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    Default Nice start to the New Year!



    I received some great news today. My offer for a new house has been accepted and I will be moving in the end of March. This house is in a dark sky location with lots of room for a home observatory. Of course this is just the planning stage but I am thinking of a Skyshed ROR observatory with one pier. I would like some opinions as to what would be a good enough size to accommodate using either my Stellarvue 102mm or the 8" RC along with a small desk and chair for the laptop. Although there is plenty of space available I would like to keep it to just the size required for this setup. Opinions please.
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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    That's great, congrats!
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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    Thats very interesting! Are you moving and living in the new house, or is it another property which you will own for business/astronomical purpose?
    I am thinking of buying a second property in a "dark site", but may only stay for periods of a week or so. It has to have a bedroom and basic amenities like water, light and electricity/gas, and protection from outside elements.
    What are the dimensions of your new property- we could advise better if we knew how much estate you have?
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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    Congratulations!

    10x10 is a good size for a single pier. I would recommend putting the desk and computer in an attached warm room.

    I have a desk and my computer in one corner of my 10x10 footprint. It's cozy, spacewise, but it works. It is damned cold, though!

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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mag95On View Post
    Thats very interesting! Are you moving and living in the new house, or is it another property which you will own for business/astronomical purpose?
    No, it will be my new residence with 38,000sq ft of land in the middle of wine country. Most of my neighbours will be wineries. I'm anxious to see the difference for imaging, I have never had the opportunity to image from a truly dark site.

    Kathy, that was my first thought to go for a 10'x10' but when I traced out the footprint in my backyard it seemed really big for what will go inside. I'm wondering if an 8'x10' would suffice. It would leave an area 8'x6' for the pier with a little partitioned room of 8'x4' for a small desk and chair, with a herman nelson heater plugged into it.
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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyNS View Post
    Congratulations!

    10x10 is a good size for a single pier. I would recommend putting the desk and computer in an attached warm room.

    I have a desk and my computer in one corner of my 10x10 footprint. It's cozy, spacewise, but it works. It is damned cold, though!
    We heard, Kathy...
    I remember your post on the subject well...

    If you don't want to build a warm room, or cold room in Kathy's case... How close are you to the house?
    I ran power and cat5 all the way out and I love it. Having internet and fast download speeds to the house is
    great when it comes time to transfer data.
    Then you don't need the expense of a warm room, just a small area to set up the machines.
    My RoR building is only 7'x7', but I had serious space constraints.
    Were I to do it over with more room available? 10' x 10' would be nice.
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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    I have a 10x12 Skyshed for my 16. Maybe an overkill for an 8, but you have to think of upgrades in the future. Also, consider visitors; 10x12 is just room for 4 and 3 would be better.

    You will love having everything permanently setup, just a quick walk outside, roll the roof, and start observing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimminCT View Post
    How close are you to the house?
    I ran power and cat5 all the way out and I love it. Having internet and fast download speeds to the house is
    great when it comes time to transfer data.
    Jim, the observatory will be about 60' from the house. How long a run could i use a cat5 cable?
    i like the idea of not having to spend time in the cold by the laptop.

    Steve, That's what I'm really looking forward to not having to set up and polar align every time, a huge time saver.
    How often do you check your alignment?
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    Jim, the observatory will be about 60' from the house. How long a run could i use a cat5 cable?

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    Default Re: Nice start to the New Year!

    Quote Originally Posted by ic_1101 View Post
    Kathy, that was my first thought to go for a 10'x10' but when I traced out the footprint in my backyard it seemed really big for what will go inside. I'm wondering if an 8'x10' would suffice. It would leave an area 8'x6' for the pier with a little partitioned room of 8'x4' for a small desk and chair, with a herman nelson heater plugged into it.
    8x6 only leaves 36" on two sides of the pier. That is not a lot of room to squeeze past a swinging counterweight! And remember that you will need storage space for various bits of equipment.

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    Jim, the observatory will be about 60' from the house. How long a run could i use a cat5 cable?
    My trench was 200'. I bought a 500' roll of cable and ran a double length of 250', so I have one active cable and one spare. The extra footage allows for the building entry runs: router to trench, and trench to computer. I have had zero problems with the network. Make sure you do a good job of crimping the connectors and you will be fine. I used outdoor grade Cat-5, in a PVC conduit.

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