Sunday, 31 January 2010

Goin’ Nuts!!

These are all the parts of the top of Bizibilders pier – As you can see mainly nuts, washers and studs – All will become clear soon… IMG_0029
The assembled Pier head.  The reason that it has two plates is so that Bizibilder has access to the bolt under the upper plate – this will eventually hold the telescope mounting proper to the head of the pier. IMG_0031
Another view of the whole assembly.  The “silver” parts are only BZP (Bright Zinc Plated) and are NOT rustproof!!  Bizibilder intends to paint everything once it is set up in the observatory.  If this doesn’t work, he will have to invest in some stainless steel parts (which are ridiculously expensive!!). IMG_0032

Bizibilder's Hacksaw Machine

Bizibilder found it very dull watching his homemade hacksaw machine cutting the studding for his pier head - So he decided to interest himself by videoing the process! Now you're bored as well!!

I bet you watched it more than once!! Mesmerising isn't it?

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

A Lick of Paint

The pier has now had a couple of coats of Hammerite and is beginning to look smart!  Bizibilder will leave well alone until the weekend to ensure that the paint is fully dry before assembling the pier in the Observatory at the weekend.  Advice from the good folk at “Stargazers Lounge” (Forum) is to fill the pier with dry sand to eliminate any “ringing” vibrations. IMG_0017

Saturday, 23 January 2010

The End of the Pier show (Act Two)

The pier for Bizibilders Observatory has returned from the welder and appears to be a pretty impressive (and heavy!) beast.  Including the upper fittings (not in the photo) it weighs just over 90 pounds! IMG_0009
The welder has done an excellent job it seems!  This close up shows his work off rather well.

The next job is to check that the beastie still fits on the prepared bolts set into the concrete base and then a lick of paint to make it look pretty (and keep rust at bay)

Sunday, 17 January 2010

The last post!

All the bits for the mount adaptor – Bizibilder finally got around to turning the azimuth pin (the half square, half round bit on the right). IMG_0003
The pin in situ on the adaptor – now all i have to do is wait for the pier to arrive, paint it and assemble everything!! IMG_0005

Saturday, 16 January 2010

I need Professional help!!

Bizibilder has finally had to call in the professionals again!  After being snowed in for almost four weeks(!!) he has finally been able to take the parts of the telescope pier to the steel fabricators for welding.  It should be completed sometime this week.

We are all eagerly awaiting a picture of the finished article!!!