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#1 Guest_**DONOTDELETE**_*

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 04:19 PM

I have been thinking about some of support for observing with a hand held binocular. Standing is tiring and lying on the ground gets my clothes dirty. So I've bought a camping mat to lie on. I have also seen some Chinese camping chairs going at a ridiculously low price and one of those looks a good idea. Presumably it would also be useful with a small rich field refracting telescope? How about a folding sun lounger? Anyone got a favourite 'body support'?

#2 ailevin

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Posted 19 May 2004 - 11:25 PM

Mickey,

My favorite cheap solution is what we call a banana chair. It is a beach or pool lounge chair that has three sections framed in steel tubing and upholstered in plastic tubing. The middle section has legs and sits on the ground, and the end sections click up so you can adjust your back anywhere from laying flat to pretty much sitting up. They are mostly made in China and found at discount stores. I bought one at WalMart for less the $10 to use at a star party and I was very happy with it. Not too heavy to carry, and much more comfortable than the ground.

A poolside lounge chair with arms has some advantages, but is much more expensive and less portable.

Good Observing,
Alan

#3 StarWars

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:35 AM


Let's see...you probably want something along the lines of portability...and it must be comfy..

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And for $29.95 at Target the answer is.....

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#4 Craig Simmons

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 06:50 AM

I recommend the Everywhere chair found at REI. It's strong, comfortable and reclines. I use this with my Alt-Az bino chair. I added a headrest.

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 07:16 AM

Has anyone done any observing from a hammock? :lol: That may be too comfortable. :sleepy:

#6 Pat Bohlinger

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 11:20 AM

I have used an inflatable air mattress, with the "pillow" portion partially deflated. It kept me clean and dry but I really missed having arm supports to rest my elbows on.

Also, depending on the time of year, the colder the air in the mattress got, the lower she sank.

The next chaise lounge I buy absolutely must have the arm supports.

Pat

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:12 PM

How good are your woodworking skills? You may want to consider building your own. With Craigs' design or mine arm rests are not really needed. Indeed, they may even get in the way in getting in and out of the chair.

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:32 PM

While you search for the perfect chair I suggest the following: I have a folding camp chair made by Totes; cost $29 (carrying case included). What makes it so useful, is that it has a foot rest attached. This addition forced the chair configuration to be tipped back. Bottom line, it is a great binocular observation chair.

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#9 Guest_**DONOTDELETE**_*

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 01:06 PM

Ah man, Tony. That chair is so perfect for observations....and for plain 'ol kicking back with brew too. Very nice.

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 02:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Looks like a 'Banana chair' or similar is on the shopping list.


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