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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
2 years ago I was skunked out twice by wind. The skies were clear, the locations were great (one was phenomenal) but the wind make the evening cold and impossible to use either the observing or the imaging gear. Here is a link I posted to what the wind was doing to my pictures:
Wind Effect


I told myself I'd look into wind protection so that didn't happen again. Well, it's been an interesting road of looking into wind blocking solutions and now with a star party coming up this weekend that has the potential to have windy conditions I'm in a pinch and threw something together.

I'll report back as to whether or not it worked out. I figure it will fall into one of three categories:
1) It will work perfectly
2) It will work somewhat, but will need tweaking
3) It will crash and burn and I'll be the laughing stock of the star party

Here are some pictures of what I put together with PVC pipes, tarps and bungie cords. Total cost was about $75.
 
The dimensions of each panel are 6' tall by 5' wide. So this 4 panel version is 20' of wind protection that hopefully will cover both the imaging ad the observing setups.

We'll see if it works!


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Comments:
On 05/21/09 at 02:03pm Neil Heacock wrote:
They're a bit hard to see, but if you look closely you can see that it's anchored with dumbbell weights at each post. 30lbs at the ends and 12 lbs at the others. I chose weights instead of U shaped spikes because I plan on using it at Trout Lake on the pavement and ITS where the ground might as well be pavement!

1 gallon jugs are more likely not to move and probably easier to work with. I may go that route.

The PVC pipes were about $45. I bought them in 10' lengths and cut 12 5' lengths and 14 3' lengths, and used the spare foot making connectors. The tarps were $5 each at Harbor Freights and the matching camo bungies were $10.

Those Dark Sky Panels are over $75 *each*. I'm sure they are much better and I will probably end up putting more money in to improve the system, but I'm hoping this is a decent start.

I'll test it in Maupin this weekend and I'm hoping it doesn't crash and burn!

-Neil

On 05/21/09 at 10:22am Barry wrote:
I have been threatening to do this for a long time and never got it done. Nice work! I saw where one guy used a couple of gallon milk jugs filled with sand to hold his down. How is it anchored?



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