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About Taliesin

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  1. I have for sale my custom observatory with dome, automation components and pier which is an unfinished project. Please read below for details but I will provide more detailed information for interested parties. The observatory itself is approximately 10x8 feet (3.6mx2.4m) and approx 6' (1.8m) high (not including height of dome which is another 1.2m) with 22m T&G pine cladding with 4x2 and 2x2 timber used for the structure. The fibreglass dome is approx 8 foot in diameter with a dual opening for the shutter. A lower hatch that comes away and a larger sliding shutter. The dome is mounted with wheels that sits on a steel ring which is mounted on a 2" thick octagonal plywood structure. There is also an internal ridge on the dome where the automation mechanism which comprises of a timing belt track and 2 wiper motors with timing pulleys can be attached. (The timing belt track, pulleys and wiper motors that were used on the dome by the previous owner will be included which will allow manual automation. I will also include some of the components to build the DIY custom lesvedome automation system (see www.dppobservatory.net) which I bought with a view to do soon after completing the observatory. This will require at least basic knowledge of circuitry but isn't too taxing and there is a lot of online support from the developer of the system as well as it’s dedicated forum. The software would need to be purchased and costs 50 Euros (not included). The whole structure has been in situ for around 2 years but due to work and other personal commitments I haven't been able to finish it and now due to health won’t be able to. Now for the 'Project' part... The dome itself is weathered and requires repairs on the outside, bottom and internal edges. This would include using wood hardener to harden exposed wood that has blown, then sanding down the whole structure and applying a single layer of fibreglass to the outside and internal edges. The rest of the observatory could do with a bit of tidying structurally. The cladding could do with a sanding before refitting. There is a partially completed suspended chipboard T&G floor which was done very recently and the remaining sheets to finish the rest of the floor plus some additional cladding and timber pieces will be included. The flat part of the roof could do with replacing by relaying some timber sheets and heavy duty shed roofing felt. Finally included in the price will be a solid metal pier which weighs 60kg and is very sturdy! Configured to hold an EQ6 but can be easily adapted to hold other mounts using adapter plates (not included). As you can see this isn’t a quick remove refit and requires some work which for anyone with DIY and basic fibreglass laying skills would not have a problem and would make light work of it. However once completed you would have a good sized automated observatory for a third of the price of a new commercial one (taking into account extra material required to repair) with a lot more space. I was going to split the Obsy into 8x8 as the main observatory with the rest partitioned as a warm room holding the electronics, heating and light. The whole thing will require dismantling and transporting in a Luton (3.5t) van ideally with a tail lift. I will help with the dismantling but would require 1-2 people and would take the best part of a day. I have put a photo of the whole observatory but will provide additional photos of each section on request for those interested in buying. The observatory would be collected South East Birmingham. I'm looking at £1000 for the whole lot which includes the observatory, dome, pier, 2 wiper motors, pulleys, timing belt track, most of the PC automation components. For more information and to discuss further please call me on 07957 114 168 or message me here. Thanks for looking.
  2. Thanks all, this is provisionally sold now, however if it doesn't work out will post further here.
  3. I am unable to make Kelling next week and so have my pitch available for sale. I am gutted but can't help it due to unforeseen circumstances. The pitch is in the Blue Butterfly area. The confirmation email will be sent to you upon payment. Paid £42, Looking for £35 (I'll cover the PayPal fees). PM me if interested and I can give you my number to discuss further on the phone. Haz
  4. Taliesin

    SGL XI Chit Chat

    It was a pleasure for me, Shabbir and Minhaal to meet so many people, get so much advice, help and tips! It really was an awesome event! A massive thank you to Grant, Daz and all the organisers of the event and all those who gave me their advice on my dob. A special thanks to Nick (Cotterless45) for your notes, the book and all the advice! A special thanks to Daz for the tutorial! I hope to give it a go very soon! Hoping to make the next SGL event and to see you all again! Thanks again!
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    SGLXI Welcome Packs

    Thank you Grant! The timing is just right for us!
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    SGLXI Welcome Packs

    Thanks Grant. Sorry if this has already been asked but what time can we arrive and setup on the booked arrival day?
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    SGL XI Chit Chat

    Sorry to hear of your loss Alan, thoughts are with you and your family. Haz
  8. Taliesin

    Anyone going to astrofest today?

    Hi, I'm going, will be there within the hour. I'm going to the first session conference then wondering around the exhibition till about 3 before I have head back.
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    Jupiter of December 10, 2015.

    Great image! Lots of detail Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    It's Been A While

    Hi Craig Welcome back and good to see you are on the mend! Stay positive and keep looking ahead! Good luck!
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    Another newbie

    Hi and welcome Roseholme, This forum should help you get all the information you need
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    Late hello from northern Sweden :)

    Hi and welcome to SGL NL, seems like you have good skies near you! If only they were like that here.
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    IC1805 HST

    Very nice image Ian!

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