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    Default LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?



    Hey guys im looking into buying some LED Strips with a remote to run from a 12v deep cycle battery (under 1kg weight)

    Looking to run it in my dobsonian base(RED LED SETTING), then i can run my 12v fan for the main mirror with winter coming along.
    Has anyone done a mod like this to there telescope? If so any Pros or Cons if someone has done it. Just thought it could be a great idea to do.

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    Default Re: LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?

    I just use a red bicycle light on a head band. It's on when I need it, off when I don't, just a finger flick away for activation, and always shines where I am looking.
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    Default Re: LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?

    Yup agree a 'headlight' is the way to go
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    I 3rd the headlamp with a red led. The only way to roll!
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    Default Re: LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?

    well i rekon leds up the legs of the tripod would look great especially if you could get them flashing up and down and maybe music in sync ? I Sadly all I can afford is the headband type as well .. good luck with it ...
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    Default Re: LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?

    It can be useful to have a string of red 'table decoration' LEDs strung around your tripod at star parties.

    If they're a bit intense, you can wrap a little bit of tissue paper around each LED as a diffuser.

    For assisting your own vision, a headlight is the way to go.
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    Default Re: LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?

    If I saw an astronomer at a star party lit up like that I would look for a space far from him for mine
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    Default Re: LED's run on telescope mount pros n cons?

    For a star party, I'd recommend a Strontium based glow-in-the-dark tape. It illuminates the legs of the tripod just enough to let someone know it's there to prevent tripping without interfering with others' observing. I also put some around the front and back of my newtonian tube for the same reason. The strontium based tape glows for a long time. Plus, there's no batteries to worry about.

    For looking at the my dob's setting circles I had a faint red clip light that I pointed at the port so I could read the numbers.

    I also carry around a yellow Pak-Lite. It has a dim and bright setting and it's small. It just clips to the end of a 9v battery. If I need it while using my hands, it's small enough that I can hold it in my mouth.
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