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Peter D.
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Re: The Lap Scope new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #5092031 - 02/26/12 12:32 PM

Wasn't the Astroscan the original prototype of the lap scope? I seem to recall seeing a picture of it used that way in an old Edmund Scientific ad. I think that it's sized more for kids in that application though: when I used mine that way, my neck complained after only a few minutes. It's really better on its base as a table-top Dob.

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Re: The Lap Scope new [Re: Peter D.]
      #5092082 - 02/26/12 12:57 PM

I tried bringing along different kinds of pillows or "bed desks" as a base for the ball scope in my lap, in order to raise it up a bit. But as far as I recall, the make-shift platform seemed to amplify the motions cause by my breathing. Also, the "platform" was just one more thing to bring out with what is supposed to be a simple grab-n-go scope, further defeating the purpose. So that enhancement for the lap scope never worked very well.

Mike


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Re: The Lap Scope new [Re: Olivier Biot]
      #5093167 - 02/26/12 11:36 PM

Does anyone know Douglas Bullis's username? I'd like to send him a PM, but I haven't been able to figure out his username. If it's listed someplace obvious and I'm just being a moron, let me know!

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Re: The Lap Scope [Re: mattyfatz]
      #5093397 - 02/27/12 06:55 AM

Great article. Great that people have commented on it recently so that I could find it a read it.

I especially like the way you captured the wonder of visually observing. The comparison to great art is a good analogy.

Al


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