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[PROJECT] ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Builds By Baz, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. .Radiant

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    Would love to see you get a couple pics on comet lemmon, I'm going to try and have a look at it at later tonight if it clears up.
     
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    I'm praying for a clear sky to image it tonight! Observatory dome is open and cooling right now, telescopes aligned and ready to go!!
     
  3. Whoreof Babylon

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    How'd you go, the sky clear up?
     
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    Sure did! I spent the night imaging Lemmon until it set below the tree-line, then did some on the Sombrero galaxy.

    Results may be a while as I'm still waiting for my operating system to arrive for the new 8GB RAM computer that is sitting in there ready to load up!

    Baz.
     
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    Cant wait to see images Baz :thumbup:
     
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    Not sure if you had any takers for this, but here's something to consider, no time for email. Lol!

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    Ooh THAT'S an interesting idea! Thanks mate! I've got a few rolling in now. I'll be making a decision in a few weeks.

    Baz.
     
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    Picked up the wood today for building the staircase from the bottom to the top floor of the observatory. Beautifully seasoned and STRAIGHT cypress.

    Can't wait to start working it!

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    That is some nice looking timber!!
     
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    I'm actually getting very pissed off with this thread.

    NOT ENOUGH PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!!

    Please....?:thumbup:
     
  11. OP
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    Here you go then......

    Sorry it's been a while since my last update. Lots of building materials have arrived so it looks like I'm going to be a very busy boy for a few weeks now! Here's what's happening:

    Inside fitout begins.

    It's been a big week for the observatory this week. I was able to purchase the thin plywood interior wall panelling and even cut some to size and fitted two sheets.

    I tested a corner of the cypress slabs I picked up last week by belt-sanding them with some 40 grit to get the saw-marks out of it, then rubbed some raw linseed oil into the test-patch to see the colour. The yellow-gold natural colour takes on a rich red-gold.

    I applied by letter to my local government for a large log that one of their services had a stockpile of. To my delight, they approved and happily donated a log.

    I found a magnificent pine log, well seasoned with the bark just falling off it. It is my intention to cut it four ways down the length, to cut a post out of the middle of it. The post will be kept aside while the rounded slices will sandwich around the centre pier downstairs, making the pier look like a big tree-trunk. This will then be sanded and rubbed with raw linseed oil, as will the stairs and handrails.

    Link to construction page here.

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    1. Big sanding job! Got one slab of cypress de-barked and sanded down at lunch time. Look at the comparison with the sanded and unsanded slabs!
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    Debarked and sanded on top and both sides. Ready to make stairs!
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  13. brayway

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    Looking good there!
     
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    Like a lot of others, loving watching the progress. Keep it going Baz!
     
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    Ta guys. Will do.

    Baz.
     
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    Those steps are going to look great, however, to be brutally honest that 70s faux wood panelling looks terrible!
     
  17. OP
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    Well I like it.
     
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    Tethered balloon photography?
     
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    ? :confused:
     
  20. Whoreof Babylon

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    Loving the progress and the raw wood. I cried a little when i saw the 70's fake wood paneling tho :p idd have installed gyprock (plaster boards) as it adds .5 to your insulating rating and looks fab once painted.

    cant wait to see this finished and in action.
     

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