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Project by revwarguy posted 400 days ago 2359 views 18 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, maybe not the chair, exactly – its just one of those “zero-g” chairs I got on sale.

Its the binoculars I wanted to use – they are very large and too heavy to hold for more than a few minutes, and are so powerful that any shaking (even your heartbeat) makes them useless. So, I built a parallelogram stand for them that stays right in front of my eyes where I put them. You can do some amazing stargazing with them, and the stereo view is wonderful.

Along with a blanket and a hot adult beverage, this makes astronomy a very comfortable experience!

Probably more than you want to know about it at www.liming.org/bino if you are curious.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright





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drbyte

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#1 posted 400 days ago

I built one nearly identical to this for my 20×200s-the view is spectacular and being able to put it up or down for different observers is really great! You did a great job! What did you use for your main center bearing on top of the tripod?

-- Dennis, WV

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revwarguy

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#2 posted 400 days ago

Mine are 200s as well. The bearings are pvc fitting caps with a thin layer of teflon between them, as described on the webpage.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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drbyte

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#3 posted 400 days ago

I went over and looked at your build blog. Very nice. I really liked the rubber bumper idea to keep fingers from getting mashed. I used nylon and laminate for my az bearing by the way. Great job and nice web site too!

-- Dennis, WV

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oakwood

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#4 posted 400 days ago

Nice build. Yes I agree that holding a pair of powerful binoculars is not easy but from what I see you have it all figured out. The tripod is a great idea. Thanks for posting.

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revwarguy

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#5 posted 400 days ago

I used nylon and laminate for my az bearing

I tried a lot of things, drbyte, including milk carton plastic, etc, but I had trouble with almost all of them. Either the bearing gasket made it move too easily, in which case it had trouble staying put, or it was too hard to move and you could get it where you wanted it without a fight. In the end, a sheet of teflon worked best.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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oakwood

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#6 posted 400 days ago

Just had a look at your web site giving instructions. Very nicely done and thanks for posting.

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joein10asee

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#7 posted 400 days ago

Wow. Them’s some BIG BINOC’s!

Nice rack too!

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ghost5

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#8 posted 400 days ago

Really good job. I was just talking to someone about celestial binos then this pops up….hmmm a sign maybe?

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 399 days ago

What a fun and good idea. Well done should make the nights alot more fun looking through these!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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BinghamtonEd

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#10 posted 399 days ago

Least inconspicuous peeping tom setup I’ve ever seen.

Great build, keep it up.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Skylark53

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#11 posted 399 days ago

Nice rig, well planned and executed. Looks to be a real comfortable way to do some serious stargazing. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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JuanGatico

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#12 posted 399 days ago

These binos look like ZHUMELL?

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eddie

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#13 posted 399 days ago

very cool heres a chair to go with it http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67270

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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ericspaw

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#14 posted 399 days ago

Nice job.

Dark skies
Eric

-- I keep cutting and it is still too short. http://mypam.blogspot.com/

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Mean_Dean

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#15 posted 399 days ago

Nice comfortable chair, an ice-cold beverage, and the Heavens big, bright, and beautiful. Looks like a great way to enjoy your summer nights!

-- Dean

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