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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: jaymcgil19]
      #6212448 - 11/24/13 12:52 AM

I didn't think to post this here, until now. This is somewhat in the vein of "Beating Swords into Plowshares": I built a water-proof battery box using an ammo box from a 20mm gun. Here's the build thread.

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Mike Lynch]
      #6213116 - 11/24/13 12:03 PM

I have some formica and some kydex and am hoping to make a much lighter dew shield than the one that came with my 6" f5.9 astrotelescope refractor. Bought some flocking from Scope Stuff (very good people to work with)and will use that to line the dewshield if I can bend it enough to make the cylinder. The stock shield/cap is about 3 pounds on this "bulldog" of a scope so I have lots or room to improve the situation.

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #6213128 - 11/24/13 12:07 PM

All hail PVC! I have a pair of Celestron 15x70 binoes and was able to make a nifty pair of lens shade/ dew shields for them out of a pair of 3 inch pvc slip connectors. Spray painted flat black they are a perfect friction fit to slip over the ends of the bino tubes

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: tbuzzi1]
      #6213554 - 11/24/13 04:12 PM

Greg, that battery box is excellent!

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: DoctorNoodle]
      #6221960 - 11/28/13 05:00 PM

It was fun to make, too.

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? [Re: seryddwr]
      #6243316 - 12/09/13 06:41 PM

48mm camera filters work fine in 2" eyepieces. They can be had pretty cheap. I just bought this lot.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/48mm-FILTER-Lot-16-PCS-Green-Yellow-Red-Orange-UV-Pol...


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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: bevelhead]
      #6349850 - 02/01/14 07:23 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

my dog run observatory!
mike h


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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6350840 - 02/02/14 10:11 AM

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my dog run observatory!
mike h




Is the top cover self made?


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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: dandabson]
      #6350864 - 02/02/14 10:25 AM

I'm wondering about the weight of snow or heavy rain on the cover.

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6351491 - 02/02/14 03:31 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

the top is a sun resistant tarp 12'x14' heavy duty from home depot. I have it braced like an umbrella on the inside so no problems with rain or snow. If I think the snow is getting too heavy I sweep it off no biggy.I have it very taut with a lot of straps bolted to the rail road ties. More straps than is in the picture. I wanted a 12'x12' tarp but they sent me the wrong one so I used it anyway. Its been up 3 years now and has stood everything but a tornado. heavy rains-heavy snows-50mph winds..

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6351669 - 02/02/14 04:53 PM

That is a great implementation of a great idea!

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: fjs]
      #6351713 - 02/02/14 05:16 PM

thanks frank, and better yet no new taxes because its a non permanent building..

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6351808 - 02/02/14 06:08 PM

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better yet no new taxes because its a non permanent building..






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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: fjs]
      #6351882 - 02/02/14 06:55 PM

That's the ticket!

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6351919 - 02/02/14 07:19 PM

From the other image, it looked like it just rolled flat over the top.

Very nice!


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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6352152 - 02/02/14 10:09 PM

I figured that's what you were thinking carol.and if anyone is interested in building the dog run observatory just let me know because there are a few tricks I have discovered over the past 3 years that need to be done. if I can do it anyone can.
mike h


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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6352168 - 02/02/14 10:14 PM

That is such a clever idea!

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #6352701 - 02/03/14 08:17 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

4 inchs of really wet snow over night carol..

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6352702 - 02/03/14 08:18 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

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Re: "Non-astronomy" equipment adapted for astronomy? new [Re: Perseus_m45]
      #6355271 - 02/04/14 10:52 AM

Great idea Mike!

What are your tricks?


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