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ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

 
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Jul 14, 2012 07:22 |  #1

Finally!!!

Wowee, the plan is coming together! A while back I sent my design concept and dimensions to a building engineer. A couple of weeks ago I received the engineer drawings for the structural support. The drawings look fantastic, hi-tech and very professional. And get this, the awesome guy did it for free! Last week I started buying steel and cutting, drilling, welding and assembling.

The very next day, I got a message from a company called Diversified Computing and Consulting. They have very generously donated $500 to get the observatory started and have pledged $500 every month for the next six months! Wow! I am blown away and was really lost for words. Such generosity is rare and I am sure that future patrons of this resource will be very grateful. I know I am!

I also got a $100 donation from a troop-commander of mine from my army days, two astronomy mates, a church friend, plus a pledge at tax time from my insurance broker! There’s a long way to go, but all this certainly helps! At any rate, it gets it all moving and that’s often the hardest part.

This week I have bought the bearers and cut them to size, cut the support studs and cut and drilled all the joining brackets. The welder is coming tomorrow to weld all the brackets on then I can start bolting it and erecting it!! WOOOHHOOO!!

To keep up with progress, Here's a link to the project. (external link)

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Jul 14, 2012 09:22 |  #2

always like your work, 1st rate.


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Jul 14, 2012 11:20 |  #3

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Jul 14, 2012 12:19 as a reply to  @ bonzer2u's post |  #4

Nice! :D




  
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Jul 14, 2012 16:20 |  #5

That's AWESOME! Can't wait to see it as it moves along.


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Jul 14, 2012 18:34 as a reply to  @ Firemike's post |  #6

Congratulations Baz!




  
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Jul 14, 2012 21:23 |  #7

Good to hear that Baz. Eagerly awaiting the end result!


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Jul 14, 2012 23:33 |  #8

Thanks all! The welder is coming around in an hour or two, so I'll be head-down, bum-up this afternoon!

Baz.


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Jul 19, 2012 06:26 |  #9

Slowly getting little bits done at a time now. I only get about an hour of daylight after work at the moment, so it's frantic activity the moment I get out of the car.

Progress so far. (external link)


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Jul 22, 2012 08:36 |  #10

WOOHOO! The Bearers are up! It took a few hours today and into the night, but the hardest part (heaviest) is done!

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Jul 22, 2012 11:19 |  #11

I know where I'm headed if I ever make my way to Australia again!

Looking good! I've been thinking about doing the same out on some very rural land in Florida.


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Jul 23, 2012 05:12 |  #12

All are welcome mate. That's what it's for.


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Jul 23, 2012 05:17 |  #13

Wow awesome


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Jul 24, 2012 08:45 |  #14

I'll be there one day Baz!


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Jul 24, 2012 09:10 |  #15

Looking forward to it Ron!


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