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athornett

Making your own dew shield

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athornett    39

James, Thanks for the link to http://stargazerslou...den-dew-shield/

I like it too! I wonder what the weight is, being made out of veneered ply? Certainly for my dobs, weight is very important - every kg at top has to be counter-balanced with 4 or 5kg at bottom (due to differences in distance from fulcrum) - I have a large collection of various magnetic weights!! Actually on that point, I have found the magnetic strips you buy from Wilkos to put tools on wall in garage make great magnetic weights - sold in packs of three of different sizes - just like the scales in the kitchen can choose combinations to balance most things. Only problem is I now need 2 packs, what with Telrad, 2 inch Explore Scientific eyepeices (weigh a ton) and dew shield on top!

Andy

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JamesF    7,744

I'm finding similar problems with my own dob as I've moved to the more expensive end of the market with eyepieces. I am going to have to start thinking about counterweights soon.

James

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IanL    774

Everyone knows you should use a yoga mat not a camping mat. Helps you be more at one with the universe.

Seriously though, they sell foam mats in black if you're buying from new. They're still a bit on the shiny side generally though and have had reflection problems with them in the past so probably worth getting some flocking material at the same time.

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Wyvern    141

...."yoga mat, not a camping mat"..... oh how we laughed on the way to Casualty!!!.... One wonders if your observatory is set up per Feng Shui principles! :icon_biggrin:

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tich    1,342

I've made one using a camping mat for my 250P last week, I also did the same for my 200P & stuck some velcro on both.

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