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    Default Garden pier project



    Not really sure if this qualifies as a home observatory since there will be no building, but it´s the closest I´ll ever get

    I´m tired of lugging the mount and tripod out and doing the polar alignment every time. I thought I´d try to get a pier in the garden, so I can at least get a quick start when there are a few nights in a row with imaging possibilities.

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    Now what is this? This is where I´d really want to have a permanent installation. Clear views to the horizon from northeast to south. However, my wife would like our balcony turned into an observatory

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    Working on a wooden dummy for the pier adapter plate.

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    Seems to work fine.
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    Some concrete plinths, rebar and concrete for mixing. First I thought of using the plinths to get the base even deeper, but digging than deep was harder than I had thought. Now I´ll just use one of them that way, two of the others will be in the hole when I pour concrete in there. Instead of mixing even more myself.
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    It´s started! Grass put to the side, so I can restore it after the concrete has set.

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    One of my daughters inspecting the hole.

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    My original idea for using the plinths. Rebar will be connected to the irons. However, I hit bedrock in the opposite corner so I´ll scrap this idea. The base will be 90x90x30 cm anyway (3x3x1 feet). Should be heavy enough.

    The pier will be 190mm (7,5 inches) diameter. Thought of using a 10 inch pier first, but heard reports of people having the scope hitting it because it was too wide.
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    Default Re: Garden pier project

    Good start, you did not mention if your daughter approved or thought the hole was for her
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    Default Re: Garden pier project

    Nice start - do you think your wife would notice a pier sticking up through the balcony?

    Putting up the pier is a dream of mine - one that is still in the waiting phase, unfortunately.

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    Default Re: Garden pier project

    Hi Martin. An excellent start to this project. This should be the next best thing to an observatory. And, keep any cats out of the excavation until you get it filled in. Thanks for sharing this work in progress with us Martin, and keep up the fine work.
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    Thanks for your comments! This is a slow process since certain members of the family seem to think it´s more important to get the extended part of our house painted
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    That is some serious scaffolding!
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    Default Re: Garden pier project

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinF View Post
    Thanks for your comments! This is a slow process since certain members of the family seem to think it´s more important to get the extended part of our house painted
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    Hello Martin,

    that's normal.
    In that case and on your place, I'd extend the pier height well above the house to have an unobstructed view.

    Happy doings,

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    Default Re: Garden pier project

    Just be careful you do not fall off that scaffolding, bet you get a good view. Maybe why you at it build an observatory on the roof.
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