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Jose Melo

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2018, 01:24:25 PM »
I used a cheap bar stool from wally world,($12 Canadian) made out of solid wood all you need is a screwdriver, drilled a hole in the middle for the ground board bolt to sit in plus a set of cork sticky pads, the feet of the Starblast hung over the edge for security, the Starblast has gone but the stool still does service with my 130 Heritage collapsable dob, TD.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2018, 05:51:37 PM »
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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

These are nice, Jon. I wish I lived closer so you could do mine. I wouldn't trust myself with a drill or any electric tool, BTW

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2018, 06:24:19 PM »
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I used a cheap bar stool from wally world,($12 Canadian) made out of solid wood all you need is a screwdriver, drilled a hole in the middle for the ground board bolt to sit in plus a set of cork sticky pads, the feet of the Starblast hung over the edge for security, the Starblast has gone but the stool still does service with my 130 Heritage collapsable dob, TD.

Do you have a link for this stool? I have looked and have not found it.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2018, 07:48:16 PM »
If it(table/box/crate/bucket) is only taken outside the apartment and onto the balcony whilst you are viewing(night, darkness) i cant see the problem anyone would have with what it looks like. Drape a lil table cloth over it, anyone looking will be more interested in whats ON the table/crate/bucket. The scope!

A small table should NOT be left out on the balcony at all. Kids are climbers... and fast.

Check some 2nd hand furniture shops, a small side table or stool won't be hard too find and wont be expensive. Less than the cost of shipping if you bought online...

A table is a chair is a box is a bucket is a crate but picking one ain't rocket surgery.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2018, 09:23:23 PM »
Yes. Both my local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores have small wood tables and entertainment centers that could work as a table.I can also find cassette tapes there which are hard to find in most stores...

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2018, 07:08:07 AM »
I'm wondering if a "Homer" bucket from Home Depot might work...let's see, beloved has a bunch down in the garage...get beloved to bring one up and I'll try it with my 6" Starblast. Give me a couple of days...I gotta make a doggy pen for our little four legged bundle of love before Monday...Denita, if I'm successful in figuring out something that is lightweight, sturdy and easy to move, I'll make one for you. I love doing thingy hacks like this! And I'm surprised I didn't think of it before! Thank you Denita - you got my creative noggin going

PS: This won't involve cement or anything that would require a lot of set up or stand out like a sore thumb...I understand your restrictions...wanna run with this idea...

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2018, 06:17:23 AM »
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I'm wondering if a "Homer" bucket from Home Depot might work...let's see, beloved has a bunch down in the garage...get beloved to bring one up and I'll try it with my 6" Starblast. Give me a couple of days...I gotta make a doggy pen for our little four legged bundle of love before Monday...Denita, if I'm successful in figuring out something that is lightweight, sturdy and easy to move, I'll make one for you. I love doing thingy hacks like this! And I'm surprised I didn't think of it before! Thank you Denita - you got my creative noggin going

PS: This won't involve cement or anything that would require a lot of set up or stand out like a sore thumb...I understand your restrictions...wanna run with this idea...

OK with me. What is a "Homer" bucket? I'm guessing the term has to do with the Simpsons.  I PMed you on another subject. We can talk about this there. I still need to get the guidelines from my apt office as to what would be OK on the balcony, so go ahead and see what works.

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Re: Need a table for my StarBlast
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2018, 09:44:51 AM »
If you can sit in a chair out on you balcony, then your scope can sit on a stool next to you in your chair.
The only things to be determined, is how high of a platform you wish to put under the scope.
So you measure.

A platform left out on a balcony, when not in use for telescoping, will weather, become a perch for birds, and home for wasps.
Often be wet when you'd like to use it, rust if made of metal, separate when made of glued wood if not sealed via outdoor finish,
degrade from UV if plastic, bird doo deposited upon if not covered, and sometimes used by mud/paper wasps, covered or not.
So from my own experience table-top telescoping from a balcony... don't leave the raised platform base out on the balcony.
Management then doesn't get a vote.