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    I am in the process of building a "Hiss Drive" right now Hiss Drive Platform Pics Great pictures showing one

    Kind of like Henk's but without the motor. It will raise the base off the ground about 20". Another option & could add tracking. Very simple to do with hand tools.
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    Default Re: comfortable viewing with 8" dob

    I poured a 2x2 concrete base and stacked two layers of 8x16 in blocks, four each layer, and topped with plywood. Works great. I can either sit or stand. Don't have to stand on my head to look through the finder scope.

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    Default Re: comfortable viewing with 8" dob

    Quote Originally Posted by David Dooley View Post
    Don't have to stand on my head to look through the finder scope.
    Ah! .... that's what I've been doing wrong.

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    Default Re: comfortable viewing with 8" dob

    The observing chair is the best. I haven't tried this but a reinforced wood spool from a electrical supply house may work to. I have mine on a furniture dolly to roll it in and out my garage. It brings it up about 3''.

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    Default Re: comfortable viewing with 8" dob

    I had the same problems observing with my 8" Dob. People gave me the same answer. Get an observing chair or make one (There are some good plans on the net for adjustable observing chairs if you are so inclined and have some wood working skills.) Since I value my appendages I broke down and bought a Stardust observing chair. What a difference it makes. It even has a foot rest. And I can use the chair for my 12.5" dob or my 8"cat. Would never be without it now. In some ways a good chair is more important than a good eyepiece. There is no point in having a good eyepiece if you can only look through it for short periods of time. With a good chair you can observe for hours in comfort.....well except for the cold, the bugs, the etc

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    I got the Stardust chair after my homemade chair kept slipping down & I finally had enough threw it in the trash. In the interim period between my ordering the Stardust chair & my receiving it, I had a clear night or two, but I didn't even take my scope out because I knew that I would be miserable w/o an adjustable chair to use. A good adjustable chair is just an essential accessory, in my opinion.
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    Wow, that is inexpensive! The drummer's throne might work better on uneven ground because of three legs (vs five wheels), but that is cheap enough to try it out, for sure.
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    I went to a music store my friend owns. The drum chair is a good option.the screw bolt is adjustable but only so high. Im going to thy to reproduce the screw bolt on my lathe to make it longer so it can be adjusted even higher.A bar stool cut down a foot or so with the round footrest might be nice and comfortable. If it had a drum seat with a adjustment for height like the drummers throne that may be real comfortable. My friend has a observing chair and i always feel like im slipping. I have a fold up step stool, the one that only has 2 steps a small step and a large step at the top. I can sit on the top and put my feet on the bottom step. Wally world sells then for 15 bucks but you can't adjust it but its very comfortable.

 

 
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