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Observatory Construction

The fulfilment of a lifelong dream!!
Sirius 2.3m "Home model" (www.siriusobservatories.com/).
Maxdome computerised dome rotation
Advanced Telescope Systems Pier (www.advancedtelescope.com/).
DIY 2.5m square timber deck

The Plan
The Plan
The Location
The Location
ATS Pier
ATS Pier
Happy Camper
Happy Camper
Sirus Dome Arrives #1
Sirus Dome Arrives #1
Sirus Dome Arrives # 2
Sirus Dome Arrives # 2
Painting the grass
Painting the grass
Let the digging begin!
Let the digging begin!
Pier excavation finished
Pier excavation finished
Here I am Honey!
Here I am Honey!
Post Holes Dug
Post Holes Dug
Bearer frame constructed
Bearer frame constructed
Bearer frame positioned and levelled on site
Bearer frame positioned and levelled on site
Pour #1 - the pier footing
Pour #1 - the pier footing
Fill 'er up please
Fill 'er up please
Setting the form for the pier column
Setting the form for the pier column
Pour #2 - pier column & post footings.
Pour #2 - pier column & post footings.
Singin' in the rain
Singin' in the rain
Pier column with bolts embedded
Pier column with bolts embedded
Concreting Done
Concreting Done
Pier column
Pier column
Ready for the joists
Ready for the joists
Pier column framing
Pier column framing
Joists in place
Joists in place
Decking underway
Decking underway
Driving the last screw home
Driving the last screw home
All Done
All Done
The walls go up
The walls go up
Nearly there
Nearly there
Hot work in the summer sun
Hot work in the summer sun
Walls completed
Walls completed
Dome halves assembled
Dome halves assembled
Dome is on - thanks to some astro helpers
Dome is on - thanks to some astro helpers
Kit assembly completed
Kit assembly completed
Carpeting
Carpeting
ATS pier installed
ATS pier installed
TOA-150 Installed
TOA-150 Installed
Plugging in
Plugging in
First light getting close
First light getting close
Back Yard
Back Yard
First light night
First light night
Fascia & Steps Installed - ALL DONE!!!
Fascia & Steps Installed - ALL DONE!!!
Control room
Control room
Domes are pretty!
Domes are pretty!
A pot of gold!!!
A pot of gold!!!
Pride & Joy!
Pride & Joy!
Reflections
Reflections
System Schematic
System Schematic
Observatory Uninterruptable Power Supply
Observatory Uninterruptable Power Supply