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ozzy9039
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Reged: 11/12/07

Loc: Huntsville, Al
Low cost observer's seat
      #6185773 - 11/10/13 01:05 AM

I have used fold-able stools & the cloth style folding stools for observing, but no adjustments in height. I just could not bring myself to drop $100 on a chair.... so I found something that is very portable & has height adjustment.... AND is considerably cheaper. It's a "Drum Throne". I picked one up today. I figured I would pass this info along to save some others some $. I have even read reviews on these where someone else used it for the same thing! Below is a link to one as an example:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Sound-Percussion-SP770DT-Medium-Weight-Drum-Thron...


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Billytk
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Reged: 04/22/12

Loc: Lake Mary, Fl.
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: ozzy9039]
      #6186405 - 11/10/13 11:43 AM

What is the adjustment range?

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BigC
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Reged: 09/29/10

Loc: SE Indiana
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: ozzy9039]
      #6186465 - 11/10/13 12:10 PM

I.too, resisted or sveral years dropping $100 plus on an astro chair,but eventually just got tired of the back pain , and bought a nice "ergonomic work chair" costing slightly over $100 from Amazon.It looks vey similar to some astro chairs.

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sslcm56
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Reged: 07/20/12

Loc: Montgomery, Al.
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: BigC]
      #6186477 - 11/10/13 12:20 PM

I use a folding lawn chair right now. I put 3 pieces of tongue and groove flooring across the arms. I have a seat for close to my limit at the horizon and one for near zenith. I can put the flooring on the ground and lay back and look at the sky when I need a break.

I really wish I had an astro chair!


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ozzy9039
sage


Reged: 11/12/07

Loc: Huntsville, Al
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: Billytk]
      #6186696 - 11/10/13 02:12 PM

Quote:

What is the adjustment range?




I believe the one I got was 18-24"
There are a few with slightly different ranges


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GOLGO13
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Reged: 11/05/05

Loc: St. Louis area
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: ozzy9039]
      #6186748 - 11/10/13 02:38 PM

I also use a drummer's throne as my observing seat. Works great and didn't cost much.

Another cheap option is a Lybar chair (google it). Basically a 1x6 piece of lumber cut and put together.

Drummer's throne has worked for me with all my scopes. But it would not work potentially for a really large dob or a really long refractor. But for most situations it works fine and it's padded


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Mxplx2
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Reged: 09/12/12

Loc: NE PA USA
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #6187049 - 11/10/13 04:38 PM

I was fortunate enough to find one at a yard sale for $1.00. The lady originally wanted $2.00 which I gave her, but on my way to the car with it I noticed a rubber foot missing. I went back to look for it, and the nice lady gave me back a dollar when we couldn't find it. I happened to have a rubber foot at home which wasn't an exact replacement but fit. There was a little tear on the side of the seat, but a piece of matching black electrical tape fixed that.

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wirenut
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Reged: 09/21/06

Loc: m'dale Pa
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: Mxplx2]
      #6187523 - 11/10/13 08:57 PM

For another low cost choice in seating google "denver observing chair". it a little harder to built then a lybar chair but it's still pretty easy

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Pinbout
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Reged: 02/22/10

Loc: nj
Re: Low cost observer's seat new [Re: wirenut]
      #6187618 - 11/10/13 09:47 PM


Quote:

denver observing chair". it a little harder to built then a lybar chair but it's still pretty easy




very easy to make



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