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Posted: 9/4/2015 3:07:47 PM EDT
I have a couple scopes to look at the night sky when I get the urge, this guy built his own remote observatory, way cool

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:09:24 PM EDT
I've always wanted to look through one of the worlds largest scopes...  it would be awesome to see space like that.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:09:40 PM EDT
neat
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:18:25 PM EDT
He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:18:25 PM EDT
Another one.

You guys think BRD is bad, you have no idea.

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He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.

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Remote location away from city light pollution.

He didn't show the whole place, but I bet living quarters there as well for long weekend campouts.
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He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.



Remote location away from city light pollution.


Agreed, but both him and the other guy you showed appear to be using small telescopes that are easily moved. I fail to see the point of building such elaborate enclosures for them.

Real observatories are built because the telescopes they house are much too large to move around.


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The hubble photos are online for you to look at anytime.  You paid for it, you should be using it.
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Agreed, but both him and the other guy you showed appear to be using small telescopes that are easily moved. I fail to see the point of building such elaborate enclosures for them.

Real observatories are built because the telescopes they house are much too large to move around.


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He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.



Remote location away from city light pollution.


Agreed, but both him and the other guy you showed appear to be using small telescopes that are easily moved. I fail to see the point of building such elaborate enclosures for them.

Real observatories are built because the telescopes they house are much too large to move around.




Professional astronomers don't monitor the entire universe, guys like this still make important contributions to science.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/422303/amateur-astronomers-usher-in-new-era-of-discovery-says-report/
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I don't know what it is, but I really love looking at Uranus.
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Professional astronomers don't monitor the entire universe, guys like this still make important contributions to science.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/422303/amateur-astronomers-usher-in-new-era-of-discovery-says-report/
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He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.

Remote location away from city light pollution.


Agreed, but both him and the other guy you showed appear to be using small telescopes that are easily moved. I fail to see the point of building such elaborate enclosures for them.

Real observatories are built because the telescopes they house are much too large to move around.

Professional astronomers don't monitor the entire universe, guys like this still make important contributions to science.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/422303/amateur-astronomers-usher-in-new-era-of-discovery-says-report/

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I never said anything against amateur astronomers.  I'm just saying these elaborate structures aren't  necessary for small telescopes that are easily moved around.  Again, I admire their building skills, but just don't see the point of this.


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I never said anything against amateur astronomers.  I'm just saying these elaborate structures aren't  necessary for small telescopes that are easily moved around.  Again, I admire their building skills, but just don't see the point of this.


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He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.

Remote location away from city light pollution.


Agreed, but both him and the other guy you showed appear to be using small telescopes that are easily moved. I fail to see the point of building such elaborate enclosures for them.

Real observatories are built because the telescopes they house are much too large to move around.

Professional astronomers don't monitor the entire universe, guys like this still make important contributions to science.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/422303/amateur-astronomers-usher-in-new-era-of-discovery-says-report/

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I never said anything against amateur astronomers.  I'm just saying these elaborate structures aren't  necessary for small telescopes that are easily moved around.  Again, I admire their building skills, but just don't see the point of this.




The magic sauce is the mount for the scope, a tripod is not going to give the same stability at extremely deep space objects like a mount sunk 6 feet into ground.

This scope is not wiggling in the wind, or when a 18 wheeler driving by when you are doing a 1 hour photo exposure.
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I've always wondered if the world's largest scopes still have a tiny eyepiece you have to squint and look through, and get frustrated because the eye relief is all wrong.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:42:17 PM EDT
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I've always wondered if the world's largest scopes still have a tiny eyepiece you have to squint and look through, and get frustrated because the eye relief is all wrong.
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I've always wanted to look through one of the worlds largest scopes...  it would be awesome to see space like that.


I've always wondered if the world's largest scopes still have a tiny eyepiece you have to squint and look through, and get frustrated because the eye relief is all wrong.


Nope, all viewed on computer screens now.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:44:20 PM EDT
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The magic sauce is the mount for the scope, a tripod is not going to give the same stability at extremely deep space objects like a mount sunk 6 feet into ground.

This scope is not wiggling in the wind, or when a 18 wheeler driving by when you are doing a 1 hour photo exposure.
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That makes sense.


Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:45:59 PM EDT
Very cool.  When I was back east I was really into it.  Now I live too close to the "city lights" to get a good view.
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Cheap-ass Home Depot lumber; everything is warped.

Extremely cool setup. Would be awesome for quiet weekend get-aways.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 3:52:25 PM EDT
That would make a fine ice fishing cabin    
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The magic sauce is the mount for the scope, a tripod is not going to give the same stability at extremely deep space objects like a mount sunk 6 feet into ground.

This scope is not wiggling in the wind, or when a 18 wheeler driving by when you are doing a 1 hour photo exposure.


That makes sense.




Yep, these guys aren't just looking through an eyepiece at the sky like I do, he probably has some serious money tied up in cameras and stuff too.
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The magic sauce is the mount for the scope, a tripod is not going to give the same stability at extremely deep space objects like a mount sunk 6 feet into ground.

