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#1 ozzy9039

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:05 AM

I have used fold-able stools & the cloth style folding stools for observing, but no adjustments in height. I just could not bring myself to drop $100 on a chair.... so I found something that is very portable & has height adjustment.... AND is considerably cheaper. It's a "Drum Throne". I picked one up today. I figured I would pass this info along to save some others some $. I have even read reviews on these where someone else used it for the same thing! :) Below is a link to one as an example:

http://www.guitarcen...t-Drum-Thron...

#2 Billytk

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 11:43 AM

What is the adjustment range?

#3 BigC

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

I.too, resisted or sveral years dropping $100 plus on an astro chair,but eventually just got tired of the back pain , and bought a nice "ergonomic work chair" costing slightly over $100 from Amazon.It looks vey similar to some astro chairs.

#4 sslcm56

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:20 PM

I use a folding lawn chair right now. I put 3 pieces of tongue and groove flooring across the arms. I have a seat for close to my limit at the horizon and one for near zenith. I can put the flooring on the ground and lay back and look at the sky when I need a break.

I really wish I had an astro chair!

#5 ozzy9039

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:12 PM

What is the adjustment range?


I believe the one I got was 18-24"
There are a few with slightly different ranges

#6 GOLGO13

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:38 PM

I also use a drummer's throne as my observing seat. Works great and didn't cost much.

Another cheap option is a Lybar chair (google it). Basically a 1x6 piece of lumber cut and put together.

Drummer's throne has worked for me with all my scopes. But it would not work potentially for a really large dob or a really long refractor. But for most situations it works fine and it's padded :)

#7 Mxplx2

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:38 PM

I was fortunate enough to find one at a yard sale for $1.00. The lady originally wanted $2.00 which I gave her, but on my way to the car with it I noticed a rubber foot missing. I went back to look for it, and the nice lady gave me back a dollar when we couldn't find it. I happened to have a rubber foot at home which wasn't an exact replacement but fit. There was a little tear on the side of the seat, but a piece of matching black electrical tape fixed that.

#8 wirenut

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 08:57 PM

For another low cost choice in seating google "denver observing chair". it a little harder to built then a lybar chair but it's still pretty easy

#9 Pinbout

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:47 PM


denver observing chair". it a little harder to built then a lybar chair but it's still pretty easy



very easy to make

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