I have been a bit swamped between work and bad weather this Spring. The final pieces for my pier are here and I will have some time to begin the final machining of the pier plates and welding the unit together. Once this is complete the concrete pier will be poured and ground breaking on the new observatory will finally take place delayed by two months.
I was able to get a 4 by4 stainless steel beam with 1/2″ thick wall for construction of the steel portion of the pier. This unit is 52 inches long and weighs between 70-90lbs. I ordered two 12 inch pieces of steel plate which I will machine and weld to the stainless steel pier. Welding to stainless is a bit tricky but can be accomplished. The fumes are highly toxic and one must protect themselves when welding stainless.
My schedule is freeing up a bit, I look forward to commencing with the construction soon. I have most of July free to work on the Observatory and will also be visiting with Ray Shore of Astrophotography Tonight, who is flying up to the northeast for a week long visit. If things work out, Ray and myself will have time to throw together some instructional videos on the CGEM and some miscellaneous topics during his visit.
I will be sure to take some photos and videos of the observatory construction once ground breaking starts and will post them to DaltonSkyGazer blog. I look forward to hopping back into astrophotography and processing images once the observatory is back up. Once this task is accomplished, I will focus once again, on providing a variety of articles and reviews for the CGEM, LX-200 Gps , along with my Celestron Edge 800HD.