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John Fitzgerald
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3595235 - 01/31/10 10:43 AM

Anyone mentioned hook and loop tape (velcro), sticky back or otherwise?

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Hegerberg
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: John Fitzgerald]
      #3595296 - 01/31/10 11:25 AM

Calipers.

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Bruce

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reddog15
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: John Fitzgerald]
      #3595324 - 01/31/10 11:40 AM

Oh yes we use that for a lot

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magic612
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: reddog15]
      #3595405 - 01/31/10 12:21 PM

Want a super-lightweight dew shield/light block extension for your scope?

Take a sheet (or two, depending on aperture) of the blue (or pink) fan fold foam that can be bought at any home improvement store, and carefully roll it into a tube that's just slightly larger than the end of your scope. Hot glue or epoxy the seam or overlap. Flock the inside with flocking paper, and "Voila!" - a light shield extension that cause minimal balancing issues.

Go slowly while bending it into a tube - it can crack if you go too fast. But I've rolled this stuff into tube as tight as a 3" diameter, so it will work for most scopes out there if you take your time. Plus, it comes in bundles of 24, so you'll have plenty of extra even if you break a few learning how. The upside is you can make one for every scope you own for not a lot of $$ - the bundles run about $30. Or split the cost with some other astronomers in a club.


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DaemonGPF
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: magic612]
      #3595515 - 01/31/10 01:29 PM

Quote:

Want a super-lightweight dew shield/light block extension for your scope?

Take a sheet (or two, depending on aperture) of the blue (or pink) fan fold foam that can be bought at any home improvement store, and carefully roll it into a tube that's just slightly larger than the end of your scope. Hot glue or epoxy the seam or overlap. Flock the inside with flocking paper, and "Voila!" - a light shield extension that cause minimal balancing issues.

Go slowly while bending it into a tube - it can crack if you go too fast. But I've rolled this stuff into tube as tight as a 3" diameter, so it will work for most scopes out there if you take your time. Plus, it comes in bundles of 24, so you'll have plenty of extra even if you break a few learning how. The upside is you can make one for every scope you own for not a lot of $$ - the bundles run about $30. Or split the cost with some other astronomers in a club.




Or you could take the surplus to a star party and give a hands-on DIY workshop on making lightweight dew shields.


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DaemonGPF
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #3595524 - 01/31/10 01:35 PM

Ok I have another one...

Snuggies. Enough said. No laughing either, it's effective.

https://www.getsnuggie.com/flare/next?tag=os|sm|go|tm

Great thing about this is that you can slide a space heater under your observation chair, and the heat rises and builds inside. Great if you don't have an Obs with a "warm room" or remote piloting from in your house.


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magic612
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #3595894 - 01/31/10 04:23 PM

Quote:

Or you could take the surplus to a star party and give a hands-on DIY workshop on making lightweight dew shields.




That'd work too!


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Hegerberg
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: Jack Tripper]
      #3597129 - 02/01/10 08:20 AM

Out-house hunting blind.

Blind

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Bruce


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reddog15
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: Hegerberg]
      #3597298 - 02/01/10 10:10 AM

Thats pretty cool there Bruce

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DaemonGPF
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: reddog15]
      #3597493 - 02/01/10 11:38 AM

That is very slick Bruce. I have such a hard time under a blanket trying to do solar observation. I'm gonna have to look into one of those.

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Bob Myler
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #3598776 - 02/01/10 08:43 PM

Bruce, you have really found something here. These style of ground blinds are inexpensive (often on sale for less than 40 bucks), are tall enough to stand in, and have interiors lined in BLACK to help hide a hunter's profile. With large shooting ports on all four sides, any GEM mount can likely remain fixed thruout the day. They're also very durable. I've had the exact same model standing continuously in our woods for four years now! While it has faded a bit, when the zippers fully wear out, I'll replace it with another. A clever adaptation for solar astronomy. I think you have come up with the best idea so far.

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reddog15
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #3599626 - 02/02/10 10:10 AM

All the ideas here are great,each one covers a different aspect of our hobby

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reddog15
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Jack Tripper]
      #3599984 - 02/02/10 01:05 PM

Cool beans this has become a sticky

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csa/montana
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: reddog15]
      #3600051 - 02/02/10 01:37 PM

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php/Number/3589556/

Decided it would get more exposure as a stand alone sticky, rather than under one of the other "links of value" stickys.


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reddog15
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3600146 - 02/02/10 02:12 PM

Sweet, good call

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Aaron Turner
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Loc: Southbury, CT
Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: reddog15]
      #3601102 - 02/02/10 09:35 PM

Pool ladder from one of many inflatable pools we've owned. The 10" Newtonian, used for an outreach course for kids as young as 7, makes this an ideal solution to seeing targets near zenith. And to think I used to lift those kids before I remembered we had an extra pool ladder!

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mathteacher
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: Aaron Turner]
      #3601179 - 02/02/10 10:19 PM



Tennis ball VSPs
Pie Tin accessory tray
Extra Fancy construction paper sliding dew shield.


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csa/montana
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: mathteacher]
      #3606280 - 02/05/10 10:12 AM

I bought one of those fold-up camp chairs. I use it in the observatory. It takes up little room when folded up; and it's so comfortable to just take a break & sit & gaze at the night sky. The cover from the chair is very well built; so I slit the bottom of it, & it fits over my Vixen 80mm perfectly, while on the tripod!

Two for one deal; for a total of $5.99


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GizmoDave
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3607648 - 02/05/10 10:44 PM

1/8th thick transparent red polycarbonate material from TAP plastics to cover laptop computer monitor.
It works much better than the night vision themes offered in some astronomy/AP programs


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magic612
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronom new [Re: GizmoDave]
      #3608254 - 02/06/10 10:35 AM

The foam "knee pad" things you can pick up at gardening places or home improvement stores. They're usually about 16-18" long and about 8-10" wide, with a handle cut-out. They're great for quickly placing on the ground to save your knees while looking through the finderscope - and also so it doesn't get wet when the ground is soaked (spring is on the way, in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).

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