Koi Pond finished - Back to Astronomy!

Posted by XTSee on 10th January , 2010

Happy New Year to all my readers.

My last blog post was back in April when I had used my XT10i telescope as a theodolite measuring levels for my new pond.

Hooray - The last slab has been laid

Hooray - The last slab has been laid

Blimey, after a whole years work on our new koi pond and patio I am only just getting back to doing some astronomy. My favourite hobby has been sorely neglected during the summer months, with us regularly not finishing work on building the pond until 9 or 10pm at night after cleaning and putting tools away. And then by the time we’ve had supper I’ve been just plain too knackered to start getting my telescopes out.

Pond complete - Morning after the opening party

Pond complete - Morning after the opening party

To celebrate we had a grand pond opening party to which all our family, friends and neighbours were invited, and about 60 people turned up. This had become a bit of a community project with regular visits from people interested to see how it was getting on. Some days we had 6 people helping, lugging bricks, blocks, cement or making tea!

The stepping stones

The stepping stones

Here are the kids trying out the stepping stones, the morning after the party in November. We had lots of booze, lots of fireworks, and quite a few hangovers the next morning.

My XT10i Telescope was also the centre of attention at the party later in the evening. Lots of people saw it in the conservatory and begged me to set it up for them to  look through. They were amazed at the view of the moon, Jupiter, and Orion nebula  which were nice easy, and pleasing objects for them to see, so I felt I did a little bit for 2009 Astronomy Year!

Standing on top of the underground filter housing

Standing on top of the underground filter housing

Here are the grand-children at the waterfall and filter end of the pond. Lara is standing on top of the lid which opens up to reveal the pump house and filters, to allow maintenance on the pond filters. Behind the wall is a 500 litre  water tank which stores waste water from the pond for watering the garden.

My wife Barb, and son-in-law Brian

My wife Barb, and son-in-law Brian

Above: Brian and my wife Barb enjoying a coffee break in the sunshine, sitting on the newly created steps that lead up to the pagoda.

The pillars for the stepping stones

The pillars for the stepping stones

The picture above gives an idea of the depth of the pond, and the sturdy construction of the stepping stones. And below is the underground filter pit which houses the bio-filters, water pumps, air-pump, ultra violet clarifier, electronic blanket weed controller, sump-pump and water level float switches, and the various electrics to control it all.

Inside the pond filter pit

Inside the pond filter pit

So now that my koi and other fish are happy in their new bigger pond, I can hopefully get back to updating my XT10 website and tell you about some of the other things I’ve been doing related to astronomy.

For instance the improvements I made to my 20×80 binoculars to make them easier to use.

20x80 Focuser Key Bolt

20x80 Focuser Key Bolt

And the electronic dew controller I have built for my Celestron C6-SGT scope.

Dew Controller electronics

Dew Controller electronics

DIY Dew Controller

DIY Dew Controller

And applying the Steve Chambers long exposure mod to my SPC900NC webcam.

That’s it for now, but more details about these things very soon.

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17 Responses to “Koi Pond finished - Back to Astronomy!”

  1. 10x42 waterproof binoculars (1 comments)

    Cool, there is actually some good points on here some of my readers will maybe find this relevant, will send a link, many thanks.

  2. materialbustillo (1 comments)

    You are the man!! Your wife is a lucky one!!

  3. event management companies (1 comments)

    You clearly know exactly what you’re doing! I love the ‘floating slabs’ in the middle of the pond - I bet you get a lot of compliments on those. You did a really pro looking job, I wonder if I could get something that looks as great as that in my back yard because we want a small water feature.

  4. stone flooring (1 comments)

    Your talents are endless. Pond looks fabulous.

  5. pond cleaning florida (1 comments)

    This pond is really nice , good job! Such a gratifying feeling to do it yourself, right?

  6. Rachel (1 comments)

    I wonder if I could get something that looks as great as that in my back yard because we want a small water feature. Pond looks fabulous.

  7. Nanocoatings (1 comments)

    Rachel, I think it will look phenomenal in your backyard!

  8. natalie @Nothwest Shooters Supply (1 comments)

    You did a really pro looking job, I wonder if I could get something that looks as great as that

  9. cathy @loving hands pet daycare (1 comments)

    what a great job u made! the pond is so nice! keep it up!

  10. raised garden beds melbourne (1 comments)

    wow this is a great addition to your garden! i really like what you have done! perhaps form raised garden beds would be a good addition? complement it with a vegetable garden? perhaps “Aquaponics”? Thanks and hello from Melbourne, Australia.

  11. alex (2 comments)

    You clearly know exactly what you’re doing! I love the ‘floating slabs’ in the middle of the pond - I bet you get a lot of compliments on those. You did a really pro looking job, I wonder if I could get something that looks as great as that in my back yard because we want a small water feature.

  12. sandiego computer repair (1 comments)

    Your Koi pond is amazing, even more so that you built it yourself. Would you by chance be able to provide some kind of blueprint for the build as I am interested in constructing my own Koi pond. Thanks in advance.

  13. Scott @Classic Photo Booth Rental (1 comments)

    wow! I like this . Thank you for sharing the idea on how to make a koi pond look so good. I am planning to construct a simple pond at home yet now I do have an idea on how to enhance it and make it an extra ordinary pond.

  14. Landscaper (1 comments)

    Wow, what an amazing koi pond. I think it’s great that you built it yourself and now you have a wonderful centerpiece for your yard.

  15. Aquaponics Gardening (1 comments)

    The pond looks really great, I love how the bricks look. Have you heard of using Koi for use with Aquaponics?

  16. indian slate tile (1 comments)

    I like your pond idea especially the stepping stones and it’s looking very beautiful but tell me one thing why did you use this type of flooring?? If you use stone or marble flooring around the pond then it would be very graceful and might be cheaper than this flooring.

  17. Deck Builders Brisbane (1 comments)

    What a cool idea. I ‘d like something like this built into one of our decks


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