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Its a Pulsar 2.2m dome Jammy, and no i havent automated it yet as i am purely visual and casual CCD so not needed..........yet :p

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That is awesome!!

#jealous!

Did you design from scratch, or modify the shed to attach the dome extension?

Either way, it's flippin' great!!

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Thanks Daz, yer i totally designed it from scratch. I sketched it up and tried to think of all possible problems but i have to admit i did have to alter a couple of things as i went but it came out pretty much how i hoped. Thanks for the kind words :D

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What a very clever and attractive design! Makes the dome seem much less obtrusive and just looks really comfortable to be in. Well done.

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I have to say, when the time comes to build my own observatory, I'll come back to your design for inspiration. How's your sky, BTW? 

I guess intrusive light from the neighbours won't be a problem when inside the dome. Already shielded :) 

 

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JOC

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What a totally fabulous building - it's like a little house.  I'm totally in awe. Your DIY skills in many areas must be incredible - are you a carpenter or similar by trade?  It looks the most wonderful observatory and I hope you are justifiably proud of what you have made

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2 hours ago, emadmoussa said:

How's your sky, BTW? 

I guess intrusive light from the neighbours won't be a problem when inside the dome. Already shielded :) 

 

Hi there, thanks again for the lovely comments, all of you. Its truly appreciated.

To be honest my surroundings are quite unique to being in the middle of a village in the sense that apart from my north view with a few rear faced houses with no lights i am completed surrounded by bungalows which are all just out of site from the domes lowest opening. Very lucky, but also one of the reasons i decided to go ahead and build it. My only bug bear is in this pic directly behind it which is facing WNW i am blessed with a BP chemical plant so not ideal :p but neither really an issues as i can pick my season for south viewing objects. ?

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2 hours ago, JOC said:

What a totally fabulous building - it's like a little house.

lol Thank you JOC it is my little house, mainly a dog house hahaha in the sense that its where i have to go when the wifey is at me :D its not really a terrible place but i dont tell her that ;) wink wink, in fact i find myself being naughty for no reason ?

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Gotta tell you I absolutely love what you've done here.  I was considering something similar with a roll off roof design but this is making me think that I might invest in a dome instead...

Very nicely done.

So is the concrete base of the pier also sunk in the ground or did you just pour a block on top of something firm?

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21 minutes ago, x6gas said:

So is the concrete base of the pier also sunk in the ground or did you just pour a block on top of something firm?

Hi there, many thanks for the big up :D

The short answer is yes, because i built the ground up for the dome area, the what was lawn at that level was super hard and stable and had been for 7 years since the previous owner turfed it so i basically just made a shutter frame, levelled it and filled it with concrete. If under its own weight in the future there is any settling i can re plumb the metal pier easily with spacer washers, something i will check as the years go by :) 

Just for info, the finished block ended up just short of a meter in height with a base area 800x800 and a top area of 700x700 ?

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barkis

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.That's one Classy setup Lee. Must give you a Buzz every tiime you go  do your observing In there. The saying goes if you want to do something, then do it right.   You certainly did this right.

Well done matey. ☺️?

Ron.

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This is an amazing obs. Virtually professional grade I'd say.

I really like the colour of the outer walls. Might nick that when I build my less salubrious one later this year.

Really fabulous.

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7 hours ago, Moonshane said:

I really like the colour of the outer walls. Might nick that when I build my less salubrious one later this year.

Thanks Ron and Moonshane. ✊?

Just in case you do go for this colour it's Cuprinol's garden shades urban slate if I remember ??

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