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#1 PeterWar

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

Hi!

I now own a skywatcher 8" F5 on an EQ5 mount, I plan to move at some point to an Obsession 12.5" or maybe 15" Classic or UC.


I would like to buy a sit that works well for my current scope and it's kinda future-proof, I live in Europe and found these two options:

Wooden sit from TS


OR

Skywatcher metal sit


Has anyone tried these two? I'm 180cm (5.9 feet) tall and live 15m away from the mediterranean see, so it'll be a pretty salty and humid environment...


Many thanks in advance!
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#2 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

Peter:

The Skywatcher chair appears to be a direct copy of the Starbound chair. The Starbound is a good chair to use with an 8 inch F/5 on a GEM.

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#3 nevy

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:59 AM

I heard that they took the skywatcher chair off the market as they were classed as dangerouse , apparently they caused accidents by collapsing or sliding down whilst using them.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

Hello PeterWar,

I am not familiar with the two chairs you mention, but the Skywatcher looks similar to the Starbound chair.

I received a Starbound for Christmas and it is a fine chair. Some of the copies of the Starbound are not as sturdy or as well made in my opinion. I also have an Obsession 12.5 and the Starbound works like it was made for that scope. I can point the scope to the zenith and be comfortably seated at the eyepiece. I am 5 ft. 11ins. The eyepiece of the Obsession 15 will be 6 inches taller. Hope this helps.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:46 PM

These work fine too, they just aren't sold as "astronomy" chairs.

http://www.amazon.co...ils_o07_s00_i00

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:32 PM

This is marketed to musicians, but I bet it would work fine for folks with smaller scopes.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

That's where I got mine.

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#8 wavelandscott

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

In my opinion a good adjustable height chair is one of the best observing aides that you can get.

I like the Stardust style as it has "fixed" rungs for the seat to fit so there is no chance of slippage.

I believe that they can be found at Hands On Optics...

I am a hefty size fellow and the Stardust chair handles my bulk and it works well for all of my scopes with no fear of the downward slide.

Clear Dark Skies to you!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:20 PM

+1 for the Stardust chair. I have had one for about 2years and have used it in summer and in the snow. Very comfortable and substantially built. The fixed rungs and hooks on the seat make a reassuring fit in the middle of the night.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:33 PM

I have an " Ironing Board Chair ", which works for me.
It folds flat, is adjustable in height, and very sturdy.
This one was made in Italy.

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#11 teskridg

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

I don't know how high the eyepiece is in a 12.5 or 15 inch Newtonian is, but you might want to consider a Catsperch wooden chair as these I believe provide the highest adjustable height in a commercially available chair. I have the aforementioned Stardust and it is great for the smaller scope, but for really high eyepiece locations, it may not be adequate. Tim

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:03 AM

+1 for the StarDust chair!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:13 AM

+1 for the StarDust.

Especially like the tilting seat. Another thing that sold me on it were its splayed feet- my lawn gets pretty spongy during the spring thaw.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

Thanks guys, now all I need to do is to find a StarDust dealer in europe, seems the chair is a bit difficult to find here...

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:38 AM

Thanks guys, now all I need to do is to find a StarDust dealer in europe, seems the chair is a bit difficult to find here...


Peter:

What type of telescope(s) will you be using? I was looking a friend's chair yesterday and he pointed out that height range was limited, it would only go down so far, no lower than about 18 inches. This is common with chairs that have been re-purposed because a low seat height is rarely useful. For SCTs, Maks and many Newtonians, this probably will not be an issue but for refractors and Dobsonian, the eyepiece be quite low to the ground and so a chair that can provide a low seat height can be very helpful.

Both the Catsperch and the Starbound chairs do offer the widest possible range, starting at 7 or 8 inches all the way to the maximum, the Starbound measures at about 32-33inches, (82.5mm), Catsperch has several chairs, the standard chair offers a range of 8 inches to 42inches.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

This is the stardust chair: http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/B0052PJF5E

It is the one on the right. The CPRO-800LP is the one on the left. I have it and I'm very pleased with the purchase.

#17 John Kuraoka

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:48 AM

I have the Vestil CPRO-800, which is sold as a "hobby chair" or work station chair. I posted a short review of it here:
http://www.cloudynig...5676774/page...

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:40 PM

I use the Stardust chair for my SCT; for the limited range of height adjustments necessary for this telescope, it is by far the best adjustable observing chair that I've tried, given its light weight, compact size and, most importantly, will not spontaneosly drop and injure you. Nonetheless, the Catsperch has a higher maximum height available for fast large aperture Dobsonians where the eyepiece is located on the front of the telescope. Tim

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:38 AM

Catsperch! The best of the best!






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