Tuesday, May 21, 2002
This is the beginning of my new observatory. We are starting with the deck. It is 8' wide by 20' long. We used 8' decking boards for the floor and 4x4's and 2x12's for the framing. We attached a set of stairs on each side.
We completed the floor and have sealed the whole deck . This is looking east and shows one set of stairs.
This shows the other set of stairs and you are looking northwest
Here you see the pier has been poured and is setting up. It is 4' in the ground and 7' above ground. I placed t-stakes in the concrete for support as I poured. I then put a Losmandy Mini-pier in the concrete.
This is the beginning of my 8x10 building. So far just have some of the framing done. I used 8- 4x4's of treated wood for the corner posts. I used decking boards for the framing. As you see my concrete has set up and in use!!
I have started on the inside wall. I am using 2x12 boards.
Concrete walkway has been poured. This leads to the west side steps.
Inside building, deck and stairs painted. Picked dark red to keep reflections down.
Metal siding done now on to the DOME!!!
Here's the beginning of the base ring. We used 4 pieces of 3/4 " plywood. We made two sets. We cut them 4 1/2" wide. We laid the first set on the floor butted up against each other then we took the other two sets and laid them off set on top of the ones on the floor. These we glued and screwed together. It is an 8' diameter circle.
Next we built the top ring out of 4 pieces of 5/8" plywood. Glued and screwed those together. Mounted 8 wheels to the bottom ring. Mounted guide brackets to the top ring so it rotates smoothly either direction. Added 2 arches 3feet apart.
We finished framing and bracing the dome. Now on to the fun part!! We are in the process of putting the fiberglass on.
We Finally finished the fiberglass!!!! We used 2 layers of matting, but if I were to do it again, I would definitely put wire mesh on before the matting! This would have given it more support and a smoother finish, but since I learned as I went the end result isn't that bad. Built the doors out of plywood and fiberglass. The top one overlaps the bottom one.
It is now mounted on building, but still have a few touch up things to do. I boxed in the corners.
I added landscaping trim all around the base to fill the gaps.
Inside finished!! I added rope lights underneath the base ring with a dimmer switch so it really works great having dim red lights here.
Construction is complete. It is alot warmer inside - compared to the roll-off!!! Virtually eliminates dew on the scopes.
Special Thanks to my Dad and Mom for all their Help!!!!