UNIVERSITY HILLS OBSERVATORY CONSTRUCTION PAGE
Construction period: March 2002-July 2004
|Initial 14"x16" hole cut into wooden deck. Note the "post hole digger" double-shovel device at the far right; Mr. J. Tompkins main observatory contractor!||Cylindrical 12" diameter hole dug 4 feet deep into the soil, with top portion surrounded within a 13"x13" wooden & rebar framework||Cement poured into hole up to the rim of the rectangular wooden/rebar framework. It is after this point, before the cement is set, that the 12" diameter sonotube is placed||Cement in hole/rectangular framework and sonotube is set. The cardboard 1foot high 12" diameter cardboard sonotube was removed just prior to this picture.|
|Aluminum (Al) cement-to-pier cap. This connects the cement pier to the ap1200's pier||1/2" diameter bolts embedded into the pier with cement anchor sleves||Al cement-to-pier cap connected to cement pier.||Three foot (36") Al pier connected to Al cement-to-pier cap with AP1200 and 13" classical cassegrain|
|Myself standing next to the finished, set pier||My 6'4" dad next to the telescope/pier||A look at the telescope/mount in its stowed position ("AP Mount's Park 1" position)||Myself showing how the "North-Wall" latches into place|
|Shot of the pre roll-off roof observatory configuration||Telescope and AP Mount in "park 3" position||Concrete 10"h pedestals from Home Depot to serve at feet for roll-off roof||Concrete pedestals mounted to 3.5"w by 3.5"l by x 47"h support struts|
|SW corner of Observatory walls being modified for roll-off roof construction||SE corner of Observatory walls being modified for roll-off roof construction||Observatory North door/wall||NE view of observatory showing roll-off roof components to install|
miscellaneous items done:
1.) Cleaned, sanded, and repainted North and East walls to defeat mildew build-up. Added anti-Mildew additive to paint; as of May 2006, no sign of recurrence of mildew.
2.) Added Temp/Humidity sensor to inside of observatory.
3.) Added USB-CAT5-USB cables and boxes to use STL-11K remotely; cable can be 165 ft long!
1.) Add shelve to pier for temporary cable storage.
2.) Add Metal and or plastic box at foot of pier to contain small astro equipment; ST-7E, WebCam, etc.
3.) Electrify the opening and closing of the roll-off roof - will need to permanently install north wall and add a door enclosure
|Finished roll-off roof modification, image taken 5 July 2004||Present Configuration, showing the addition of a 0.3 amp solar panel for AP mount's marine battery|
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