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#1 S.D.Lights

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:53 PM

I have a bad back and can't always get help getting my Meade lxd75 set up and tore down. I also don't have much money for an observatory build. I have an old playpen built in the backyard with a floor 4ft off the ground. I have a very large tarp I am considering covering it and the scope so I can just go out anytime at night and go strait to observing. I live just East of san diego and it rarely rains. My biggest concern is heat. Humidity once in a great while. If I can keep it dry and clean will it be ok?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

#2 TCW

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:07 PM

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#3 S.D.Lights

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:36 AM

Thanks I did. Turns out there was not enough room so this is my short term redneck solution.

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#4 Christopher Erickson

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:43 PM

I buried a steel pipe in the ground and machined an adapter to a Vixen GP-DX head. I took the OTA in and out but left the mount on the steel pier out and protected it with a waterproof kayaking gear bag.

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#5 Christopher Erickson

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:49 PM

And a pic when bagged.

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#6 Paul Freeman

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:22 PM

My favorite part is the chain dangling from the bottom. :bow:

#7 ur7x

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:03 PM

My favorite part is the chain dangling from the bottom. :bow:


I have a bike lock though my pier's rat cage and the Alt hole in my CGEM to accomplish the same thing. I trust almost all of my neighbors kids...

#8 S.D.Lights

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:08 AM

My favorite part is the chain dangling from the bottom. :bow:

 

No one is carrying the o.t.a. or mount off locked together and then to the plywood  :lol:



#9 Lord Beowulf

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:32 PM

While not cheap, I LOVE the Telegizmos' 365 cover.  They really do a nice job.

 

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