|Pile 'o dome parts.|
First task was to clean up the dome parts. I had 2 years of Renton "fallout" on the dome and had to give it a good scrubbing. Also, there was some tar gunk on it that I never was able to remove before. I worked on that some more with a heat gun, Goof Off, oven cleaner and lot of scraping. It came off ok finally, but left a brown stain on the flange. I cleaned it up well, put some primer and paint on the parts and it looks as good as new now.
|Painting the parts to make them pretty.|
|Scrubbing the dome.|
|Open the pod bay doors Hal.|
|"Catadioptric" telecope mount?|
smaller, lower, and more efficient observatory this time where I'll avoid all (or most?) of the mistakes I did before on the old Astro-shack. This one will be 10x10 feet, walls about 5 feet high with the dome on top. I'll have a lower cement pier just under floor level, and then have a metal pipe/pier type of thing on top for the scope. I'm still looking into how to do that.
Next....drawings of ideas.