George has finally found his "Home Sweet Home" after 14 years of searching. George convinced Erika to move back to Japan, but it has been an uphill struggle. There are many problems that lie ahead for George and Erika before they can finally call Japan, "Home Sweet Home". Please join them as they face the difficulties and celebrate the successes. The journey promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
Summer in Tsukahara
Spring in Tsukahara
Sunday, March 13, 2016
This morning the ScopeDome passed through the Suez Canal and the
Red Sea on its way to Singapore. Meanwhile
back at home, the observatory platform is almost complete. The lumber arrived
last week. Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperating.
100VAC and 200VAC will be available at the pier
Working between the snow flakes and raindrops I
managed to get all the planks down. The platform still needs a couple of coats
of stain. Before installing each board, I gave the undersides a coat of stain. I
want this deck to last a long time.
The pier is isolated from the
platform to prevent any vibrations from being transmitted to the telescope
imaging equipment. The equipment is extremely sensitive to movement and must
remain rock solid while imaging. The gap between the platform and pier will be
filled with foam backer rod to prevent any uninvited guests from entering the
CAT 6 cable is available for remote imaging
Before staining, all of the
knots will be filled with epoxy and sanded smooth.