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  1. #551
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    All good stuff. I really enjoy seeing the pics and posts and, that you've kept this thread up.
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    Going to start trying and shooting some all sky images for under the dome. I couldn't resist a 180 degree shot under the dome at well.full dome upload.jpg4K picture for web 600 lines.jpg

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    These images are spectacular, MORE MORE MORE ! This is the sister machine, and the dome I can only dream about.
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    You know that if you get me started I might shut down the server with all my posts.

    Anyway, feeling sorry for myself and thinking myself rather stupid for doing this, I was rewarded with this...WP_20150922_18_10_52_Pro.jpgWP_20150922_18_10_16_Pro.jpg...so I guess I must continue forever.

    Had an interesting group waiting for a show the other day...is this where the next show is.jpg

    If you guys want more, just say so. I could go on forever, just ask SpitzSTP.

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    Here we have a like-new Spitz 1024 planetarium projector with console and lots of extra's recently removed from a college in Baltimore. MD coming off the truck last week in Phoenix, AZ. The equipment sat in a defunct planetarium, totally in the dark, for a very long time. There were a number of spiders in there who were quite surprised to see me show up with my tool bag. The console booted right up and the star machine emerged from the pit jet black in all its glory, with stars shining on the dome. I time transported for awhile before any cables were pulled. A custom 10 foot high gantry had to be built from local lumber in order to safely extract the machine and lift the 650-pound console up about 4 feet from the floor in order tp pull cables without cutting. When finished the extraction, I had quite a collection of small cuts and bruises and must have looked as if I had met an alley cat out back. This all fit neatly in a 26 foot box truck, vindicating myself for all those who mocked me for the massive size of this box truck when I showed up. These things cannot be stacked and must ride home in its own footprint. There were numerous extras that came in the aux rack and from above the dome, consisting of spfx projectors, JBL studio monitors, and a rack full of audio gear. Much of the Spitz equipment was crated or placed on custom built dollies which were built onsite and I refused to be hurried through that process. One extreme challenge was navigating the narrow side streets of Baltimore in this giant truck only a bit north of Washington, DC.
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    You've done it again, Spitz! Congratulations on the successful move and preservation of yet another "star-treasure"!

    -David
    "Help, help, I'm being repressed!"

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    Awww.... I'm less than an hour from Baltimore. Would have loved to come observe/help.
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    Fantastic!... and well done. Even though I live in the UK and probably have zero chance of ever coming into contact with these things, I absolutely love reading of your exploits and what you're doing to save these magnificent beasts.

    Keep up the great work, I for one find it fascinating so please keep posting!

    Cheers

    Jem
    Quote: "There is a theory which states that if ever, for any reason, anyone discovers what exactly the Universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another that states that this has already happened.... Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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    More congratulations are in order Sir! I have never seen a black one and it is stunning!

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    I'm a laser/optic freak, lurked for here for years, Im also on LPF (laser pointer forums) with the same user name, low post count though.

    I registered to say if you need any help in the DC/MD/VA area just let me know. I could always free up a few days for something like this! Not looking for anything in return, just the experience. FYI, I'm a Master Electrician with 25+yrs experience in commercial/industrial/mission critical enviroments, so I do have tools/skills which may speed up your mission.

    BTW, you're nuts with these balls to the walls, all in a weekend fly/pack a van/drive marathons! I dont know how you perform at your day job come Monday, or stay married??!! Lol!

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    I certainly can use all the help I can get! Particularly on these long distance trips. It would make it alot easier to jockey two vehicles if there were two drivers (one for small trips, the other the large truck) - I had to keep getting taxis in between the two. I lost two days onsite in Baltimore - the first day I got caught up in the closure of all lanes of I-695 due to a fatality accident. I sat in traffic for 5 hours - all I needed was a tool at Harbor Freight in the other end of town. This was a fatality accident so I won't complain further about the lost day, but point being, this is the type of thing that can happen, The second day lost was a result of miscommunication at the college where some of the security staff were unaware of my presence, repeatedly stopping the work and reaching for walkie talkies. It would have been better if one person were onsite to handle these matters while the other goes to fetch things. I had to rent two vehicles, truck and minivan as the side roads around Baltimore can be a nightmare for a 26' box. Lost track of how many taxi rides but this did teach me the roads in the area, to see how the cabbies do it. Thanks also to Jem, Brad, and BarthChris for mentioning that they could have helped if they had known I was in the area. I never stopped to think that everyone who reads these posts are certainly spread all over the globe. I attached a couple of pictures of the console which is now serving as house stereo until I can get the projector assembled. I just connect my laptop to the patchbay and launch Soundcloud. The Hafler amplifier is not that powerful but it sounds fine with the four studio monitors that were fetched from behind the dome. As for the wife, I am blessed with a woman who supports me. Life is good! p.s. check out the ancient 20-bit ADAT. I did not make it home on time, I made it as far as Holbrook, AZ on straight shot from MD and that was just plain nuts.
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    Anyone interested in assisting with a planetarium projector removal in the Chicago vicinity? Can cover some expenses. Send PM.

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