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#1 Marco Prunotto

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 03:20 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

what type of observatory ladder/chair you have in your dome?

I'm finding quite cumbersome to identify a observatory ladder to use in my 4m observatory.

The pier is 1.80m hight and with mount and tube we are at almost 1.80m heigh compared to the observatory floor.

Any suggestion?

 

Regards,

Marco

 

 

 



#2 TOMDEY

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 04:00 PM

Hi, Marco! If you have enough room, warehouse ladders are wonderful and affordable. I make just one modification to them: replace the ~forward end~ fixed casters with locking swivel casters. Makes it far easier to maneuver around, even move it sideways. As a bonus, the ladders are always available right in there ~ready to roll~ for dome maintenance, etc.

 

They have railings both sides, platform top, are more like a staircase than a ladder. Comfortable on the feet and... safe!

 

There are many brands to choose from, starting at just a few steps, and all the way up to sixteen steps!    Tom

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#3 Cali

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 05:45 PM

Hi, Marco! If you have enough room, warehouse ladders are wonderful and affordable. Tom

Is that a bat as the Mascot Flapper?

 

- Cal


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#4 TOMDEY

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 06:26 PM

Is that a bat as the Mascot Flapper?

- Cal

Yeah, this picture shows him better!    Tom

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#5 VinceV

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:15 PM

I use an aluminum Gorilla Ladder (250lb rated) that has four steps (the bottom two are steps, the top two are platforms). The total height is 5.5 feet tall (for safety when you stand on the top platform) and it has a very narrow profile when not in use. I use this ladder to open / close the bottom shutter of an 8 foot ExploraDome). The top two platforms are comfortable to stand on for a period of time.



#6 CharlesW

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 10:59 AM

Don’t know if you can get these where you are but a small, Little Giant, ladder with the step platform would be lightweight and very comfortable to stand on. 




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