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Got the deck taken out, and my buddy and his small crew put in an 18 inch round pier with a T base 5 feet deep. The dirt in my hill is super strong and solid, and I'm guessing that pier base isn't moving at all if much at all. Just levelled the J bolts (except he used screws with flat square 3 inch plates on the end. It'll be solid. So, that part is done. Monday they install the actual deck, should be done my tuesday. Wed. my observatory shows up. Can't wait.

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Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 5, 2012 at 6:08pm

Pier base uncovered.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 5, 2012 at 6:07pm

Pier base is covered. nice.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 5, 2012 at 6:07pm

Deck is finished

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 5, 2012 at 8:25am

By tonight the deck will be completed, and I'll be putting together the wall rings. Stoked.

Comment by Conor on April 5, 2012 at 7:22am

Oh man, this just keeps getting better and better. I'm excited _for_ you! I can't wait to see all of that together!

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 4, 2012 at 6:42pm

thanks Bob. It looks actually pretty difficult to assemble, the instructions are so so. I'll be on it though, one step at a time no shortcuts.

Comment by Bob W on April 4, 2012 at 6:37pm

Man that looks sweet, can't wait to see it all together

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 4, 2012 at 6:11pm

The deck is not ready yet, had to exchange the wood. But the dome has arrived. It was looking like a nightmare as the freight said it was like 1200 lbs even though the observatory is supposed to weigh only like 450 lbs, so there was some drama, I decided to rip it open anyway and it was easy to lift each part, super easy. So my brother, Leddy and I, and the driver who started to dig on astronomy pitched in as well, and we moved it to the back yard, and it is rad. Quality looks good, I'm impressed and happy. Of course the real test will be this weekend when I fire it up.

Comment by Charles Dunlop on April 4, 2012 at 9:37am

My goal was to just clear the observatory opening in horizontal position. So, the opening in my new observatory will be I think it was 40 inches high. The paramount at my latitude is like 12.5 inches in hieght to the angle where the telescope at horizontal position. So I just calculated 40 inches minus 12.5 and that is the hieght of my pier.

Comment by Marc Basti on April 4, 2012 at 3:38am

Charles, I am setting my final pier height (the concrete is my pier w/plate(s) on top). I was curious what the height of your (just the) steel pier is, I was looking at this pic
http://astrogab.ning.com/photo/new-paramount?context=user
Did you keep it the same (adjust the new height w/your concrete elevation) Thanks, Marc

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