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Aoptimus Berhane

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2018, 11:39:04 PM »
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A standard-height table puts a StarBlast too high for use when sitting in a chair -- and a bit low for most adults when standing. Any inexpensive standard-height table will also be wobbly enough to make the scope hard to use at high magnifications. Should be OK at 50X, though.

The ideal solution is to build a support for the OneSky; then you can tailor it precisely to your own specifications. Found objects such as 10-gallon paint buckets and milk crates can also work well.

I'm looking for something to take to dark sites, etc. Paint buckets won't work there

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2018, 03:43:11 AM »
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I'm looking for something to take to dark sites, etc. Paint buckets won't work there
Sure they will, as long as you can put them in your car. It's also very easy to find standard folding chairs for around $20.But as I said, building your own support is by far the best solution. All it needs is a scrap of plywood, a length of 2x2 or 2x4, an electric drill, and a decent saw.

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2018, 04:44:08 AM »
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I highly recommend the Starbound chair. Very comfortable (though at first it may not look like it), sturdy, and adjustable to any height.
An adjustable-height chair is overkill for a StarBlast. One of the beauties of a short Dob is that your head height varies just a few inches as the scope moves from the horizon to the zenith. So a conventional chair is more than adequate as long as the scope is supported at the appropriate height.

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2018, 12:06:51 AM »
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I'm looking for something to take to dark sites, etc. Paint buckets won't work there
Sure they will, as long as you can put them in your car. It's also very easy to find standard folding chairs for around $20.
But as I said, building your own support is by far the best solution. All it needs is a scrap of plywood, a length of 2x2 or 2x4, an electric drill, and a decent saw.
I forgot to tell you I don't drive. I can't do this to somebody I'm riding with.

Eric Castillo

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2018, 12:20:44 PM »
In that case, the roll up table and a standard camp chair may be your best bets. You can leave the sturdy table or paint bucket on your balcony. Just make sure to put it on some cardboard or plastic to keep any rust off the balcony.

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 12:52:38 PM »
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As I said, building your own support is by far the best solution. All it needs is a scrap of plywood, a length of 2x2 or 2x4, an electric drill, and a decent saw.
<p class="citation">QuoteI forgot to tell you I don't drive. I can't do this to somebody I'm riding with.[/quote]I built my 3-legged table so that the scope nests inside it when the table is turned upside down. In that configuration, it takes up barely more room than the scope itself. See the pictures in this blog post.

Brandon Hughes

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2018, 07:37:02 PM »
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As I said, building your own support is by far the best solution. All it needs is a scrap of plywood, a length of 2x2 or 2x4, an electric drill, and a decent saw.
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I forgot to tell you I don't drive. I can't do this to somebody I'm riding with.

I built my 3-legged table so that the scope nests inside it when the table is turned upside down. In that configuration, it takes up barely more room than the scope itself. See the pictures in this blog post.
Really like that table. Couldn't build that one from scratch where I live, though Also my apt manager has strict rules against something like paint buckets on the balcony, though I think they'd allow something like that table or something for outdoors. I'm sorry I wasn't specific about my living and driving situation earlier. I'd probably not want to just leave a table and chair sitting out on my balcony when not in use anyway. Nice article, BTW.

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Re: Inexpensive table and chair
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2018, 11:43:11 AM »
Google drummers chair. They are sturdy and heavy duty and most come with wheels a lots of adjustment up and down.
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