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Lots of Conduit...

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Beneath then observatory electrical and computer conduit lines were run as previously described.  Hopefully fewer people will trip over the lines or accidentally pull them out of the telescopes this way. 
 
 
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Roof Framing Sitting on the Glider....

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Overview of the roof framing on the laminated wood which in turn is attached to the 3" wheels and industrial strength glider.  This structure can be easily moved with one arm. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Getting to Look Like....

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It's beginning to look like a roll off observatory.  The structure was basically built using the SkyShed design with modifications for its size and also to match the look of our home.  Inside there are now 7 controllable plugs (X-10 Smart Home devices), which will allow us to remotely power 7 systems on or off (lighting, roof opening device, heat/dehumidifier, web cam (is the telescope in the parked position when I open the roof !!), RC-16 systems (Paramount ME, ST-10XME, observatory accessory computer ((which can remotely control the main "office" computer)),  and  Meade GPS LX200 systems.  This can be done from inside the observatory or remotely from the "office".
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The Base for the Rolling Roof...

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This laminated and absolutely straight 2 x 10 was quite expensive, but, as Brad from SkyShed pointed out to us, this is not a place to skimp and save.  If this piece warps, then the entire roof (which sits on top of this) may not open, especialy with a larger structure.
 
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Close Up View...

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The 3" wheels and glider can be seen.  The details of how to assemble this correctly are nicely covered in the SkyShed Plans.  Had we not used these plans I am confident we would have had serious difficulties (fortunately we decided NOT to try and "re-invent the wheel"...as its already been invented and is on the SkyShed plans).
 
 
 
 
 
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Roof Open and South Drop Down Open...

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Gray aluminum roof (won't hold heat, light weight and trouble free) in place.  Roof is open and the south drop down (seen on the right) is open.  This will be great for my favorites, such as Sagittarius and Serpens Cauda.  The motors for both are still being discussed.  We're favoring a rack and pinion method or "Miracle" Drive (self propelling wheel within track).  More on this in the near future.  The South drop down will have a separate drive as it will be used less often.
 
 
 
 
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The Roll Off Roof is Up....

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View of the roof framing up and on the glider and wheels.  The silvery dots are the multiple bolts placed to secure the glider.  Many were used to insure that the glider would remain aligned.
 
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Lets see, this goes.....

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So while we're working on the observatory I've been trying to get all the wiring straight.  Got to get the router to the PC, the LEX/REX Icron to the Edgeport, the Cat6 wires to the observatory, the remote settings on the desktop, configure the edgeport, adjust the temperature coefficient in the RoboFocus.........Truely, I have no idea what I'm doing..........Now where did I put John's phone number......
 
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Same, Looking Towards the West...

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Same, only looking from the east towards the west; the roof not quite completed on this side.  The drop down can be seen on the left (south). 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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