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StarStuff1
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #6016518 - 08/09/13 08:13 PM

A couple of months ago I was at the local "County Convenience Center" where we take trash and re-cycleables. The lady in front of me was about to toss a smallish black case. I asked her what is was made for. She said it was for a clarinet (or some other horned instrument). She said it was only the case, no instrument, but if I wanted it I could have it. No hesitation on my part. After ripping out the innards it makes a great case that holds my new to me 80mm f/6 ED refractor and several eyepieces

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starrancher
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #6016567 - 08/09/13 08:45 PM

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A couple of months ago I was at the local "County Convenience Center" where we take trash and re-cycleables. The lady in front of me was about to toss a smallish black case. I asked her what is was made for. She said it was for a clarinet (or some other horned instrument). She said it was only the case, no instrument, but if I wanted it I could have it. No hesitation on my part. After ripping out the innards it makes a great case that holds my new to me 80mm f/6 ED refractor and several eyepieces




Excellent ! !


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SLarkin
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #6016598 - 08/09/13 09:12 PM

Regarding using a weed trimmer battery, my Black & Decker weed trimmer has a 24 volt battery. I imagine that would not be good for a 12 volt scope.

Edited by SLarkin (08/09/13 09:21 PM)


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StarStuff1
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: SLarkin]
      #6018368 - 08/10/13 11:43 PM

I was thinking of either using the 20-v battery for dew control or stepping down the voltage with resistors for a scope driver.

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Mr Greybush
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #6018629 - 08/11/13 08:24 AM Attachment (83 downloads)

I found this umbrella to work quite well from Dick's Sporting Goods and for $60.00 you couldn't beet the price and kept the dew off my computer equipment the entire night

Edited by Mr Greybush (08/11/13 08:27 AM)


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rnc39560
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #6040193 - 08/22/13 01:48 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

I went in a thrift store yesterday looking for outdoor stuff. I found a poker chip and card case minus the contents. Suits my need perfectly for ep case! A $2.00 aluminum bargain!! All I need now is some foam!!

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rnc39560
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: rnc39560]
      #6040196 - 08/22/13 01:51 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

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DoctorNoodle
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #6044433 - 08/24/13 11:57 PM

This is a 17-inch long gooseneck with big jiffy clamps at each end. It's sold as a pet grooming accessory and is designed to hold a blow dryer while the groomer has both hands free to brush out the "client." It's also good for holding a red LED flashlight at just the right height above my eyepiece case and assorted charts.





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ctjer
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Very simple chart read aide new [Re: Jack Tripper]
      #6045103 - 08/25/13 12:27 PM

Cut a piece of closed cell foam off a block, drilled a hole, and inserted the end of my red LED flashlight - which hangs around my neck. The block angles the light off my torso to nicely illuminate the chart. Frees up a hand.
http://ct-pov.smugmug.com/Other/USCGA/i-DN4FWW6/1/X2/P1040571-X2.jpg


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Saint Aardvark
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Re: Very simple chart read aide new [Re: ctjer]
      #6045639 - 08/25/13 06:05 PM

Very clever! I'm going to steal that idea.

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Starhuckster
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #6063499 - 09/04/13 10:33 PM

Last week I had a commercial supply catalog on my desk and decided to flip through it. They had some recycled plastic flip top stacking containers for $12 that seemed about right for my ZEQ25. I think the pluck foam cost as much with the shipping. The top has a lip around the edge and seems like a useful surface.

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laprof
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: yowser]
      #6150170 - 10/21/13 04:27 PM Attachment (50 downloads)

There are times when I need additional counterweights, but in small weight sizes that are generally not available. So....I purchase body building weights (the one shown is a 2-1/2 pounder from Wal-Mart at $4.95), use a hole saw and cut out a slightly oversize plug from 1/2" pine and use my shop press to seat the plug in the weight. Then I drill the appropriate size counterweight shaft hole in the plug and sandwich the new counterweight between the existing ones. Cheap and very effective.

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laprof
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Jack Tripper]
      #6150267 - 10/21/13 05:26 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

Needed a piggyback mount so I used an old camera rail, 4 really large aluminum nuts and two 1/4 x 20 bolts and Viola! My camera now rides astride my 152mm refractor. Also, the solar filter you see is homemade from a cookie jar lid, 2-3" glass rounds sandwiching a sheet of solar filter film.

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laprof
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: laprof]
      #6150281 - 10/21/13 05:33 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

Needed a dolly so.... three pieces of scrap 2x4s, a homemade center section, some 45 degree x 2" PVC fittings mated to the appropriate plugs which are screwed to the 2x4s and 3 Harbor Freight locking wheels and that's it.

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zyzyz
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: laprof]
      #6151045 - 10/22/13 03:20 AM

Aluminum cases for $30

I've been trying to find something to keep my visual and photo gear separate. I saw some cases Harbor Freight that are the right size for my needs. They're 18 X 12 3/4 X 6 with foam inserts and dividers. The foam is 'cubed' and easily removed for a custom fit. The ad for the cases is:

http://www.harborfreight.com/18-x-12-34-x-6-aluminum-case-69318.html

Hope they can fill your needs too.

Larry


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Mark Costello
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: zyzyz]
      #6170708 - 11/01/13 05:24 PM

For me, equipment not designed so but used as "adjunct astro-gear" for my sessions include:

A step stool as an astro-chair. It works about 90% of the time.

A flashlight wrapped with translucent shopping bags used as my red light.

And, of course, a nice sketch book, and pens and pencils.

Best regards,


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berobertsmd
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Mark Costello]
      #6176765 - 11/05/13 03:58 AM

I use a screw in ground anchor, like those for a tent or dog leash, to stabilize my tripod. Screwed into ground, under center of tripod, then attached to center of tripod with rope or bungee. Stabilizes tripod and also prevents accidently overturning, or someone snatching and running away with equipment.

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Doc Willie
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: berobertsmd]
      #6177498 - 11/05/13 02:14 PM

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I use a screw in ground anchor, like those for a tent or dog leash, to stabilize my tripod. Screwed into ground, under center of tripod, then attached to center of tripod with rope or bungee. Stabilizes tripod and also prevents accidently overturning, or someone snatching and running away with equipment.




Ooo. I could have used one of those this summer. Left my SCT up during the day on grass, covered with a contractor bag. Wind came along, caught the bag and knocked the rig over, damaging one of the gears in the mount. I'm gonna get one of these.


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precaud
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #6186219 - 11/10/13 10:12 AM

I really like this two-buck lighted magnifier from Harbor Freight. I wear reading glasses but observe without them, and this magnifier is perfect for reading star maps without having to put my glasses on to do it. It's well-made, too, with a glass lens. A couple coats of red fingernail polish tints the lamp nicely.

http://www.harborfreight.com/magnifying-glass-with-light-69690.html


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jaymcgil19
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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: precaud]
      #6190608 - 11/12/13 12:35 PM

I use the 5 gallon Homer Bucket with lid for my 8" dew shield storage and carrying. I first slip the dew shield into a pillow case then slip it into the bucket

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