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    Hi,

    Further to my recent postings about my back problems playing up, I'm
    now investigating options for having my telescope (8" LX90) permanently
    set up in my garden.

    My garden isn't large enough for an observatory and more importantly I
    can't justify that sort of expense anyway.

    I'm currently considering buying a small shed (5 foot by 5 foot) to
    store the telescope in, fully set up on the tripod and using an Astro
    Engineering Telescope Moving Dolly (basically a set of wheels for the
    tripod).

    The plan is that I simply open the shed doors and wheel the telescope
    out onto a flat surface and start using it.

    I should be able to do this for a total cost of around £500.

    Am I barking up the wrong tree here or does this sounds like a workable
    solution?

    Thanks,

    Andy.


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    >The plan is that I simply open the shed doors and wheel the telescope
    out onto a flat surface and start using it.<

    Conversely, fix the 'scope and slide away the shed :-)
    jc


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    On 2005-08-10, John Carruthers <joncarruthersnotthisbit@hotmail.com> wrote:

    yes, that sounds like a better solution. If you're planning on a
    (semi) permanent structure, might as well make it the scope mounting
    piller rather than the cover.
    That way, once you've polar-aligned once everything will be ready
    for future use

    Pete

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    "ag73" <andygrove73@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    Hi,

    Further to my recent postings about my back problems playing up, I'm
    now investigating options for having my telescope (8" LX90) permanently
    set up in my garden.

    My garden isn't large enough for an observatory and more importantly I
    can't justify that sort of expense anyway.

    I'm currently considering buying a small shed (5 foot by 5 foot) to
    store the telescope in, fully set up on the tripod and using an Astro
    Engineering Telescope Moving Dolly (basically a set of wheels for the
    tripod).

    The plan is that I simply open the shed doors and wheel the telescope
    out onto a flat surface and start using it.

    I should be able to do this for a total cost of around £500.

    Am I barking up the wrong tree here or does this sounds like a workable
    solution?



    I think you will get lots better performance if you erect a permanent base
    and a roll off shed than a permanent shed and a roll out telescope. Dig a
    pit for the concrete base so that it is as isolated as possible from surface
    vibrations. Erect a pipe or something, or pour a concrete pillar. Then do
    an accurate polar alignment.

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    "Mike Dworetsky" <platinum198@pants.btinternet.com> wrote in message
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    Go for the moving shed option if you don't have the space for a fixed
    option, ever since I mounted my scope on a concrete pier it now take less
    than 5 minuets to have the system up and running and I use the scope far
    more now than I ever did.
    My shed takes up a 8ft diameter part of my small garden and I love it. I
    have just moved my ham radion in as well so as to pass the time when taking
    images.
    Steve
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    > "ag73" <andygrove73@gmail.com> wrote in message
    The 'downside', is that you still have to align the scope every night. For
    an Alt/Az unit like the LX90, this is not too much of a problem. However
    the commoner solution is to do it the other way. Build a flat base to
    stand the scope on, add a couple of rails at the edges, and put caster
    type wheels with the tyres removed, on the _shed_. Open the shed door, and
    push it away on the rails, leaving the scope ready to go!. The cost is
    about the same, and if the shed door has a bolt into the concrete, with a
    padlock, security is about the same. This is the 'nicer' solution for
    imaging, since it allows the scope to remain setup, and though for visual
    use the gain is minor, it might be worth considering.

    Best Wishes



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    In news:1123692215.613912.69290@o13g2000cwo.googlegro ups.com,
    ag73 <andygrove73@gmail.com> typed:

    As others have said, have the scope fixed and permanently set up. Mount the
    movable shed on wheels. My solution is more of a "mini-shed" or large
    plywood box on wheels but the principle is the same. Cost was about £100 but
    I already had some timber around so that was mainly for the plywood and
    varnish. Once my box is rolled away, I set up a chair/table/laptop inside it
    if I'm going to do any imaging.

    Jo




 

 

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