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Mark Richmond

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2018, 03:58:43 AM »
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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.

That might work. We do have Home Depot.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2018, 04:16:50 AM »
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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?

For now on my balcony at my apartment, which is why I have to be careful about what I use...

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2018, 04:36:56 PM »
I appreciate all of your ideas, and please forgive me if I "shoot down" some of them. What I should do is ask my Housing CW what is allowed and what isn't allowed on the balcony. I should of done this before starting this thread!  sorry, I just like this little guy...

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2018, 02:14:16 AM »
Clean a couple of milk-crates thoroughly, prime them with grey primer, then paint them the same colour and shade as the walls of the balcony; or whatever materials you decide to use. They should then blend right in. Besides, I would think that you'd be bringing them indoors when not in use.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2018, 03:46:12 AM »
Don't get a table at all. Sit comfortably in that camping chair, and sit the mini-dob in your lap. Adjust tube angle as needed. Pan around the sky. I've done this. Works great. Just hard to aim at planets at high power. You will be limited to 40x tops in that setup. Surprisingly stable once aimed at what you want.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2018, 08:09:10 AM »
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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.


Of all the ideas I've seen so far, this looks the best to me. I also have a Starblast and a OneSky as well (I know, too much stuff) and the barstool with the small adjustable stool sound like a great idea.

I know the OP said he had a lot of restrictions on what he can keep on the patio, but these sound small enough that one could keep them inside (heck, put a plant on it) and just take it out when observing.

Alex

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2018, 08:26:13 PM »
Three legs, if non-wobbly, work best.

A lot of these will be honestly way to expensive.
But this is to illustrate some of the shapes that are available.
And perhaps could be simply made from off the shelf parts from a home improvement of hardware store.
Without having to saw and shape wood or metal.
But rather just screw some parts together into one of these shapes.
https://www.pinteres...d-stools-ideas/

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2018, 05:26:32 AM »
I've been tempted to order this table: https://www.amazon.c...ee legged table

Otherwise I've been using a cheap side table from Walmart. It's kind of wobbly but works ok on grass or concrete. If you're on a wooden deck be aware that it too is vibrating every time you move.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2018, 05:29:20 AM »
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I've been tempted to order this table: https://www.amazon.c...ee legged table

Otherwise I've been using a cheap side table from Walmart. It's kind of wobbly but works ok on grass or concrete. If you're on a wooden deck be aware that it too is vibrating every time you move.

Hey, that kinda looks nice. May check it out.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 10:08:27 AM »
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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.


Of all the ideas I've seen so far, this looks the best to me. I also have a Starblast and a OneSky as well (I know, too much stuff) and the barstool with the small adjustable stool sound like a great idea.

I know the OP said he had a lot of restrictions on what he can keep on the patio, but these sound small enough that one could keep them inside (heck, put a plant on it) and just take it out when observing.

Alex
That'sshe. I'm a woman. Den is short for Denita

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2018, 01:42:10 PM »
Have you tried the Harbour Freight portable welding table. sorry I don't know how to post links.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2018, 03:57:48 PM »
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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.


Of all the ideas I've seen so far, this looks the best to me. I also have a Starblast and a OneSky as well (I know, too much stuff) and the barstool with the small adjustable stool sound like a great idea.

I know the OP said he had a lot of restrictions on what he can keep on the patio, but these sound small enough that one could keep them inside (heck, put a plant on it) and just take it out when observing.

Alex
That'sshe. I'm a woman. Den is short for Denita

oops, sorry about that, my apologies! :-) -Alex

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2018, 05:02:03 AM »
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Clean a couple of milk-crates thoroughly, prime them with grey primer, then paint them the same colour and shade as the walls of the balcony; or whatever materials you decide to use. They should then blend right in. Besides, I would think that you'd be bringing them indoors when not in use.
I have used a milk crate in the past to set up a 8" dob to gain height forcomfort.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2018, 12:50:43 AM »
I don't know if you need to gain some height in order to see over a railing, in which case this may not work. But another option could be to lower yourself, such as with a beach chair, and then you won't need to gain as much height for the scope. Then something simple and super stable and cheap, like cinder blocks, on which to place the scope, and use some paint and plants or something to make the cinder blocks not stand out.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2018, 08:49:14 AM »
Just a couple of pictures, I may try to talk my friend Tomykay into building something simple:

The base he built for a 6 inch Starblast, it replaces the original ground board, it's just a short table with Teflon pads.

This is a photo of the Mirascope, a 6 inch F/5 Minidob. The legs on this base are hinged so they fold for easier transport and shipping.Does anyone have a Starblast they can measure. Two things are important, the thickness and diameter of the ground board.

Jon