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  1. Astrokev

    Graeme's ROR - a build with added features

    From the OP it sounds like Build is nearly finished we're playing catch up! looking forward to seeing more pictures
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    It's strange that something as innocuous as water can be so horrid sometimes!
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Not much progress the last few days due to Christmas prep and weather, but I did manage to paint the door baton, which is looking very festive on my dining table! Just need a decent day to attach it to the door now. I was in the observatory last night trying to image comet Wirtanen, and was reminded that I still need to put up some guttering. The rain was dripping off the roof onto my DSLR lenses.
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Haha Thanks, but the build isn't there yet - lots still to do
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Thanks Gina. I was going to put bits of insulation fabric in the gap, and then put those rubber tiles down. More important things to do first though, like finish the door and get some locks for the ROR. now that I've got some kit in there, I suppose security should come first!
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Meanwhile, back to the build …... I had other plans for today (thought I'd better start doing stuff for Christmas!), but thought I'd just tidy up the building site. So, five minutes tidying turned into more than a few hours …… Cut the remaining pieces of ply to fit around the pillar, which now looks a lot neater. I was tempted to take the floor up and varnish the underside, but knowing it would take a day to dry and there was a chance I may get the scope out later, I decided to leave it and play with the door instead. Sorry, no pictures, but I worked on the baton that will cover the gap on the lock-side of the door/frame. Unfortunately, it turned out to be more work than I thought as I had to progressively reduce the thickness of the baton since the bottom of the door sits a few mm inside the door frame. Treated the baton with preserver and will give it a coat of paint to match the door next chance I get. The exciting news is that I set-up the scope this evening and had First Light . Took ages to find all the bits, which were scattered all over the house. I have to say that the space around the scope is fantastic, and I can't wait until everything is set-up properly. The sky got progressively worse as the evening wore on, but I managed to see 46P and a few of the brighter DSO's through the murk to officially christen the observatory.
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    JamesF's observatory build

    Good that you spotted it before cutting precious timber. I've certainly done the same and it's really frustrating when your plan goes out the window. Good luck for tomorrow
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    JamesF's observatory build

    Looking brilliant James. Makes such a difference seeing all the walls covered. Hope you can get the cladding on soon.
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Yes, the MN is a great scope. I chose the C11 for high mag imaging of planets which is a little beyond the MN. Like you though, I have a fairly fast Esprit which is great for wider field stuff
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Possibly. It may be a biased sample, but a few top imagers seem to prefer Celestron - Damian Peach, Pete Lawrence - my guess is that it's not because the OTA looks pretty! The problem with scopes is that not many of us own (say) both a Cel' or a Meade, to be able to do a controlled comparison. Many opinions are therefore based on a sample of one (not very scientific), but I guess you have to follow the weight of evidence (which still has risk). There is also variation between scopes from each vendor of course, which further complicates the issue.
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    @LeeRichI was hoping to get the mount and scope set up this afternoon, but the forecast was rubbish so didn't bother. Looks like I'll miss comet 46P at perihelion which is a shame. Meade - never owned one I'm afraid. I guess they're good scopes (or should be), but I'm more of a Celestron man myself when it comes to SCT's. Just like I'm more of a Nikon man for DSLR's. No real reason.
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    @JamesFI agree. As a scientist (or rather ex-scientist) I suppose my method is to analyse a project 28 different ways before I start, consider all the weak or risky areas and try and design those out. This obviously doesn't catch everything, but I enjoy this approach and it works for me. I'm also a trained artist and have always been able to mentally visualise complex concepts in 3D. I love design concept problem solving. That said, there are certainly a number of bits on my obsy that, with hindsight, I would do differently if I had to do it again (no chance of the latter, once is quite enough!). Likewise, I see many bits on other builds (including Lee's) that I would have done differently. Nothing's ever perfect. This, and the fact that we're all unique individuals with our own tastes and preferences, is what makes life, and this forum, so interesting. Wouldn't it be boring if every obsy looked the same
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    JamesF's observatory build

    Well done! Certainly a rare event in my experience!
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    Astrokev's ROR - The Build

    Yes, I really enjoyed your build thread. It may even have been longer than mine!
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    Paint recommendations for galvanised steel?

    Well that's a thought I suppose. I don't particularly want it to look posh, but it looks pretty awful at the moment. Maybe a should clean it up and see what it looks like then. Exposed concrete and galvanised steel is very in-vogue these days in interior design circles I think

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