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Monday, December 14th, 2009
New gear. Yay! \o/

So my astro imaging life just got a little easier. I just acquired a new (to me) Scope Buggy that's setup all purdy-like for getting to better spots in my yard.

It's got some saweet bonus features:
- It has pneumatic wheels so as to roll real easy on my gravel driveway and around my yard.
- It has leveling pins to both level and (more importantly) lift the wheels off the ground.
- It has a tray to hold the battery (in the cooler).
- It has dampening pads that the tripod feet sit on.
- It has a removable pull handle so once it's parked the handle is not in the way.
- It has adjustable components to custom fit the tripod legs where I want them.
- It's the "mini" version so it's not too large.

The only thing it's missing is a place to put my extension cord and laptop table. I may just add those things though since it's plenty sturdy enough to handle it.

This has made setup much easier. I only need to make 2 trips instead of 4 or 5 and I can wheel it comfortably pretty much anywhere I want to put it in my yard.

Thanks to Miquel for hooking me up with it. It has already been happy in it's new home.

I'm also including a picture of my scope frozen to death in the bitter cold last week. What fun!


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Comments:
On 01/01/10 at 03:47am Neil Heacock wrote:
Yeah... this is one of the reasons why I was shooting through the ZS66. Because I have a dew heater for it. I gots no dew (or ice) control for the Newtonian.

-Neil

On 12/31/09 at 01:09am dave wrote:
you call that ice build up...?
Come to Ottawa...this is normal here, Dec to April...
I am wondering about a dew heater for the secondary...but they cost like 150$ plus..
I use a hair dryer..!!

On 12/28/09 at 02:55pm Guy SPRIET wrote:
Génial Buggy ........ Ca donne des idées. Fallait y penser !!! Google translate: Awesome Buggy ........ It gives ideas. Was thinking!

On 12/21/09 at 10:04pm Miquel wrote:
Cool Buggy!!! ;)

On 12/17/09 at 03:21pm Barry wrote:
Maybe it was UFO's landing nearby. Didn't see any strange characters skulking around did you?

On 12/17/09 at 02:44pm Neil Heacock wrote:
Yeah.. definitely not the dew heater. It's on the other scope. My tripod legs and table all looked like that too. So did my car. It prolly has to do with being so close to Salmon Creek or something.

-Neil

On 12/17/09 at 10:02am Barry wrote:
You know, I am thinking the dew heater had something to do with the ice crystals on the scope......maybe it created just enough heat to cause condensation, that then quickly froze. I think the temperature got down to 7-8 degrees that night.

On 12/17/09 at 01:42am Neil Heacock wrote:
Yeah, a few nights it was really cold and the air was very dry and for some reason it formed very large crystals on everything. it was pretty strange. And this was the first time I saw ice go all the way down my OTA and get some on the primary mirror!

The buggy rules. You can see them at www.scopebuggy.com.

@Barry: Hmmm... espresso machine... I'm *loving* that idea!

-Neil

On 12/16/09 at 08:25pm Barry wrote:
Extension cord and laptop table? How about an espresso machine?

On 12/16/09 at 08:22pm Barry wrote:
You should have touched your tongue to the counterweight shaft. LOL "Battle Ground man taken to an area hospital at 4am this morning, his tongue stuck to a telescope".

Wow, man, that's some serious ice.....never seen that before. Did you hose it down before you went out? LOL

Nice buggy!

On 12/16/09 at 11:15am Jeff W wrote:
Wow Neil,

My scope has never gotten that frozen even here in Canada. Thats a nice buggy. Where I have to lug my stuff precludes me from using one. I have to make 4 or 5 trips down stair into the basement and back to get my gear out. That metal sure gets cold when its time to haul it all back in.

Jeff.


On 12/16/09 at 01:26am Neil Heacock wrote:
The Scope Buggy is a brilliant idea. I'm loving it already.

When I was packing up the frozen gear I made the mistake of grabbing the counterweight shaft and my hand instantly stuck to it. Yikes!

-Neil

On 12/15/09 at 06:25pm ALan wrote:
Nice buggy. Thats a great idea.

Check out that ice!



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