Camper Build 9/16/2018

I built the lid shown previously but it was too heavy. I didn’t take the weight of the paint into consideration and I used an entire gallon of paint on it as glue. I was surprised too. I need to be able to lift with one hand while raising a wall and it was too much. So I free cycled it to someone to use as a slightly elevated platform. The new lid will forego the plywood and be Foamular, possibly 2″, skinned with canvas. That should reduce the weight by about 80 lbs maybe more. I hate the wasted material but there was nothing to do about it.

Camper Build 8/11/2018

It’s been a while since I posted about the camper build. Two months to be exact. I kind of had other pits to put my money into for a bit and also had to wait for some back ordered items to come in. Those items were reasonably priced aluminum piano hinges and a low profile roof vent.
So here we see the hinges in action connecting the flip-up panels to the walls. In the first picture they are folded down, like a box, then up in the next. The flip up panels will lift the ceiling by 15 inches so that I can get the camper in and out of the garage and still stand up inside, even if I grow three inches.
Finally the “lid” as everyone agrees it should be called. It’s upside down now, the exterior plywood that will be the top on the floor then 1 inch of rigid foam and then 5 mm interior plywood that will be the ceiling, All glued together with paint. I’ll let that set with cat litter on top for about a week. As it is, the lid is about 90 pounds. If I’ve messed it up and it sags then people who have done this before recommend 2 inch foam and no plywood, just the canvas skin. That would eliminate about 60 pounds.

7/1/2018 – Jupiter and Saturn

Here are two images from Saturday night at the River Ridge Observatory. Both were shot with a monochrome camera using red, green, and blue filters and a 9.25″ SCT. Each color was picked from the best 50% of about 3000 frames (30 seconds of video). Stacked then aligned and combined in Photoshop. Jupiter was shot with 10 millisecond exposures while Saturn required 50 millisecond. Saturn was barely above the trees and I should have waited but frankly it is near the southern limit of its journey around the Sun and doesn’t get too high. Jupiter was just past the meridian. I may work with it some more when I have time, the raw footage looked like it would be better than this.