Saturday, 26 September 2009

The BIG Hole

Bizibilder has been busying himself during the last week in digging “The Big Hole”.  This will be filled with concrete to make a solid base for the mounting of his telescope. It is just over 2 feet deep and about 18” square at the top.  It is quite a bit wider at the bottom to aid stability. Big hole1
Big hole2 The saw is 24” long and is there to give some idea of the depths to which Bizibilder is sometimes prepared to go!!

Bizibilder has orientated the hole precisely.  He is not sure in which direction but it IS precise!

He was also careful to make sure that the top of the hole was at the top – to enable him to pour the concrete.  It would be an impossible task otherwise.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Bizibilder has finally managed to level the shuttering for the base of his Observatory - It took quite a while! Now all he has to do is dig a big pit in the middle to pour a large lump of concrete into. This will be the mounting for the telescope itself. You can see the extra shuttering for this job in the middle (its upside down with its legs in the air!!).

Monday, 14 September 2009

Bizibilder has just impressed himself!!
He had a few rather uninteresting pictures of the stars taken with his trusty "point and shoot" camera that were "all noise and no picture" until he started playing with the image. This is the result - the constellation Cassiopea (the "W" shape in the middle) above the roof of his house.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Observatory progress (2):

Bizibilder spent the afternoon making the shuttering needed for the base of his observatory. To keep things straight he built it in the garage and nearly discovered that it was too big to get out!! But he did manage.Shuttering1
Placing the shuttering on site showed that the excavations so far are pretty well OK – only the final trimming is required.

P.S. The whole thing is upside down – the “uprights” will be buried in the ground to keep the shuttering in place.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Observatory Progress (1):

Bizibilder has started to level the site of his new Observatory (Metal Shed!!). It did not take him long to move the soil to achieve this. The shed will encroach a little on to the lawn – as can be seen from the marker canes.Level soil
Level Mount Just to check that all was well he temporarily installed the telescope tripod and mount in its new home. It looks as if it will be clear skies tonight so a few observations of the heavens are on the cards!!

Sunday, 6 September 2009



Bizibilder has been out all day clearing the proposed site for his observatory – it is to be a metal garden shed converted to have a roof that rolls open to facilitate observing with his new telescope.  The picture shows the telescope mount and tripod in the proposed observing position.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Bizibilder has started playing with some big lumps of steel - these will become a mounting pier for his new telescope. The tube standing in the picture is 5.5" diameter and 1m long (Bizibilder always mixes his units - it makes making things MUCH more fun!!). The steel plates are 12mm thick and 9" square. He is having to file the edges by hand - good for the muscles!