"Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy?
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:20 PM
Dang! Cheap and no wires or batteries!
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:37 PM
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:45 PM
HO ! DUDE ! That brings back memories...I use to play with those when I was young ! Cool idea
I just love my 'Tinker Toy' micro focuser.
Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:26 PM
Soooo - if warmed bubble wrap keeps dew at bay - might an overlay of FOILED bubble wrap "dew" it a little longer?
Reflectix (aluminized mylar) made for insulation but works great on scopes. I use it with my SCTs and finder scope both as a dew shield and by wrapping the OTA dew preventer. On very bad nights a second layer on the dorsal side helps. I used spray adeasive and black paint for the shield, but as it is Mylar an acrylic paint might stick without the adheasive layer.
Wrapping the the OTA can increase the cool down time; simply remove the wrap before the cool down period.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:15 PM
A trip to a specialty plumbing store turned up a "PVC Connector". They are sold in various sizes and not expensive. I paid around $4 for this one which made my little scope much more robust in construction. Not shown is the rubber connection tube which was not needed for astro use.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:38 PM
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:43 PM
I'll post a picture when completed.
Frankfort. KY USA
Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:15 PM
Posted 15 April 2013 - 07:10 AM
I already have a can of flat black spray paint I bought at Lowe's too for the interior of some 80mm scopes I built. One tube was PVC, the other was metal. Seemed to work out fine. Don't recall the paint brand, but I'll take a look. I liked how flat an unreflective it was, as I recall.
Frankfort KY USA
Posted 15 April 2013 - 05:01 PM
Doesn't specifcally mention plastic or similar, but I've used it on PVC with no issues. 'Course, that was inside a homemade refractor tube. Not much wear and tear there!
Frankfort KY USA
Posted 29 April 2013 - 06:31 PM
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Posted 02 May 2013 - 12:15 AM
-dew shield from a black snow slider and some stick on velcro
-a $8 three legged folding stool from CT that is just the right size for sitting at my 8SE
-$1 camera bags from yard sales for carrying EPs, batteries, filters etc
- $10 cooler from a yard sale that perfectly fits the box my OTA came in and also has a separate compartment at one end for solar filter, notebooks etc
-gear keepers (http://www.gearkeeper.com/) for keeping things close to hand
-dollar store red vinyl table cloth and rubber bands for enough flashlight covers to outfit several scout troops
Posted 03 May 2013 - 01:18 PM
Posted 27 June 2013 - 03:59 PM
Having said that, if I ever survive a nuclear holocaust, I will want to hang around with you people.
Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:16 AM