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PeterWar
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Help me choose the best chair for me
      #5668367 - 02/08/13 06:12 AM

Hi!

I now own a skywatcher 8" F5 on an EQ5 mount, I plan to move at some point to an Obsession 12.5" or maybe 15" Classic or UC.


I would like to buy a sit that works well for my current scope and it's kinda future-proof, I live in Europe and found these two options:

Wooden sit from TS


OR

Skywatcher metal sit


Has anyone tried these two? I'm 180cm (5.9 feet) tall and live 15m away from the mediterranean see, so it'll be a pretty salty and humid environment...


Many thanks in advance!
M

Edited by PeterWar (02/08/13 06:16 AM)


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: PeterWar]
      #5668468 - 02/08/13 08:31 AM Attachment (24 downloads)

Peter:

The Skywatcher chair appears to be a direct copy of the Starbound chair. The Starbound is a good chair to use with an 8 inch F/5 on a GEM.

Jon


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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5668710 - 02/08/13 10:59 AM

I heard that they took the skywatcher chair off the market as they were classed as dangerouse , apparently they caused accidents by collapsing or sliding down whilst using them.

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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: nevy]
      #5669021 - 02/08/13 01:21 PM

Hello PeterWar,

I am not familiar with the two chairs you mention, but the Skywatcher looks similar to the Starbound chair.

I received a Starbound for Christmas and it is a fine chair. Some of the copies of the Starbound are not as sturdy or as well made in my opinion. I also have an Obsession 12.5 and the Starbound works like it was made for that scope. I can point the scope to the zenith and be comfortably seated at the eyepiece. I am 5 ft. 11ins. The eyepiece of the Obsession 15 will be 6 inches taller. Hope this helps.

Mike


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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: MDB]
      #5669097 - 02/08/13 01:46 PM

These work fine too, they just aren't sold as "astronomy" chairs.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052PJFCW/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00


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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: oo_void]
      #5669370 - 02/08/13 04:32 PM

This is marketed to musicians, but I bet it would work fine for folks with smaller scopes.

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Bill Cowles
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: oo_void]
      #5669498 - 02/08/13 05:48 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

That's where I got mine.

Bill


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wavelandscott
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #5669536 - 02/08/13 06:14 PM

In my opinion a good adjustable height chair is one of the best observing aides that you can get.

I like the Stardust style as it has "fixed" rungs for the seat to fit so there is no chance of slippage.

I believe that they can be found at Hands On Optics...

I am a hefty size fellow and the Stardust chair handles my bulk and it works well for all of my scopes with no fear of the downward slide.

Clear Dark Skies to you!


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kevint1
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: wavelandscott]
      #5669553 - 02/08/13 06:20 PM

+1 for the Stardust chair. I have had one for about 2years and have used it in summer and in the snow. Very comfortable and substantially built. The fixed rungs and hooks on the seat make a reassuring fit in the middle of the night.

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Mike E.
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: kevint1]
      #5669580 - 02/08/13 06:33 PM Attachment (24 downloads)

I have an " Ironing Board Chair ", which works for me.
It folds flat, is adjustable in height, and very sturdy.
This one was made in Italy.


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teskridg
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: Mike E.]
      #5669723 - 02/08/13 08:31 PM

I don't know how high the eyepiece is in a 12.5 or 15 inch Newtonian is, but you might want to consider a Catsperch wooden chair as these I believe provide the highest adjustable height in a commercially available chair. I have the aforementioned Stardust and it is great for the smaller scope, but for really high eyepiece locations, it may not be adequate. Tim

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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: teskridg]
      #5670027 - 02/09/13 01:03 AM

+1 for the StarDust chair!

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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: Doc Bob]
      #5670165 - 02/09/13 05:13 AM

+1 for the StarDust.

Especially like the tilting seat. Another thing that sold me on it were its splayed feet- my lawn gets pretty spongy during the spring thaw.

Keith


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PeterWar
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: skullpin]
      #5671309 - 02/09/13 07:47 PM

Thanks guys, now all I need to do is to find a StarDust dealer in europe, seems the chair is a bit difficult to find here...

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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: PeterWar]
      #5671872 - 02/10/13 06:38 AM

Quote:

Thanks guys, now all I need to do is to find a StarDust dealer in europe, seems the chair is a bit difficult to find here...




Peter:

What type of telescope(s) will you be using? I was looking a friend's chair yesterday and he pointed out that height range was limited, it would only go down so far, no lower than about 18 inches. This is common with chairs that have been re-purposed because a low seat height is rarely useful. For SCTs, Maks and many Newtonians, this probably will not be an issue but for refractors and Dobsonian, the eyepiece be quite low to the ground and so a chair that can provide a low seat height can be very helpful.

Both the Catsperch and the Starbound chairs do offer the widest possible range, starting at 7 or 8 inches all the way to the maximum, the Starbound measures at about 32-33inches, (82.5mm), Catsperch has several chairs, the standard chair offers a range of 8 inches to 42inches.

Jon


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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5672986 - 02/10/13 08:19 PM

This is the stardust chair: http://www.amazon.com/Vestil-CPRO-600-Ergonomic-Worker-Capacity/dp/B0052PJF5E

It is the one on the right. The CPRO-800LP is the one on the left. I have it and I'm very pleased with the purchase.


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John Kuraoka
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: pgrunwald]
      #5677406 - 02/13/13 10:48 AM

I have the Vestil CPRO-800, which is sold as a "hobby chair" or work station chair. I posted a short review of it here:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/5676774/page...


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teskridg
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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: John Kuraoka]
      #5727037 - 03/11/13 10:40 PM

I use the Stardust chair for my SCT; for the limited range of height adjustments necessary for this telescope, it is by far the best adjustable observing chair that I've tried, given its light weight, compact size and, most importantly, will not spontaneosly drop and injure you. Nonetheless, the Catsperch has a higher maximum height available for fast large aperture Dobsonians where the eyepiece is located on the front of the telescope. Tim

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Re: Help me choose the best chair for me new [Re: teskridg]
      #5731862 - 03/14/13 09:38 AM

Catsperch! The best of the best!

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