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#1 CaliforniaSkyNerd

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 01:42 AM

I'm looking for a portable stand to setup my laptop on during an evening of observing and imaging.  My ideal would be something that:

1. Securely holds my laptop and a few other things.
2. Folds up flat or requiring minimal space when not in use or during transport.
3. Is height adjustable -- higher than table-top height -- something more like standing desk height.

So far, from previous threads here and Internet searches I see things like:

* Roland SS-PC1 Laptop Stand:  https://www.sweetwat...ith-tripod-base

* Keter Folding Work Table: https://www.keter.co...work-table.html

* Wal-Mart Mainstays Folding Table: https://www.walmart....-Black/46944832

I'm not sure any of them are really as tall as I would like -- at the height of a standing desk to prevent me hunching over while switching back and forth from the telescope eyepeices and the laptop.

Would love pointers to any table or stand setups that work well.



 

 



#2 Bill Weir

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 02:06 AM

If you are looking at standing desk height look into sheet music stands. All of those you list are table height. In fact one is just a table but many people have those. The first one you list is for a drummer so doesn’t go all that tall. A friend used to use a music stand that he modified with a small piece of plywood so it had a larger surface. It was quite tall and stable.

 

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 04:20 AM

Gday

 

I have used a folding table for several years, that also allows you to extend or lower height of table

It folds flat & has ample room for laptop etc

 

Hope this helps

 

 

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 08:47 AM

I use and like this:

 

https://www.amazon.c...ct_details&th=1

 

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 10:25 AM

This is my portable homemade set up, comes apart at the top and pipe swings forward out of way.  I do not have side views just front and back.  Made from scrap wood, 1" black iron pipe, 1 1/4 pvc pipe and some pipe clamps from electrical in lowes.  Photo files are big, one post per photo. Joe

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 10:27 AM

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 10:55 AM

Look at Intension Design.com. Not cheap, stable, works well!

 

https://www.intensio...com/tripodtable



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Posted 29 November 2021 - 11:10 AM

I use one of these:  https://www.amazon.c...,aps,345&sr=8-8

 

The one I have, I've had for 7 years.  Never an issue.  Light, folds up small, stable & sturdy.



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Posted 29 November 2021 - 08:55 PM

I use one of these:  https://www.amazon.c...,aps,345&sr=8-8

 

The one I have, I've had for 7 years.  Never an issue.  Light, folds up small, stable & sturdy.

I have had a similar one for almost 20 years. while good with lots of space, I moved on. tearing it down in the dark with cold fingers - oh well.

 

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Posted 29 November 2021 - 11:26 PM

Would love pointers to any table or stand setups that work well.

Something else... if you have a Berlebach tripod (I have a Planet and a UNI) they also have a tray which clamps onto the tripod leg at whatever height you like and has a ball-and-socket so you can lock it in any orientation.

https://www.berlebac...=details&id=559

 

This tray is exactly the size of a 13" laptop (MacBook Air, which I have) and I have 3 velcro tabs on the laptop to secure it so it won't slide off. Does the job nicely and no legs to fiddle with or trip over (apart from the tripod itself).

 

 

Next time I set up I'll take a pic but that could be a while as the weather here is really rotten.


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Posted 30 November 2021 - 02:01 AM

Conductor stands have more real estate than sheet music stands, and can support more weight.  Get a sense of how much weight you want on the thing.  I am fine with a K&M sheet music stand, but chart plus a laptop and eyepiece case would break the thing.  Just a laptop is okay, with velcro tie downs.

 

If you want it to be horizontal, that pretty much limits your options to solid, non-foldable, desk section music stands.

 

The taller you get, the more the wind is an issue.  Think carefully.


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Posted 30 November 2021 - 07:08 AM

Something else... if you have a Berlebach tripod (I have a Planet and a UNI) they also have a tray which clamps onto the tripod leg at whatever height you like and has a ball-and-socket so you can lock it in any orientation.

https://www.berlebac...=details&id=559

 

This tray is exactly the size of a 13" laptop (MacBook Air, which I have) and I have 3 velcro tabs on the laptop to secure it so it won't slide off. Does the job nicely and no legs to fiddle with or trip over (apart from the tripod itself).

 

 

Next time I set up I'll take a pic but that could be a while as the weather here is really rotten.

I've often looked at that tray, do you use it in that configuration for Imaging or just visual. I do just EAA and visual but suspect it would induce vibrations that I wouldn't want during a EAA session... I too would like to see a pic when you set up next time.

 

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Posted 30 November 2021 - 08:50 AM

I have had a similar one for almost 20 years. while good with lots of space, I moved on. tearing it down in the dark with cold fingers - oh well.

 

Rick

One word, Rick:  gloves :)


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Posted 30 November 2021 - 09:06 PM

I've often looked at that tray, do you use it in that configuration for Imaging or just visual. 

I use the rectangular tray specifically for the laptop - only - when imaging. The tripod has its own triangular tray for eyepieces etc.

 

As long as you have a light touch on the keyboard there's no issue with vibration, though the characteristics of the Planet tripod are a significant factor too. The other aspect is the mouse - the touchpad on the MacBook Air is superb and likewise is not an issue.

 

Of course, if you are ham-fisted and tend to smash keys, or insist on using a clunky mouse, this will be an issue and you should use a table separate from the scope.


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Posted 01 December 2021 - 02:07 AM

I have one of these. It is adjustable from 22" to 36" high, not sure if that is tall enough for you. https://www.samsclub...adj/prod8340198




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