This Blog will record the process in the various stages of the build conversion project.


Donor vehicle is A 2004 Mercedes Benz frontline Ambulance with 200k on the clock. The engine is misfiring and preliminary checks would indicate piston trouble, as the engine is misfiring / lumpy and has excess back pressure at the oil filler cap.


First job is to remove the engine from the vehicle as sump access is not good, I will likely need to drop the sump . Hopefully there will not be any major damage to the engine bores as that will mean a replacement engine.


The conversion will take approx 6 stages to completion and a build time due to costs of around 10 months.


1/ Repair Engine unit.

2/ Install additional imobiliser,security lock upgrades and tracker system.

3/ Fit large sliding roof

4/ Fit an elevating Pier

5/ Fit a self leveling system to enable stability on site

6/ Re Enable Power supplies and safety check on electrics





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What a fantastic project, love it! I wish you the very best of luck and look forward to seeing your progress reports. By the way, is that blood on the floor??!

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An interesting approach which would get round my local byelaws.  BTW suspect your start date is out by ten months.

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Gavin, you can rest easy, that is rust dust on the floor from the bolts that were cut off by the people who removed some of the fittings before disposal, Gooseholla yes all the whistles and bells still in place in case of emergency, (will have to isolated though unfortunately)  Andy Keogh well spotted but now corrected ;)  Clear skies tonight .. and for a few by the sounds of it. :)

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Stu,have they left the stretcher floor runners in place? If so it might be possible to utilize them to allow movement of scope (field of view) maybe?



I would start saving up for a good set of adaptive optics!!!!!



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Stuart, you forgot about stage 7, sell ice cream at star parties and remote dark sites in the hills ;)

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Mike suggested adaptive optics but they are not the kind of optics I have in mind lol, Malt whisky selection will be on hand for star camp meets hic

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