David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov - 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob - TEC 140 - AT 65EDQ APO Refractor - Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount - iOptron ZEQ25 mount - Discmount DM6 - Canon 60Da
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Retired pilot with interests in grinding/polishing optics and with well made/simple telescopes showing uptdated the wonders in the universe.
Indiana for two more weeks...
14.5" Teeter w/ Richard Fagin mirror, TT #66
EON 120ED on CG-5 ASGT
Lunt LS60THa/B1200 Sky Guy Porta II
Denk Super System with A45 OCS
Sergio - El Cubano Loco!!! 16" F4 Starstructure with Zambuto primary Takahashi FS-128 on a DiscMounts DM-6 A bunch of Ethos, a few Nags and a pair of Pans.
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Quote:I'm waiting for this baby. Hope to receive it within 2 weeks time max.
Quote:Quote:I'm waiting for this baby. Hope to receive it within 2 weeks time max. At 6'6" (198cm) I'm quite sure I wouldn't fit in the trailer or the car! Dave
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:I like it, David. I wonder, though, if it would be possible to mount the spare on the exterior of the trailer, with a cover for UV protection? It would free up some interior space and cut down on outgassing from the tread material. I once made the mistake of putting a full-sized spare inside the cargo bay of my Subaru for a long, off-road trip, and the fumes released by the tread compound were extreme and palpable for a few days. Eventually it stank less.I did not notice any smell this weekend when I took it on a 400km 'shakedown cruise'. I have the spare strapped to the inside.Another suggestion would be to cover the trailer's interior with Reflectix insulating barrier, to insulate it from summer time heat while traveling. I have a similar project today. I am unfamiliar with this product. I left a thermometer in the trailer for the drive out on Friday and, with outside temperatures around 27C the inside got to 30C which isn't very hot. I'm going to look into air vents from the boating indistry to provise ventilation (but not free rinses) on long trips to warm climes in Florida, Oklahoma and Texas). I purchased an inexpensive tri-folding tonneau cover for a new pickup truck, and have some rolls of adhesive backed, aluminized bubble-centered insulating material for ducting that I plan on applying to the underside of each of the three panels to help reduce heat in the bed during travel in hit weather (in an effort to make ice last longer in coolers stored back there and also to reduce the temperature extremes on refractor optics if placed in the bed. It would be better on the *exterior* surfaces of the three panels, but I think it would not weather very well and also might distract and annoy other motorists.I know you're a tall fellow. But for me, a 4'x 6' could also double as a tent. I could easily sleep inside such a trailer, perhaps rigging some form of mesh "curtain" to leave the ramp open and provide privacy and keep out bugs and critters. Would the inside height of only 2'6" be a problem for you?How hard would it be to immobilize the trailer and leave it at a campground while going of to explore in the tow vehicle? Could you lock the wheels in some manner? I have a lock which 'fills' or 'occupies' the ball hitch so that for someone to steal the trailer they would have to lift it bodily onto another trailer. Since I will only be using the trailer for astro events with controlled access the lock I have should be enough.Looks like a very good deal all things considered. I see them for ~$2500 at several RV dealerships in this area. Was your ramp door custom? No, but I had to ask for it. No extra charge.... The standard door for that model looks like a side-swinger. The ramp is a must, IMO. I'd like one in beige/tan with a silver canopy. I wonder if *two* 15" to 18" Dobs would fit inside at the same time? I'm quite sure I could fit a second Teeter 16" in there with some clever storage of the wheelbarrow handles. Both UTA's would have to go in the car though....*(see next post for a caveat) I'd love to see your 16-incher in the trailer for reference if you get a chance. I did post a pic upthread which might help....Regards,Jim
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Quote:highertheflyer: I have every intention of comparing the gas mileage before and after. My last long trip was to the TSP where the car averaged 8.9 litres/100km (26.4 mpg US, 31.7mpgCDN). The car was loaded to the maximum with all the usual astro gear. On a trip to Bristol Tenn in March with only two people I got 8.1 litres/100km (29.0 mpg US, 34.9 mpg CDN).I'm hoping to get very close to the 9.0 litres /100km with the trailer. The first use will be this weekend when I will put about 400km on with all my astro gear... I'll do a careful mileage check.Dave