This scope is not wiggling in the wind, or when a 18 wheeler driving by when you are doing a 1 hour photo exposure.


That makes sense.




There's some more benefits as well. A lot of those scopes in those vids are a lot bigger and heavier than they look. I have a 10" Meade LXD-75 that is a struggle for me to move and set up by myself, and that's even at moving the tripod/drive and optical tube separately. Then you have to level it up, do a new polar alignment every time you set it up, all after having adjusted the heavy iron counterweights to where the scope can move in perfect balance, only to have one of the dogs or a careless guest run into it just hard enough to make you have to do it all over again. Then you have the added factor of having to tough out the summer heat or winter cold while you're out there. Many nights I was just too worn out to take everything down again after I was done and just threw a 55gallon garbage bag over the scope and went to bed.

I was seriously thinking about setting up an observatory myself until expensive. Too bad too. Now it takes something pretty special to get us to even set the scope up anymore.

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There's some more benefits as well. A lot of those scopes in those vids are a lot bigger and heavier than they look. I have a 10" Meade LXD-75 that is a struggle for me to move and set up by myself, and that's even at moving the tripod/drive and optical tube separately. Then you have to level it up, do a new polar alignment every time you set it up, all after having adjusted the heavy iron counterweights to where the scope can move in perfect balance, only to have one of the dogs or a careless guest run into it just hard enough to make you have to do it all over again. Then you have the added factor of having to tough out the summer heat or winter cold while you're out there. Many nights I was just too worn out to take everything down again after I was done and just threw a 55gallon garbage bag over the scope and went to bed.

I was seriously thinking about setting up an observatory myself until expensive. Too bad too. Now it takes something pretty special to get us to even set the scope up anymore.

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The magic sauce is the mount for the scope, a tripod is not going to give the same stability at extremely deep space objects like a mount sunk 6 feet into ground.

This scope is not wiggling in the wind, or when a 18 wheeler driving by when you are doing a 1 hour photo exposure.


That makes sense.




There's some more benefits as well. A lot of those scopes in those vids are a lot bigger and heavier than they look. I have a 10" Meade LXD-75 that is a struggle for me to move and set up by myself, and that's even at moving the tripod/drive and optical tube separately. Then you have to level it up, do a new polar alignment every time you set it up, all after having adjusted the heavy iron counterweights to where the scope can move in perfect balance, only to have one of the dogs or a careless guest run into it just hard enough to make you have to do it all over again. Then you have the added factor of having to tough out the summer heat or winter cold while you're out there. Many nights I was just too worn out to take everything down again after I was done and just threw a 55gallon garbage bag over the scope and went to bed.

I was seriously thinking about setting up an observatory myself until expensive. Too bad too. Now it takes something pretty special to get us to even set the scope up anymore.



lol, this is why I stick with inexpensive scopes for an hour or two of quick viewing.

If I had a ton of money tied up in a scope I would feel obligated to use it every night, and some nights I just want to relax and watch a movie or something.
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 4:21:13 PM EDT
Here in the south they're elevated to improve access to the horizon - lots of trees around. Raising the scope 10 or 12 feet opens up a lot of sky.
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I never said anything against amateur astronomers.  I'm just saying these elaborate structures aren't  necessary for small telescopes that are easily moved around.  Again, I admire their building skills, but just don't see the point of this.


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He did a nice job building it, not sure of the purpose.   Is it just to gain 10-12 feet of elevation?  Don't see what that buys him.  Seems to me he could have just built himself a nice deck at ground level, and wheel out the telescope when he wants to use it.

Remote location away from city light pollution.


Agreed, but both him and the other guy you showed appear to be using small telescopes that are easily moved. I fail to see the point of building such elaborate enclosures for them.

Real observatories are built because the telescopes they house are much too large to move around.

Professional astronomers don't monitor the entire universe, guys like this still make important contributions to science.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/422303/amateur-astronomers-usher-in-new-era-of-discovery-says-report/

?????

I never said anything against amateur astronomers.  I'm just saying these elaborate structures aren't  necessary for small telescopes that are easily moved around.  Again, I admire their building skills, but just don't see the point of this.




So your AR is bone stock, yes ?  
Link Posted: 9/4/2015 4:45:51 PM EDT
I do have a solar observatory now, too bad no big sun spots to see right now.

Link Posted: 9/4/2015 5:14:32 PM EDT
Wow

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I wonder if he's not going to regret putting his scope on a framed floor 8 ft or more in the air.

I would think that vibration would be an issue in a structure like that.  I would think I would like my telescope on a concrete foundation instead.


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I wonder if he's not going to regret putting his scope on a framed floor 8 ft or more in the air.

I would think that vibration would be an issue in a structure like that.  I would think I would like my telescope on a concrete foundation instead.


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The mount is not attached to the floor.
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I wonder if he's not going to regret putting his scope on a framed floor 8 ft or more in the air.

I would think that vibration would be an issue in a structure like that.  I would think I would like my telescope on a concrete foundation instead.





The mount is not attached to the floor.


Ah, you're right.  Should have noticed that.

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