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Show us your Dob Steps

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I have been using a two-step fold-up ladder for my Dob for a few weeks and found that it had two problems:

1. A bit light and wobbly for someone of my svelte-like stature (:rolleyes2:), and;

2. The legs sink into soft ground causing it to be an unstable and somewhat dangerous platform.

Last week I bought a set of these "Hot Tub Steps" and I must say they are a fantastic improvement! At almost three foot wide with a large, solid footprint and with non-slip steps they make for a much more secure viewing experience.

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Worth considering, even though they are not particularly cheap.

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They look really handy Derek! I won't ask why you were loitering around the hot tub section of eBay

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They look really handy Derek! I won't ask why you were loitering around the hot tub section of eBay

I don't think I can respond to that without breaking a forum rule :rolleyes2::lol:

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That looks great, Paul.

I was looking for something I could leave outdoors which is why I was browsing the Hot Tub pages. Honest, it's true!  :grin:

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Perhaps a Mod could change the title of this thread to "SHOW US YOUR DOB STEPS"?

It would be interesting to see what others use.

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I use a plastic caravan step £6 from a nearby caravan seller.

You can see it here behind my Dob.

Calvin's 18" f/3.9  is behind (no step required) and thats him and DanK chilling out at Dobfest II

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A bit disapointed ... I thought you meant Dub Step

;)

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I use a plastic caravan step £6 from a nearby caravan seller.

You can see it here behind my Dob.

Calvin's 18" f/3.9  is behind (no step required) and thats him and DanK chilling out at Dobfest II

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These are my steps too, I only use scopes large enough for steps when I'm with the dob mobbers

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These are my steps too, I only use scopes large enough for steps when I'm with the dob mobbers

If you ever SHOW UP :D

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If you ever SHOW UP :D

I'm always at lucksall :)

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Very nice Derek I will photograph my bricks when the snow allows me but I can see show us you underwear is not far away.

Alan

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I use a plastic caravan step £6 from a nearby caravan seller.

You can see it here behind my Dob.

Calvin's 18" f/3.9  is behind (no step required) and thats him and DanK chilling out at Dobfest II

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you forgot to mention my leg behind your scope steve :icon_biggrin:

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I use these for observing in Dobson's Hole...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curver-Two-Step-Stool/dp/B003N9CMPQ

...quite wide feet to stop sinking into the ground.

Can just about sit down on them.

Main issue is stability of the observer.  Much better to have tall steps with lots of redundant height but lots to grab on to to steady yourself.  Also better with people that are not used to looking through eyepieces.

Paul

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I use a plastic caravan step £6 from a nearby caravan seller.

You can see it here behind my Dob.

Calvin's 18" f/3.9  is behind (no step required) and thats him and DanK chilling out at Dobfest II

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did you purposely tilt the camera to negate the effect of the hill?

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did you purposely tilt the camera to negate the effect of the hill?

Was there a hill involved Dan? I don't remember  ;)   :evil6:  :evil6:

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