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  1. A sad day for me to see many happy memories leave on the back of a flat bed truck but also nice for me to know the obsy is going to a good home and one where it will offer someone else many more years of memories. MODS PLEASE REMOVE TO COMPLETED.
  2. TBH 1 ton of concrete doesn't visually represent much in the ground although I wouldn't want to be the one to have to dig it up lol. I'm purely a visual observer so had no need to go overboard. I have though seen some members "no expense spared" home obsy set ups and I swear they have used enough concrete that if a tall boy was dropped on it there would still be a lump in the ground big enough to build the Empire state building on it. If I were to ever do it again though I think I'd go with a good sized concreted block in the ground and mount a steel pier on top of that with a nice layer of vibration absorbing rubber or something between the joint. This allows a solid base for your observing but also easy removal of the pier should the need ever arise. As for the depth on this particular build I went as deep as the clay would let a me following a similar rule of thumb as you would for concrete fence posts. Currently sale pending mate subject to collection.
  3. Thanks David I have had a great deal of interest but this dam covid thing and me trying to give people an idea of the work involved regards disassembly I dare say I've made it sound far more hard work that it actually will be. I just want to avoid the possibility of someone who puts up the odd shelf for the wife coming along only to get half way through and throwing in the towel. And yes these observatory projects are never cheap but well worth it. I was determined to go with a dome and wanted something to stand the test of time so went with aluminium for the skin. This wasn't cheap or easy to work with. Then there are all the other materials and man hours invested and I'd probably be looking at £800 - £1000 invested in to it all told. Such a shame to let it go for pennies and I'm sure my Dad is turning in his grave that it's come to this
  4. Out of respect of my late Dad who I will be forever in debt for constructing the obsy I'd have liked it to go to a good home and seen many more years of use. Alas despite a lot of interest it would appear (corona lock down aside) the thought of dismantling the obsy is beyond the capability of many. So as a last attempt to see it go to a good home before I strip it to salvage materials , I plan to offer it to SGL members for £140. This allows £60 off the original asking price to rent a van to transport it, or even hire the skills of a capable DIY'r for the day to do all the hard work for you.
  5. Thanks guys. Can't beat a dome to shelter you from the elements and stray light. Just wish there was a way to have kept it but such is life
  6. Found some more pictures to give people an idea of what the underlying construction is. Uploaded to original post for your perusal.
  7. Hi All Up for sale I have a dome observatory which has stood the test of time providing me with many a nights comfortable observing sheltered from prying eyes, wind, stray light pollution, neighbor security lights and the occasional shower. The dome is fully rotatable through 360 degrees giving a zenith view with the top hatch open or roughly 60 degrees with it in place. Turning the roof does require someone fit to do so as it can sometimes be a little stiff to first get going. I'm sure some sort of mechanical or motor installation could make this a lot easier but I never had the need. This is a home project which was built with the intention of remaining in place for many years through the best of what the UK's weather had to throw at it and for this reason it will require some time and DIY know how to dismantle and some sort of transport IE: flat bed or large sprinter to get it home. The roof skin is completely aluminum and the asking price is to cover the cost of this outlay only and the rest of the obsy is essentially free to someone willing to put the time in to dismantling and removing the obs. There is internal wiring for a plug socket and lighting (plug etc not included but not much from B&Q)Carpet on the floor and solar powered roof vent to reduce condensation. This is a reluctant sale and only due to a death in the family so please no time wasters. If you do not have access to a large vehicle or any DIY skills / tool then this will not be for you. I have attached pis of the obsy as it currently stands and also what it will look like when cleaned up. It is approx 2mts diameter inside and I have comfortably used a 250PX on EQ6 with room to spare. Needless to say the pillar is fixed in 1 ton of concrete so not included unless you feel the need to dig it up. £200 £140 With the need to dismantle and remove yourself from the B32 area of Birmingham
  8. Looking down on a pair of Salt and pepper pots was my thinking behind the nickname. You often get one or two holes in the salt shaker (in this case the 2 brighter, orange (which itself could be the salt) and blue stars to the edge) and several in a pepper pot, being the main body of the cluster.
  9. So would this be correct? The amount of times I've observed this cluster and I've never made the connection. ? A good excuse to observe it again me thinks.
  10. Refractors have an allure about them no doubt but an achro 102 / 120 will sadly fall short against a 127MAK. Cool down times, focal lengths, FOV etc aside, you'd need ED glass to better the MAK and even then the difference on any specific target would only really become obvious in side by side comparisons. Differences I may add that come at a substantial addition in price. Rather than risking cluttering up a for sale thread it may pay to ask opinions on the beginner section before you commit to a refractor already having a MAK rhw1967
  11. LP has slowly killed the hobby for me over the past couple years. It was never great living so close to a large town centre but it was the installation of LED lights towering another 7' above where the original sodium lights once pinnacled that brought the largest impact. It took several attempts to get shades installed but the problem is they are so high there's no escaping night vision blindness. For this reason my kit over the past year has been slowly disappearing so I can relate to your search for an ideal scope to keep your hand in the hobby. For me it has always been my ST120 AZ4 combo. I know achro aren't for everyone but I find I only get distracted by CA when I choose to look for it. Yes it does impact on planetary views but I just use filters to help with the contrast.
  12. Good point and a again another consideration for the survival of the human race. If we were ever to get to another planet in the hope of colonization we have to get on with each other and control our cravings first. This seems to be something we seem unable to do even on the habitable planet we have now so it's as if we as a species is destined to become extinct no matter what technology we are able to adapt for exploration of the cosmos. Things would be in limited supply to begin with and we all know how hunger in particular can turn any saint in to a sinner.
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