This early summer, I purchased a pair of hideously overpriced "camp chairs" because I was taking a long time fishing buddy on a fly fishing trout expedition for a week here in Michigan. We camped (which in my opinion is the only way to do a trout expedition) and by way of camp comfort, I bought the Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury chairs.
August was pleasant and September more so until the heavy rains started. I found myself out late into the evening and started using the chairs for ... stargazing.
In the last month I have started my observing notebook, started my sketches and observing log, dug out an old Nikon 5100 and learned how to "fix" its issues, and have started actually planning my observing sessions.
Sometime this winter I'll try some astrophotography (off topic, apologies).
I use field glasses and am finding 8x32 Katmai Leupold field glasses sufficient for my purpose of "learning" the constellations. The light weight is the appeal.
Years ago I mastered celestial navigation; but, that required only knowing about 28 common brights and a great deal of spherical geometry. The whole sky? Not so much. At least, not enough to be able to converse reasonably about the open cluster around X star in Y constellation. I'm going to fix that here in the next couple of years.
I am enjoying the Nemo chair as I can prop my elbows on the stanchions from which the sling seat is suspended and find this promotes good stability so far. That seems to be the key to my thrall: stability coupled with convenience.
I am wondering, I see the gravity chair mentioned commonly in "seating" threads. How does one "brace up" for stability in that or does everyone use a tripod mount when they get serious about prolonged observation (say ... more than an hour) ?
I'm new. First post here. In awe of cloudy nights and the expertise I see just causally crop up in banter. I'm well suited to primitive observing. I'm in Michigan .... I have a parka collection and a closet whose top shelf is filled with outside-use blankets and quilts.
Thanks. I look forward to learning some stability hints.