My Wixey gauge got delivered this morning. I will be prototyping an idea for my degree circles tonight, combining several concepts from this thread. My prototype will just be paper glued to posterboard. I am still working on an idea for the final version.
My concept will have a rotatable disc (credit to Kerry's [Sky Captain] design). However mine will be larger in diameter than the base. This way don't have to worry about cutting into my base. The pointer will be somewhere on the top part of the base so it always on the side with the EP. I printed out a 21" custom degree circle (Created in Adobe Illustrator).
Being that I have a background in 3D graphics, I like to visualize my projects in 3D. Here are some renders to show how I plan on setting it up.
My thoughts on the final implementation are to have the degree circles printed directly on acrylic. Not sure if Staples will be able to do something like that, but I have been reading up on how to transfer an laser printed image to another medium using a blender pen. I'll have to test this out on a small piece to see if it works and if it is a permanent transfer.
I also saw an image somewhere in this thread with a protractor lit up by a red LED. Wouldn't it be neat if the degree circle was printed on a clear acrylic that was lit up by an LED? Just a thought...might be distracting to have a glowing 21" circle around the telescope...
Are there other mediums that I could use that are thin enough to be cut with minimal tools but sturdy enough to not bend/fall apart? I don't have any machining tools (or a jig saw).