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  • ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

    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! Thereís a long way to go, but all this certainly helps! At any rate, it gets it all moving and thatís 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.

    Australian Wildlife Photographer

    Barry Armstead Photography
    ASIGN Observatory II

  • #2
    Congrats Baz it looks awesome.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RAW RAW RAW View Post
      Congrats Baz it looks awesome.
      Thanks mate! It's also huge fun to build!

      Baz.
      Australian Wildlife Photographer

      Barry Armstead Photography
      ASIGN Observatory II

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      • #4
        Kinda like a big mechano set, only more complicated. haha. Good luck with it Baz, looking forward to seeing the final product and then the results.
        Adrian

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        • #5
          Good to see you getting back on track Baz. I like the split door setup. Good luck with the build.
          Lloyd
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          • #6
            Cheers fellas.

            Baz.
            Australian Wildlife Photographer

            Barry Armstead Photography
            ASIGN Observatory II

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            • #7
              Looking forward to seeing it finished and then a Canberra Times article with your pic of it and from it.
              Terry
              An Olympus E620 user

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              • #8
                that is great news Baz...glad to see ASIGN's resurrection
                cheers
                tim
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                • #9
                  i was wondering what happened to the idea. good luck with it barry
                  Cheers for now, IanB.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys. It was never not going to happen, it just got put off for a bit while some of my life got sorted out.

                    Baz.
                    Australian Wildlife Photographer

                    Barry Armstead Photography
                    ASIGN Observatory II

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                    • #11
                      One's life never gets sorted out - it just moves from one phase to another with different issues (from my perspective).
                      Terry
                      An Olympus E620 user

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                      • #12
                        i love everything about this -- love your dedication to the project
                        well done, can't wait to see it done
                        Nathanial
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                        • #13
                          So pleased you are getting support,some things are just meant to be, will follow this with interest ..
                          Last edited by Jcas; 19-07-2012, 01:36 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Baz,

                            I hope I've just brought a guided tour and a brief lesson in astro when you have it done.

                            Cheers, RAW

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RAW RAW RAW View Post
                              Baz,

                              I hope I've just brought a guided tour and a brief lesson in astro when you have it done.

                              Cheers, RAW
                              Mate, you have bought guided tours, more than one astro lesson and you are welcome to bring kids, spouses or friends! Thanks so much!

                              Baz.
                              Australian Wildlife Photographer

                              Barry Armstead Photography
                              ASIGN Observatory II

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                              • #16
                                congrats,

                                exciting stuff,
                                will be looking forward to seeing some pix when it is up and running
                                Stephen Davey. Nikon Shooter

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                                • #17
                                  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.
                                  Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                  Barry Armstead Photography
                                  ASIGN Observatory II

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                                  • #18
                                    Hey guys,

                                    I donated some $ to this project, I did this because I just love the idea of a bloke building an observatory in the FRONT yard of his home. That is the sort of dedication to a hobby that I like to see.

                                    I was thinking if everyone donated a small amount Barry will get it done so much quicker.

                                    I am really not a socialist or a do gooder, I believe that people should earn their way. In my opinion, Barry's contributions to my photography through his posts and info on here has earned him something from me.....and I am happy to be a part of such a cool project, I just love the philosophy....."I need a proper observatory and the front lawn is useless anyway, now where's my shovel." Now that I think of it, how the hell did you get that passed the CEO. I am willing to bet that 99.99% of wives would throw a serious wobbly if their husband even suggested this.

                                    Disclaimer: My only connection to Barry and his observatory is a donation that made to the observatory

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                                    • #19
                                      Bless ya mate! Your donation helped very nicely. I'm putting my pennies together with yours to buy the wall-framing this week!

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

                                      Progress report here.

                                      Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                      Barry Armstead Photography
                                      ASIGN Observatory II

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                                      • #20
                                        It doesn't look like much, but I got a heap done today on the observatory. Tomorrow all the studs go up. I thought I would jump in the photo and stand still for 30 seconds tonight to give a sense of scale. (I'm 6'2)

                                        Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                        Barry Armstead Photography
                                        ASIGN Observatory II

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                                        • #21
                                          Coolness! Bet the neighbours think it's a fancy gazebo ...... Great for weddings!!

                                          Good stuff can't wait to see more....
                                          Life is short, smile while you still have teeth .....
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                                          • #22
                                            I'm getting a lot of stares from passers by and traffic slowing as it passes.

                                            This weekend was a marathon of time available for building. By doing some extra cash work after hours and with help from some awesome people and generous givers, I managed to get together enough funding to buy the wall-framing.

                                            Click here for construction update.

                                            Below: Studs in place - with some minor plumbing (vertical alignment) to be done on each before they are screwed to the flexi-track top and bottom.



                                            Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                            Barry Armstead Photography
                                            ASIGN Observatory II

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                                            • #23
                                              Time to start setting up the booking schedule for visitors and toggers who want some lessons.

                                              APH discounts? Closer and more accessible than Stromlo.

                                              Well done Barry.
                                              Terry
                                              An Olympus E620 user

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by Barkly View Post
                                                Time to start setting up the booking schedule for visitors and toggers who want some lessons.

                                                APH discounts? Closer and more accessible than Stromlo.

                                                Well done Barry.
                                                No discounts mate. FREE. People have donated and hopefully will continue to donate to get this project completed. Because of this, I say tours, visits, lessons and presentations are FREE. Yes, I said FREE. Too good to be true because it's FREE? No, it's all FREE.

                                                The point I'm trying to make here, is that ASIGN Observatory II and it's service to the community is FREE.
                                                Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                                Barry Armstead Photography
                                                ASIGN Observatory II

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                                                • #25
                                                  Community service like that may just attract a government grant you know. Surely your local needs some cheese votes?
                                                  Its not paranoia if everyone is actually watching you
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                                                  • #26
                                                    Originally posted by Scottymc View Post
                                                    Community service like that may just attract a government grant you know. Surely your local needs some cheese votes?
                                                    Have you seen how much money you need to fork out first, in order to get a grant? If I had that kind of money, I wouldn't need a grant!! :P

                                                    Edit: to quantify that, I did actually contact the organisation that deals with grants, I got a lot of info back about how much money I need to send them first in order to get all the packages to make it happen.
                                                    Last edited by Barry; 01-08-2012, 09:23 PM.
                                                    Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                                    Barry Armstead Photography
                                                    ASIGN Observatory II

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                                                    • #27
                                                      Originally posted by Barry View Post
                                                      No discounts mate. FREE. People have donated and hopefully will continue to donate to get this project completed. Because of this, I say tours, visits, lessons and presentations are FREE. Yes, I said FREE. Too good to be true because it's FREE? No, it's all FREE.

                                                      The point I'm trying to make here, is that ASIGN Observatory II and it's service to the community is FREE.
                                                      And a set of steak knives. Tried to make a donation last night but it hung up - will try again tonight.
                                                      Terry
                                                      An Olympus E620 user

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                                                      • #28
                                                        Really? You need money to get a grant? wow. Typical government stuff i guess lol.
                                                        Its not paranoia if everyone is actually watching you
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                                                        • #29
                                                          I just had a reporter and photographer from the Canberra Times come and do an interview with me on the new observatory. The story and photos will run in this coming Monday's paper.

                                                          Cheers and blessings,

                                                          Baz.
                                                          Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                                          Barry Armstead Photography
                                                          ASIGN Observatory II

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                                                          • #30
                                                            Article in the Canberra Times this morning. Page three.

                                                            http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-...805-23o7v.html
                                                            Australian Wildlife Photographer

                                                            Barry Armstead Photography
                                                            ASIGN Observatory II

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