22th day:  26/27 Jul 2005 (8 hours)

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Completion is near... I finish the interior with different shelves and tables. The first part of the mount goes on the pier.
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The side room now looks like this. My beloved laboratory chair (I got my Ph.D. in that chair) in front of a desk for the computer. The back side of the room contains shelves for monitors and keyboards (to come). I painted everything black to ensure good dark adaption (I am still thinking about painting the chair...). Got a black radio, but no black monitors yet.

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In the telescope room there is a table to put computers or other equipment. In case I want to use the space for e.g. putting another telescope...

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...the table can be taken off and the holder folded away on two hinges.

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Using the ladder, I managed to put the first part of the mount on the pier (ca. 40 kg).

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What was missing was an adjustment possibility in azimuth, I don't know how the previous owner took care of this. I have incorporated an adjustment in my pier adapter by having two blocks with screws on the pier. These push on a block at the mount base which still has to be attached. Here I drill the hole for the thread to mount this block.

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My favorite activity: tapping! I produce a M12 thread in the mount base.

click to enlarge. <-- This image shows the mount base on the pier. In the front you can see the block which allows azimuth adjustment via two screws. The precise altitude adjustment can be done via three screws pushing on the aluminium plate on the pier. The mount was built for the latitude of the previous owner, I am about one degree further north. I expect that this can be compensated by the screws click to enlarge

At night I check whether the mount points to the pole star. The astronomy afficionado will recognise the little dipper to the upper left, the handle of the dipper in deed points towards the hole in the mount,  corresponding to the R.A. axis. The pole star is not visible in the hole because the camera was not positioned right, but it is close enough, believe me!

Prepared by dvk, 28 Jul 2005.
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