Observing Chair at Last
Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:58 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:06 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:33 AM
Two things I'll (almost) never do again:
1. monoviewing (even for DSO's, a binoviewer is vastly superior IMHO) 2. chairless viewing.
My God, now I'll even set up just so I can sit outdoors with a mug of hot tea on my comfy chair, meditate, pray, and occasionally peek into the scope! Starwatching was always a beautiful adventure, but now it is (again) a joy!
Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:01 PM
... bought a Stardust chair... What a huge difference the chair made! Even at zenith with my 16" f/4.5 dob, I can sit in total relaxed comfort.
My experience is similar... have had the Stardust for a long while, even before i went Dob ~6 years ago; with the seat at the top rung, i can perch comfortably for viewing near zenith with my 15" F4.55 Dob! The very top 10* circle at zenith works better for me standing- but that's probably height-dependent... i'm guessing you're fairly tall?
The 'C3' chair the OP acquired certainly looks tempting, tho... its 15# weight is an attractive factor, and its seat-area is clearly larger! OTOH, the Stardust chair adjusts over a notably greater range- 13-35" versus the C3's 18-33"... and with a Dob, you WILL very likely use BOTH extremes!
The only downside to the Stardust i've found is the relatively narrow seat- one which does NOT extend to the vertical support-rail. I love to, at times, lean my back against the rail to stretch, or enjoy a little naked-eye astronomy... taking a break from the eyepiece(s). Doing so with the Stardust puts your fanny onto the hard edge of the seat, and is decidedly uncomfortable! I've used a friends 'C3' seat (i *think* that's what it was?), and the larger seat area, which extends farther back to the support rail, was really, really, comfy!
I'm afraid the more i consider this matter, the more likely i'm gonna break down & end up with *BOTH* chairs!
MHO, as well! But i know this varies by the user. Nice to have choices, eh?
for DSO's, a binoviewer is vastly superior IMHO
Enjoy that new Stardust!
Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:56 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:38 PM
That's as high as it goes, but I am a short person, and have no trouble relaxing, easily adjusting my eye position to my binoviewers. So the chair is much better than I'd hoped.
Now, however, I'm thinking of getting an EQ platform, so that I can have tracking on this scope. (Goto packages seem to be too expensive.) But an EQ platform will add 4.5" to scope height, so there will go my seated zenith viewing.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:48 PM
I'd be interested how you like the comfort of the padded seat when you get it. It's on my next "buy" list:)
Having used the chair for a few months now I can say I agree with others who said being at eyepiece height is what makes the chair comfy, not so much the padding.
That said, I do like the inexpensive pad with strap/loop that slips over the inner back bar support. It is much warmer on the seat in winter, as well as being softer. It fits pretty well, makes the seat effectively larger, and stays in place with the web loop the seat comes with.
Here are some shots of the chair and cushion combo.
Chair and cushion folded:
Unfolded, cushion hanging in back:
Unfolded, cushion in front:
No velcro needed!
Sorry about the delay in posting pics, but since the thread got bumped I thought I might as well take the opportunity.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:25 PM
Where did you find the pad?
Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:14 AM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:10 AM
It's a great observing chair and an outstanding value. My modification plan is to cover the seat with something a bit more visible and less slippery. I just need to get to the fabric store to look through their upholstery remnants.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:04 AM
That's a comprehensive review which pretty much sums it up. You are about 39 years smarter than me for getting a proper chair right away!
It is nice to hear a comparison with the Starbound Chair also. Obviously there are some subtle differences that would appeal to different people.
Another chair I have had a chance to use (not own) was the Stardust Chair. Hands On Optics carries it. The fellow I purchased my 10" dob from has one and I had the chance to use it a couple of times when taking a peek through his most awesome 16" Teeter Dob. I think it is a better chair than mine overall, more robust, and just a high quality feel to it in every regard. A tad more cumbersome to adjust, and a little heavier to tote, but a great feel when observing in it. Just one more perspective.
I am contented enough with my chair that I can live without having the better, or best stuff (can you say Catsperch?), as long as I have something decent! Resin chairs indeed!