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    Question standing or sitting observating



    Howdo you star gaze at night with your telescope?
    Do you looking though your 90 or 45 degree mirror prisum
    Which is more comfortable for you?
    Do you use a height adjustable stool or do you raise or lower the tripod?
    Would you use a zoom lens for telescope?
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    Default Re: standing or sitting observating

    Sitting, a good chair makes a world of difference!
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    Default Re: standing or sitting observating

    I use a Dob and not a refractor, but I find that when I sit, my body relaxes and I am able to concentrate more and see more details than if I am standing.
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    Default Re: standing or sitting observating

    I heard some use smartphone optic adopter on their telescopes reflector and refractor
    How long you star gaze and study star charts or use astro app or astronomy software Luke autostar suite?

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    Default Re: standing or sitting observating

    When I started, I asked what's the first accessory I should get. EVERYONE said a chair. When I saw the cheapest was $100 I thought...no way.
    After the next couple nights of stooping over, my back was killing me. I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough to buy the chair. It's almost impossible to stay steady while standing so the chair alone will improve your views.
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    My observing chair has become one of my most valued accessory. It makes observing just so much more comfortable. I only had one session with it yet, but I got a lot more done in the same amount of time and it was easier to keep looking and finding more details on objects.
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    It sure has helped my wife and I out. Really makes it easier to hold steady in the eyepiece and see more detail. The $90-100 chair works, but it's not highly padded. Thinking of taking it to an upholstery shop and having a couple inches of memory foam added.
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    Default Re: standing or sitting observating

    A good observing chair is THE MOST valuable accessory you will ever own, used all the time every time you are at the EP, any EP any scope.
    The 45 degree diagonal is used for terrestrial viewing and is not the best for star gazing, there are two mirrors joining creating a line in the center of the field of view. The 90 is best for star gazing and more comfortable.
    I do not like zoom EPs because of the restricted field of view, I much prefer dedicated EPs with a wide field of view.
    The most useful app I have found is Stellarium (free download to a mobile devise) and do not usually study ahead of time, I will refer to it as I observe in real time to help locate any object I am interested in.
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    Yeah it takes the load of you so you can relax and star stargaze

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveller128 View Post
    It sure has helped my wife and I out. Really makes it easier to hold steady in the eyepiece and see more detail. The $90-100 chair works, but it's not highly padded. Thinking of taking it to an upholstery shop and having a couple inches of memory foam added.
    Mine too. After a few hours, I'm hurting to the point that I have to quit. Even a $100 chair, you would think that they could beef up the padding with a little more foam.
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