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#1 Astrodj

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:40 PM

40+ years of observing without a proper chair, making do with this or that, rarely being very comfortable...finally done with that! The little folding metal stool I have been using collapsed on me the other night, always a fun little surprise, right? Spilled me over onto the ground like I'd been shot.

So, today I ordered the Smart Seat C3 (looks exactly the same) from Frank at BuyAstroStuff. I called to make sure they had them in stock first, they do.

I am so pumped! $125 shipped. I just had to share my enthusiasm! I have waited much too long to do this. :woohoo:

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

Once you start using your new chair you will wonder why you didn't get one a long time ago. Enjoy your new found comfort.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:34 PM

I could not observe without my adjustable chair as my back couldn't take it. It's usually the first accessory I suggest when one buys a dob. Enjoy the comfortable views. :grin:

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:26 PM

lol,I wish I had one, my poor back having to deal with a new routine.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:23 PM

Congrats, that sure beats a 3 step, folding step stool. I guess that's a poor man's observing stool, but I prefer to observe upright it's easier on my back.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:26 PM

I have the same chair! Excellent choice. It's light but very strong, and will adjust to any position. There are no presets. It works well at star party because it can be repositioned quickly.

You're going to love being comfortable and being able to relax and enjoy your telecope more. :waytogo:

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

I use a Starbound, but no matter. Any chair is better than no chair; it lets me concentrate on what's in the eyepiece, rather than trying to shift my weight around to keep my back from hurting.
You will absolutely find your time at the eyepiece more productive and comfortable.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:03 PM

Went through a Walmart stool with an 8 inch dob. Then a Starbound then a Stardust Chair and finally, made my own. The one I made I hope will be my final chair. Congrats on your first chair, it makes a world of difference!

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:52 PM

I have that chair also. I did a lot of research before I bought mine and I am glad I got it. It is so easy and quick to adjust the height. Had it for a couple of months now and it has performed flawlessly.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 12:24 AM

Congrats! I love observing with a chair so much that I will almost suggest buying an observing chair before buying the actual scope! :lol:

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies! My chair has already shipped from Denver so I'm in for some cloudy weather in a day or two probably...

I considered different options and scoured the CN forum to help me make up my mind. So many helpful and knowing people here! It seems every choice has some kind of drawback to it, either weight, cost, effort to build, design differences, etc.

The chair I finally decided on was the one that seems to fit the bill for me and has a pretty good price point. I will no doubt appreciate it even more having done without for so long!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:25 AM

That looks like a good choice at a reasonable cost. I may have to get one of them. Anyone comment on the seat padding, I have a bony butt and need padding:)

Right now I have been using a cheap office chair on the patio which has wheels and some height adjustment, but no good on the lawn. A chair is a must with an SCT scope and makes my observing very comfortable at the eyepiece.

Thanks for your post!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

I use the Starbound chair and am pretty happy with it.
But at dark site gatherings I'm surprised to see dozens of people with no chair and just a handful of people using them.
They definitely make the night more enjoyable.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

. Anyone comment on the seat padding, I have a bony butt and need padding:)


The seat padding is pretty good, not as substantial as say a drummers stool would be, but I find it to be sufficient.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

I need to get a chair myself. I'm currently using a drum throne which does well at low to medium angles of the 16". Standing and observing at zenith is fine with me also but there's someplace around 60 degrees where the chair or standing doesn't cut it.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

I used to sit on the arm of a pvc chair, bend over until my back hurt or kneel on a stool. The problem with all of that besides the discomfort is that your eyes can't relax and pick up fine details. When you are truly still and relaxed you see a whole lot more, you won't get so worn out, and you'll enjoy your telescope more. It took me 2 years to make the investment, but it's probably one of the most important accessories I have.

This chair does not have a lot of thick padding. The comfort lies in the correct placement of your body in relation eyepiece.

I've pinched my finger in the seat and frame when breaking down my astronomy gear and have learned to secure them together with a bungie cord for transport.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

About the padding..

One idea I read about that seemed interesting was to use a Therm-a-seat pad like this, and velcro it to the seat.

I tried one out in the local store (they had a big box of them in camo for hunting season) and it felt pretty cushy. It's about 9-10" in diameter, 4" thick, and light as a feather. I'm going give that a try with my new chair, if I feel like it needs it.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 12:23 AM

This chair does not have a lot of thick padding. The comfort lies in the correct placement of your body in relation eyepiece.



I believe you hit the nail on the head about comfort. There's more to it than a cushy tushy.


I've pinched my finger in the seat and frame when breaking down my astronomy gear and have learned to secure them together with a bungie cord for transport.



That's a nice tip, and good to know.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

That's a great idea! I'll get that chair for $125 and then the cushion for $7.

Thanks all:)

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

I just made a LYBAR chair at the cabin out of scrap 2x8. It looks like:

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okay, that looks wierd but I designed it to be 20", 16" and around 12-14" whatever way you spin it. It was cheap to make (free) and it does very well for a young man. Eventually I will get a nice adjustable chair but before that this will suit me fine.

Grats on the chair, it makes a huge difference.

EDIT: Well, that didn't work, just imagine the right side should look like the left. here, let me add periods which your mind can blank out. The solid lines are the peices of wood. Man, a picture speaks a thousand words...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

Bob, I stand corrected on the chair you are looking at getting. I am currently sitting on mine waiting for it to get dark tonight and I am realizing that the cushion isn't all that. It is about position and not backside comfort for sure!
Of course it was pretty cold last weekend and I had more clothing on than tonight. 30 last weekend and 80 right now...

Excellent suggestion by DJ on the cushion! I may run to the store right quick to something for mine!

Matt

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

I was out of town so it didn't matter much, but for those interested I recieved the chair on Friday (placed the order on Wednesday). A+ to Frank at BuyAstroStuff!

Feeling good Lewis!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:30 AM

Take a pic with your new chair at the scope:)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:57 PM

I waited awhile to get my chair (not as long as you :grin:)

For the first couple weeks I had it I found myself occasionally forgetting I could adjust the height after switching targets. I had become so used to stretching and contorting.

You'll love it!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

As soon as it quits raining, I will! Pic that is.






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