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Observation by Alan Snook: "Garage for my classic car"

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Alan Snook


2020 Aug 06 - 19:01


2020 Aug 06 - 19:23




"Garage for my classic car"

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Just finished the ground-works for the dome collected from Somerset back in February, the one that was advertised for sale in the December 2019 Journal. It's been quite a job. Expected some help but with lock-down I've ended up doing the whole lot single-handed. It's had to be set down in the ground a bit for (a) planning (the dome is big) and (b) to reduce the shading of a nearby greenhouse on the NE side. The plinth is for the Hysom/AE telescope which I acquired as not much more than a wreck in early 2017 and have been renovating. It's a 14-inch f5/f21 Classical Newtonian Cassegrain. It's a challenge assembling the massive fork mount and OTA with it sitting on the workshop floor so I'm anxiously looking at that plinth and wondering how on earth I get it up there. A non-astronomer friend whom I stayed with while visiting Somerset was a bit perplexed by the idea of acquiring the dome. Suddenly his face lit up with understanding. "Ah" he said "this is like getting a garage for your classic car."

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Jeremy Shears
Jeremy Shears, 2020 Aug 07 - 10:42 UTC

Looks like you are off to a good start, Alan. Do record your progress on here. And maybe prepare something for a BAA publication when it's complete. 

Good luck with the build!


Neil Morrison
Neil Morrison, 2020 Aug 07 - 16:15 UTC

Just a few Ideas .. Long ago the local  Rover troup were always a source of  muscle power. A frames and  ropes were  great  fun in  hoisting things around.  Perhaps a local  garage or   Car enthusiast  has a  frame  used to lifting car engines  out of the Chases  may be a thought.   Best of  Luck but   watch that you do not  hurt  your back  so easily  done .  

Paul Leyland
Paul Leyland, 2020 Aug 08 - 21:09 UTC

I am sure that one day your plinth will come ...

... to have a telescope on it.

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