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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's Time to Get Started



 



Most of the bench testing (software and hardware) has been completed. It’s time to start construction! The area for the observatory has been cleared and leveled. Kiley and Lucky were kind enough to lend a hand. Oops, I meant to say, “paw”. Lucky inspected the area and gave the “Official Seal of Approval” by rolling in the dirt and making a mess of himself.

 
Looks good. Start digging!

 Lucky inspects the site. Kiley is the supervisor.
 
 
Let me roll and make sure everything is good to go.
 
 
 
So far, so good.
 

 
Very nice!
 
You're approved. Start digging!
The dimensions of the square shaped hole will be 3feet x 3feet x 2 feet. What’s the hole for George? Lucky seems to think it’s for a koi pond…dreamer. Nope, I’ve been there and done that. Instead, the hole is for a concrete pier that will support the telescope. The hole needs to be large enough to support a heavy scope and deep enough to prevent frost from lifting the pier.

 

Where's the koi?
Excavating the hole has been relatively easy considering the ground is riddled with rocks. I’ll finish digging the hole this week and begin forming a rebar cage for the base and the pier. Stay tuned…        George

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