[AZ-Observing] Re: Construction Progress

  • From: "Henry De Jonge IV" <hdejonge@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:00:21 -0700

It is great that you are following your dreams.

Regards,
Henry De Jonge IV

Office: 480-926-1000
Cell: 602-206-1752
Email: hdejonge@xxxxxxx

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Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:43 PM
To: Az-Observing
Subject: [AZ-Observing] Construction Progress

I just wanted to let you all know that construction of my observatory in NM
is progressing. I have many times in the past said something that I was sure
about, but then it never happened. This time it did happen. I obtained my
building permit and am proceeding. I won't bother you again about this
because, again, my only purpose is to show that it is proceeding and not
something that disappears into never never land.

It may seem bizarre to some that I am building another observatory at my
ancient age since I already have a nice one in Dewey, Arizona. Part of the
reason for doing this is because I always wanted an observatory in a really
good observing site and so I am fulfilling a dream. Dewey is becoming very
light polluted. The NM site is almost at 8000 ft ele, above a lot of
atmosphere; Dewey is at 5140 ft ele. The NM site is at one of the best dark
skies available, a 1 on the Bortle Scale.

The other reason I am doing this is that I really like it at my NM lot. It
does not have the traffic and hustle and bustle of Arizona. Arizona is
getting very crowded and developed from one perspective although for someone
from NY city it would be considered very open. I like coming here to get
away from Arizona, although I do not think I could live here full time. I
was going to put up a small home, but then I thought killing two birds with
one stone would be best. With an observatory I can have a place to stay when
I am here, although it would still be roughing it to a degree, and I can
also have my observatory. It will be 16'x16' and two stories high like my
Dewey observatory

Floor has been poured with concrete
http://users.commspeed.net/stanlep/FloorPoured.jpg

The retaining walls have been removed
http://users.commspeed.net/stanlep/ConcreteFloor.jpg

This shows the footing extension for the block pier. The footing extends 14"
on each side of the extension http://users.commspeed.net/stanlep/Pier.jpg

This shows the footprint after being backfilled. The concrete rebar has not
been put in place yet http://users.commspeed.net/stanlep/Backfilled.jpg

This shows the 1.5" gap around the footing extension
http://users.commspeed.net/stanlep/Separation.jpg

Stan


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