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Peralta Trails Home Observatory II

In November of '07, I started planning an upgrade to my home observatory, basically a pad in the side yard. It recently occurred to me this could be used as a model for the Peralta Trail Elementary School observatory that I've been pitching to the local elementary school principal. A couple weeks ago, I spotted a piece of 6+ inch pipe at Beeman Pump Supply in Apache Junction. Picked it up for $35 and took it to the machine shop where I had the previous pier at MountainBrook Village made ( http://www.pbase.com/wjshaheen/image/42311952/large ). Had them weld on top and bottom plates and gussetts. On Nov. 3, 2008, concrete was poured. Here's a link to the "temporary" set-up that had been up and was in use for over a year - http://www.pbase.com/wjshaheen/peralta_trails_observatory
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Celestron 9.25 EdgeHD and SBIG ST-8300M
Celestron 9.25" EdgeHD and SBIG ST-8300M