12" f/5 dob vs. small car ('99 Kia Sephia)?
Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:22 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:16 AM
Your tube obviously is wider but you should have no trouble with this arrangment. The laying across the backseat is not practical or possible for you.
Charles Im glad they are offering it back but why are they offering it back? Thanks Glad its working out. I'd personally go drive and get it. By the way - at least with my long reflector no car is too small in this configuration - not a Kia Sportage either, Toyota Corolla as well.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:43 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:13 AM
Also with a back seat width of 56" and a tube length of 57" all you would have to do is angle the tube a little to get it to fit.
You have to angle it more than a little because as you angle it, the horizontal length grows because the diagonal/hypotenuse is longer than the length of the tube.
I am sure that Charles can find a way to retrieve his scope with his car. One time, I was able to fit a 75 inch long 15 inch diameter tube in Ford Escort along with the equatorial mount.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:18 AM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:52 AM
I thought about the front seat last night. It SHOULD work. It is being offered back to me because he isn't using it nearly as much as he thought he would because of working nights. Also, he has indicated that it is too large than his physicality can provide. I will try, measure, and let you know. Thanks All.
You will get it one way or the other. Sliding passenger seat back and putting in full recline as Pete suggested ought to work.
If there isn't room for the assembled base, you could disassemble it...
Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:29 AM
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:22 AM
high end was $371
wow, you could have them pull the mirror/cell, the spider/secondary and focuser mail it and buy the wood and have it cnc'd so it would fit in your car very nicely for that price.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:27 PM
If it is just about getting the scope home, how about ripping the guts out of the tube then lashing the tube to the roof of the car? Wrap it in a tarp and you are good to go.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:38 PM
Charles used to own this scope, I think he uses it at home so transportation is a one time deal.
We should all be so lucky.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:55 AM
A Z12 in that little Kia is a shoehorn job.
Drive carefully Charles,the scope you save may be your own!.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:36 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:59 PM
I donno, you may be better off strapping the Kia to the scope. Maybe you can use the GPS from the Kia to help you align the scope..
Would that be considered a form of GOTO? Should it be allowed to use GPS, when driving the Kia and Z12 to a dark sky to do a Messier Marathon?
Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:04 PM
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:41 PM
Yep! That car can handle a 16" Meade Starfinder! So can a Chevy HHR, but not quite as well.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:23 PM
The Orion Nebula is great first view object ,how much of it you see tells a lot about the scope.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:28 PM