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#26 Doc Willie

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:01 PM

Anyone know if there are any special washing instructions for the Dark Skies Apparel vest?

 

Eric

Yes. Hand wash cold water only, line dry, iron if desired. These babies will shrink unbelievably if you do otherwise. 

 

Sad to hear they will no longer be available. I have both a daytime and nighttime vest. 

 

I wonder if they would make their patterns available. 


Edited by Doc Willie, 07 June 2016 - 12:02 PM.


#27 beatlejuice

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:08 PM

Thanks Doc.  

 

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:29 PM

I'd had a hood for a while when I decided a vest would be nice for the winter and ordered one. Dragan had to look to see if there were any left to ship. I got lucky and maybe the last one. His description was that they suspended DSA operations to concentrate on other businesses and their astro website for a while. Nice folks.

I'd suggest watching the r-sky site. They picked up the hood idea and seem to be expanding their offerings pretty steadily. Their Telrad heater strip dew remover is EXCELLENT.



#29 tag1260

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 01:14 PM

Can you give a pointer to the r-sky site? All iI find is a kite shop and couldn't find anything on there. Thanks



#30 audioaficionado

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 01:25 PM

Can you give a pointer to the r-sky site? All iI find is a kite shop and couldn't find anything on there. Thanks

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#31 nevy

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 04:37 AM

Keep an eye out on the second hand market , they'll probably be a few for sale at an inflated price now that they are not made any more. 


Edited by nevy, 08 June 2016 - 04:38 AM.


#32 Sarkikos

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 06:09 AM

  :thinking:  :moneyeyes:

 

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Edited by Sarkikos, 08 June 2016 - 06:10 AM.


#33 John_G

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 07:49 AM

That's too bad they went out of business. I purchased mine about 5 years ago and use it a lot. Blocks stray light and allows you to keep both eyes open at the EP. It makes for comfortable viewing and all the pockets are a bonus. Even very dark sky sites it can be useful.



#34 DarkSkyKen

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 11:56 PM

How is the ordering process from R-Sky? Was it relatively quick to get our order from overseas?



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Posted 13 June 2016 - 01:15 AM

He shipped the hood the same day of the Paypal transfer. Shipping is only five dollars. Only been a week, so I don't expect it for a few days yet. I will update when I get it.



#36 havasman

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 01:36 AM

How is the ordering process from R-Sky? Was it relatively quick to get our order from overseas?

There were absolutely no problems with my order at all and everything showed up in @ 10 days. The products are excellent performers - dew heaters.



#37 George N

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 10:45 PM

That's too bad they went out of business. I purchased mine about 5 years ago and use it a lot. Blocks stray light and allows you to keep both eyes open at the EP. It makes for comfortable viewing and all the pockets are a bonus. Even very dark sky sites it can be useful.

 

I won mine in a raffle, and love it. Just used it for 3 nights at the Cherry Springs Star Party.



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 07:56 PM

I was given one as a retirement gift a little over two years ago.  Don't need it

at home but comes in handy when I travel.



#39 joetattoo

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 03:01 AM

He shipped the hood the same day of the Paypal transfer. Shipping is only five dollars. Only been a week, so I don't expect it for a few days yet. I will update when I get it.

Got it today, and the hood seems excellent. I think that this hood along with a photo or fishing vest will make a suitable replacement.



#40 lvv1227

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 04:27 PM

There is a sale on R-sky hoods right now. I've seen it here 

http://www.cloudynig...and-dust-cover/



#41 jrbarnett

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 08:52 AM

You basically have to do your own head drape, with a dark towel or some such.

As mentioned, it's not the same as an over sized, designed, attached observing hood, like the DSA.

 

 

I have bought my hood from http://r-sky.org/en/.../observing-hood

 

I was looking at that hood recently when I ordered some dew strips from R-Sky.  I should have added a hood to the order.

 

Mike

 

I dunno.  Looks a little too "Sith" for my tastes.  :grin:

 

- Jim



#42 Sarkikos

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 08:54 AM

No one will see you in it, in the dark.

 

:grin:

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#43 RBTinFL

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 11:24 AM

I just ordered one over the last few days. Prompt response, Paypal and shipping date followup. Will post when it arrives. I'll use it with a good photographers vest.

 

Cheers,

 

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#44 joetattoo

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

Thats what I did, Bob, and am quite happy with the result. Must admit, though, that the vest i am using doesn't have deep enough pockets for 2" ep. Will have to find a better vest.

#45 tag1260

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 12:32 PM

I'm the OP and that's where I am. Have a hood, I just need to find and appropriate vest. Anyone have ideas? Maybe start another thread asking? Thanks



#46 Sarkikos

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 12:44 PM

- John Dee

 

John Dee?  What happened to the Most Interesting Astronomer In the World?   Oh, that's right.  I did hear he left for Mars, never to return.

 

:(

Mike


Edited by Sarkikos, 15 July 2016 - 12:46 PM.


#47 joetattoo

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 01:03 PM

Just found one that looks really good at a site called bigpockets.com. Pricey, but it looks perfect. I will probably order it.

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 04:33 AM

Not a vest, but my ep pockets of choice for many years.

https://www.propper....s/bdu-coat.html



#49 Alvin See

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Posted 18 July 2016 - 02:38 PM

I got a Jedi cloak from eBay. Has a hood. But not a vest. Looks cool wearing it with a red torchlight on.



#50 vkhastro1

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 06:49 AM

Just received my R-sky observing hood from Russia.

It took 15 days for tracked delivery requiring a signature on postal delivery.

Excellent service, great communication with Roman.

 

A great design with adjustable snaps to adjust fit around your neck.

Excellent ergonomics and very dark light blocking material.

Highly recommended !!




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