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Ghassan Pham

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Need a table for my StarBlast
« on: December 27, 2017, 02:01:04 PM »
I may have asked this before, but I haven't had any luck finding a cheap, non wobbly table
for my Orion StarBlast tabletop scope. It's medium sized, and when I tried to use my end table, it wobbled too much. I can't make one, because I live in a very small apartment with strict rules about patio furniture as well as not using substitutes like milk crates. I get housing assistance, so they also have rules, too. ( Believe me, I'm not exaggerating,OK? ) Like some of you know, I'm on a tight budget, and I need something not too expensive.



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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 03:25:21 PM »
We can ship you some legs. Shipping is cheap if under 24". 2x2 wood is cheap too.

Do you need something that folds small, or are permanent legs ok?

Jon will advise a twist lock between the legs, but I prefer to bolt them on and off for backpack transport.The parts are cheap. Just the tools that are up front cost. Large, thick watchers with small holes are needed. Maybe even glue the bottom one on.


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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 05:26:28 PM »
A starblast sit about high enough to sit next to, if your torso is not too tall. Therefore, two chairs, one for yourself, should work. Is this for level ground use? Dark sky? Side walk? Grass or rocky?I plan to drill a hole an inch away from each foot, or maybe even use those holes. I'll trill holes in the legs, which are cut at the correct angle. Then in goes a bolt into each one, with washer and butterfly nut. That should hold the legs on tight enough, be cheap and easy to make, and be quickly removable for backpack transport.The feet will twist extend an inch or two for uneven ground, and be Teflon sprayed for wet grass.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 12:49:36 AM »
HI: I have used a bar stool with4 metal legs (probably it was a workbench stool), I think it was from Lowes or Home Depot.It was not very expensive, green metal legs and wood top.

I added some leveling feet from McMaster Carr.

For a stool I purchased a round adjustable stool from Harbor Freight
Hope this works for you.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 07:19:32 AM »
I have a Starblast also and like you I find it hard to get a good table for it, which is important. A sturdy picnic table can work but restricts movement.

Frankly, I doubt that a good table for it can be bought.  I know you said you live in an apartment but I'd be inclined to make something out of cement.

Pour the cement into a circular mold, stick a pipe or stout piece of wood in it. Wait for cure. Turn over this mess, stick into a new circle of cement and wa la, sturdy table that won't move around when looked at.

They're making kitchen counters out of the stuff. Yeah it might be heavy.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 12:09:47 AM »
2x2x8 costs $3.
Mini coping saw costs $6.
Bolts, nuts, washers cost $6.
Wood glue, sand paper, sanding block $12
Drill bought used and resold, or bought new, cleaned, and retired: $5 for drill.

$32 for portable legs.

Grant Buchanan

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 04:01:54 AM »
You might find a collapseable small camping table on sale now that summer is done. Use some weights/rocks to secure the legs and to keep it steady.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 09:04:08 AM »
What chair are you using?

You want the focuser to be at your eye height at zenith. Once that is set, the rest falls into place nicely.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 03:31:49 PM »
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A starblast sit about high enough to sit next to, if your torso is not too tall. Therefore, two chairs, one for yourself, should work. Is this for level ground use? Dark sky? Side walk? Grass or rocky?
I plan to drill a hole an inch away from each foot, or maybe even use those holes. I'll trill holes in the legs, which are cut at the correct angle. Then in goes a bolt into each one, with washer and butterfly nut. That should hold the legs on tight enough, be cheap and easy to make, and be quickly removable for backpack transport.
The feet will twist extend an inch or two for uneven ground, and be Teflon sprayed for wet grass.
Have you seen my photos of my StarBlast? Its not so small. If you haven't check out my gallery or I can upload a photo. Im on my phone so I'll have to get back to my PC. This is a good idea, but I wanted you to see the size of the scope. I prefer to sit, so they donthave to be tall. Let me think about this. Thanks.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 03:59:24 AM »
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What chair are you using?
You want the focuser to be at your eye height at zenith. Once that is set, the rest falls into place nicely.
Right now for my balcony, I have a folding lawn chair, the type you put in a sack to carry.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 01:19:15 PM »
I have a short torso. I sat in a camping chair and was not able to look through the eyepiece of my 8" f6 dob aimed at Saturn. I would need a taller chair to use it. Fine, except for transportability. I'd love to have a 10" too, but it takes up so many seats in a car as to make me a lonely observer. Dobs also don't like uneven ground. I like my 6" f5 because it can go in the back side of a car trunk, leaving room for other gear, and leaving all the seats open for people to join me. The 6" f5 can fit in a large backpack and be carried on my bicycle. Not a bad trade off for reduced aperture.
Milk crates may be cheap, but they just don't appeal to my transportability likes.
You can get a night stand or end cap for $6 used, but you won't want to move it. Leave it out in the rain at that price.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 10:37:55 PM »
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I have a short torso. I sat in a camping chair and was not able to look through the eyepiece of my 8" f6 dob aimed at Saturn. I would need a taller chair to use it. Fine, except for transportability. I'd love to have a 10" too, but it takes up so many seats in a car as to make me a lonely observer. Dobs also don't like uneven ground. I like my 6" f5 because it can go in the back side of a car trunk, leaving room for other gear, and leaving all the seats open for people to join me. The 6" f5 can fit in a large backpack and be carried on my bicycle. Not a bad trade off for reduced aperture.
Milk crates may be cheap, but they just don't appeal to my transportability likes.
You can get a night stand or end cap for $6 used, but you won't want to move it. Leave it out in the rain at that price.

Sent you a PM with photos. Is that $32 all together, or just for the legs?

Chris Castillo

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 05:23:00 AM »
Here is a spiffy, easy to build design ---http://www.eyesonthe...eTripod2x4.aspx

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2018, 06:09:20 PM »
Where will this table be used?

What height is needed?

Could a really large plastic flowerpot be used inverted as support for the Starblast and as storage/cover when not observing?

Kyle Johnson

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2018, 03:34:35 AM »
Walmart is a good place to look for an affordable folding table. Would be about the same cost as to make one yourself. Then you can make it stronger with the how to's on line. Menards or Home Depot will cut wood for you too if it isn't too many pieces.