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#26 AlienFirstClass

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:02 PM

Thanks for starting this discussion...it should prove to be an interesting one.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:07 PM

Yes it is and I forgot one,a heating pad to keep EPs warm ;)
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:27 PM

DC powered 'camping' hair dryer... I question how well these things work for drying hair, but they make short work of dew. :)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:41 PM

I nominate this thread for a sticky11

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:55 PM

We try to keep the "Sticky" threads to a minimum; so they don't push the actual threads down on the page in the forums.

It may, at a later time; be posted under "Carol's Picks".

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:01 PM

:)

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:06 PM

You go girl :yay: :thewave:

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

Rubbermade type containers as telescope cases.

The JMI hard cases are amazingly beautiful, but expensive. The Rubbermades have proven themselves to be a practical and economical alternative.

I had no idea this thread would be so popular. But it seems that I'm not the only one looking to go the less expensive route!

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 05:03 PM

Let's see:

- Lowe's aluminum case (mentioned earlier)
- Once made an SCT counterweight assembly from crochet hoop rings
- PVC pipe; at least three scopes now
- PVC pipe as finderscope rings
- PVC pipe fittings as altitude bearings on at least two scopes
- Lazy Susan bearing: Azimuth bearing for two different scopes (the 12" ones work best)
- Counter-top laminate for Dob bearing surface (wasn't Ebony Star)
- UHMW tape die cuts I got at work (these have come in handy for a variety of things)
- PTFE tape from work (handy for focusers, other sliding parts on scopes)
- LED bulbs from Radio shack that, when placed in a short length of PVC pipe and a battery pack and a few switches, works well as a multi-purpose light (white, bright red, dim red)
- NiMh battery packs from radio-control airplane hobby work well as counterweights / Dob fan power source
- Found some felt-like paper at Hobby Lobby that worked wonders as a flocking paper for several scopes
- Used carpet tape to adhere the above-mentioned paper

That's about all I can think of off the top of my head at the moment. I might be able to come up with more.
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#35 reddog15

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:52 PM

Definitely a construction worker,my guess a plumber with all the PVC :thewave: No, I,m a carpenter :p

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:27 PM

Actually I'm in sales and do CAD design as part of my job too.

But I have fixed a lot of plumbing in my house. Does that count? ;)

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 03:43 AM

I use a Plano case for eyepieces and odds and ends, a foam mat for a dew shield, a computer power supply to run my mount, plastic buckets that cat litter comes in to store and carry power cables and stuff, and a red LED truck marker light mounted on the end of a old clip on lamp. I love to "recycle".

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:04 AM

Plastic tarps to place the telescopes in field

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 04:54 AM

Actually I'm in sales and do CAD design as part of my job too.

But I have fixed a lot of plumbing in my house. Does that count? ;)

Honorary,you do have versatility though ;)

#40 magic612

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:19 AM

Actually I'm in sales and do CAD design as part of my job too.

But I have fixed a lot of plumbing in my house. Does that count? ;)

Honorary,you do have versatility though ;)


Credit goes to my dad - he taught me how to both build and fix a lot of different things when I was a kid. That knowledge and creativity carries forward. :)

#41 mich_al

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:54 AM

[Credit goes to my dad - he taught me how to both build and fix a lot of different things when I was a kid. That knowledge and creativity carries forward. :)


Yea, mine too, probably the most valuable skill I have, and that includes college degrees.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:46 AM

Good deal ;)

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:52 AM

I recently was given a 12V heated car seat and it occured to me that maybe this could be used to somehow rap around eyepieces not in use and keep them from dewing up. Or maybe just put it out flat on a table and the heat alone should keep the eyepieces warm. Hmmm what do ya think??

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 12:05 PM

I use a heating pad in a case for my EPs so you'll be just fine ;)

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:15 PM

Keeping it alive :whistle:

#46 dandabson

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 05:01 PM

One word "VELCRO"

I use it to secure hand controlers, dew buster cables, etc.
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:24 PM

One word "VELCRO"

I use it to secure hand controlers, dew buster cables, etc.

Yea and works good for controlling the youngins too :roflmao: :lol:

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:32 PM

Oh, almost forgot - I used a drum stool for the longest time as my adjustable-height observing chair, before I built myself a new one out of wood that has a more comfortable seat and allows me to lean back (helpful for binocular observing).

And milk crates make great 'tripods' for smaller-sized Dobs - place the scope on the milk crate, and the eyepiece is at a much more comfortable level for those smaller 4.5" and 5" scopes.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 10:57 PM

And milk crates make great 'tripods' for smaller-sized Dobs - place the scope on the milk crate, and the eyepiece is at a much more comfortable level for those smaller 4.5" and 5" scopes.


Speaking of milk-crates. I personally use somthing similar to carry little things (power cord, polarizer, etc...), and then, when I feel like it, I flip it side-ways and use it as an observing chair! Not exactly top of the line, but it's functional, light, and cheap!

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:32 PM

Flower pot.

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