Bino Chair (StarRocker)
Posted 15 November 2009 - 10:18 PM
Hi, I purchased my chairs at Pamida discount stores (mainly in the midwest I believe). I think Walmart carries the same one for the same price- around $30.00. GameChairs.com carries what appears to be the same one - more money! I have not tried the models that fold up - less stable?? - maybe not!
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 10:26 AM
Minimizing vibration from one's heartbeat is extremely difficult when designing binochairs, especially when the bino is mounted directly to the chair. Even when building my binochair (yoke frame not attached to the chair), I found that I couldn't avoid the 'heartbeat bounce' when using my 22x100's, but as long as there was no additional vibration following the bounce (nil damping time) the viewing is quite acceptable. You do not say how you mounted your bino to the chair. If that support is very rigid, then one cause of jiggle may be due to play in the chair swivel and tilt mechanisms - just a guess.
...The vibration from my own heart beat kills the viewing.
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Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:34 PM
NO SALES! (correction made)
Just put it at the TOP of my Christmas 'WISH List' and we will see how Kris Kringle handles it.
If you attach sleigh runners, perhaps one of the elves would drive it over to my house. :gnottagnome:
Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:33 PM
I couldnâ€™t resist the temptation!!
If you think this â€˜reindeerâ€™ resembles a horse there is an element of truth in your thinking. Although sketchy, local folklore reveals that in the distant past a gamma ray burst from a far off galaxy intersected Santaâ€™s reindeer, the resulting alterations in it's DNA left it resembling a horse more than a reindeer. Locals refer to these as â€˜horse deer!â€™ â€˜Horse deerâ€™ are generally only seen late at night during the holiday season!??
On rare occasions a sighting reveals what locals refer to as the â€˜nose phenomenon!â€™ The actual truth is that the energy density of the GRB was such that the elusive â€˜Top Quarkâ€™ was captured and locked in the â€™Rudolphâ€™ (nose) position. The enigma continues when you consider the proposed half -life of a â€˜Top Quarkâ€™ and its apparent visibility as verified by this high quality certified digital image. CN Rocks!!
Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:35 AM
Well, you really outdid yourself on this one.
This makes up for an otherwise crummy Saturday afternoon.
I appreciate all your efforts!!
and M E R R Y...C H R I S T M A S !
Posted 13 December 2009 - 04:14 AM
Fabulous. I am trying to put together a collection of great solutions like this on my blog, http://telescopebinoculars.com/blog
I would be real happy to post your pictures, and if you have a write up about the process. And of course give a link to wherever you want.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 01:12 PM
Where are you looking? â€“ As an ATMâ€™r or CNâ€™r how many times have you heard this phrase? When taking in the night sky with a less experienced person or group, this scenario is often played out. In an attempt to replace frustration with understanding, accomplishment, and fun, I built the StarRocker Locator. The ceramic ball was purchased at a home decorator store. The Baltic Birch plywood is attached to the ceramic ball with clear Silicon Seal. I usually lock the laser switch on and then use the remote switch as it allows me to turn it on and off without changing the location of the laser.
A fun feature of the Locator is revealed as it sits on my desk and my non-astronomy friends eye it, get enough nerve to ask what it is, and upon being told, roll their eyes, look up at the ceiling and slightly shake their head. As a CNâ€™r I know you understand this!CN Rocks!
Don M StarRocker
Thank you. Don M (StarRocker)
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 01:58 PM
Excellent inventions Don M!!!
Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:29 PM
Shouldn't the pictures of your Locator in use include the text, "simulated laser beam"? People might get the impression you've sourced a laser you could burn your initials onto the Moon with!
More seriously, your projects bespeak the skills of an artisan. Nice stuff!