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My new Skyshed POD


Dave Smith
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Here are just a few pics showing the progess of my new POD.

As I am not a very practical person the decking and pier support was carried out by a local builder but the construction of the POD was carried out by me and took one and a half days to complete.

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The pier base consisted of a 2ft square hole 3ft deep and then a reduced size square shuttering to fit the wooden template with the pier bolts which were sunk into the concrete.

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The pier is offset towards the near corner to allow for the three bays to be at the back.

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The POD arrives and with the help of some of my neighbours had to be lifted over three fences/walls to get into my garden.

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The walls are up (getting the last bolt in was quite tricky!) and the two dome halves nearly complete. Here I am fixing the steel plate that the rollers roll on.

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Beginning to look like an observatory with the primary dome on and the secondary ready to be lifted into place.

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The completed POD with pier and scope in place. Remarkably I have aready used it for a few clear nights. Getting this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It is fantastic just going out and within minutes the scope is in use and no need to clear away ;)

There is still the flooring (foam anti fatigue matting) and the connection of mains electricity to do.

Dave

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Good job Dave. I do like those Skyshed PODs. One day...

Have you got the glow in the dark version?

No way :p

Just dark grey base, light grey dome.

One thing that concerned me with a dome was it advertising that there was some valuable gear. My dome is not visible from any road so that should not be a problem.

However, the field behind is a primary school playing field. Last week a couple of the little darlings hurled a house brick sized lump of concrete at the dome. It struck with an extremely loud clatter.:) Fortunately I wasn't next to the dome at that moment, but was going to be minutes later. It turned out to be two year 1 pupils i.e. 5 - 6 years old ;)

I rushed up stairs and took photos of those nearby which we presented to the headteacher together with the missile - which led to their being found out.

The good news was there wasn't even a scratch on the dome :eek:.

Dave

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Very nice Dave. you'll love it in there, and getting up and running is a doddle now, also shutting down after a nights work is so easy.

I used to have a large domed Obs. Loved it, but my design meant I was continally battling leaks so I dismantled it. ROR Obs now, but I like it too.

Are you going to have an Obs. warming Party?;):D.

Ron.

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One thing that concerned me with a dome was it advertising that there was some valuable gear. My dome is not visible from any road so that should not be a problem. Dave

That looks great Dave, only wish I could do the same but am living on a sink estate so would not last long ;).

Jim

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Here is the internal view. The three bays are wonderful in that they give plenty of storage space. Everything is to hand.

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Note that this was taken with a wide angle lens and so is distorted. All three bays are the same size.

Dave

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Lovely set up Dave. The wide angle lens photo really makes it look like the observatory is huge, looks like Doctor Who's Tardis ;)

Love the Vixen on the pier really looks sweet.

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if i only i had thought about my decking before i got my scope i would have loved a set up like that my decking is under an apple an pear tree so the lawn t is for me cant complain though have about270 degree veiw as my neighbours have no fences woooop

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According to their website, the Skyshed POD can be put on any base - grave, grasss etc etc.

Why would one wish to house an observatory on a grave? Surely night time is not the right time to be standing on peoples graves!

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