Quote:In fact, on second thought, instead of stocking several different pre-cut diameters perhaps you can produce say a single 36" diameter sheet with a dozen or so setting circles in successive smaller diameters printed on it. The DIY'er can then cut out whatever size needed for the project and slap it right on the groundboard.
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Quote:Getting a bit more complicated (as brain storming sessions are want to do ) but a digit setting circle with an LCD readout that could be placed where the use would like it. But nixie lights would be uber cool.
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Quote:Numbered boutique run for us snobs. You could sign it and call it your Signature Line.
Quote:That's why I'm still not ruling out a Halo for my 16"; as it's the same idea, only much more updated. I'm even considering having someone cut out the inner circle that holds the base, & just having the Halo encircle the base, not supporting the dob. This way it could be moved to incorporate "North", at will. This is just one of the ideas I'm considering, since I really don't need the leveling feet for the dob, when it's permanently in place, already level.
Quote:David, indeed that will work!! As you mentioned, it would only be a one-time setup; no need to re-adjust it further.
Quote:Ooooh, nice base! Looks like there will be conflict with the installed feet you have there. Which by themselves is a nice touch to the base.
Quote:Thanks for the close up pics. Those really are nice big numbers! I'll be able to make those out without having to squint or get down closer.That degree mark layout is perfect for my current new dob base project I'm working on for my Lightbridge 12.
Quote:David, you have found your niche...and I have found HALO!
After getting my Zhumell Z10 and having fun pushing around the sky, I soon realized I'd never be able to find what I wanted to find unless I learned how to read the sky. So I've patiently spent the last year completing the AL Binocular Messier list, a terrific way to learn how to star hop, right? Well, only if you're never going to use a telescope! As soon as I returned to my Z10, there I was scanning the sky again, hoping to find something I could recognize and then looking it up to make sure.
I found this thread nearly in tears , upset that I might never be able to find a DSO on purpose, spending all my days, I mean nights, stumbling upon objects. And then when I found HALO, I nearly cried again, this time from joy .
HALO is part of the answer. The other is the altitude, which I seem especially bad at. What do you think about this product, the Husky digital level? http://tinyurl.com/c69vk5q I plan to test it out over Thanksgiving.
Sooo glad to have found your product. Going to order it now.
Quote:What do you think about this product, the Husky digital level? http://tinyurl.com/c69vk5q
Quote:Anyway, before we ship out your HALO, we just need to verify whether your Zhumell base has the newer/flatter rubber bumper, or the older/rounder rubber bumper around the perimeter of your groundboard
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Quote:Just wondering David if anyone has tried yet to fit the older/rounder Orion groundboard to a Halo.Eric
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Quote:True, but the HALO has that very nice printed waterproof numbered ring and the levelers all made in that very nice water proof material. So it is not without its' advantages. Pricing would determine if it was worth it to the buyer.
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Quote:I'd think some steel or hardened aluminum backing would give me more confidence in the long term composite durability of the rather thin looking Apertura versions. Could there be more meat left on the inside edge/shelf lip? Perhaps don't hollow it out at all except just the feet cutouts.It looks real nice though. Definitely will consider one when I order my future AD10 dob.
Quote:It sounds like it will work as is. I can always retrofit metal reinforcement by any perceived weak areas in the future as needed.I like the product lines you are offering. They look like good value for the investment.
Quote:Okay how about this for those of us who like to tinker. Make an option without the center cut out so we can adapt it to our current scope as a new ground board. Think on my Z10 all it would need is the insert for the center tension bolt. Less to carry when setting up.
Quote:composite wood product???