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METEORITE DISPLAY

Started by Thomas Dey, 09/11/2014 11:15AM
Posted 09/11/2014 11:15AM Opening Post
I built a nice display stand for my 39-lb Campo del Cielo; Marty Rhode kindly provided certification and encourages me to share the presentation. See attached photo (I intend to add a few more pics if there is interest). The base is from an earth globe which I relegated to another stand. The meteorite sits on a WWII "new old stock" porthole glass 12.5 inch diam by 3/4 thick tempered plate and inexpensive from a surplus dealer. This interfaces to the base with some rings that I made using 3/4 plywood and the router. There is a (sturdy!) lazy-susan between so the whole thing spins effortlessly for examination. A perfect-fit custom Acrylic dome tops it off. I found that from a specialty shop on the web and again, the price was quite reasonable. The raw plywood looked stupid and I experimented with all sorts of finishes to no avail...all I wanted was flat black but no paints or stains looked good on the scraps. Solution: A giant Sharpie from Dollar General! It took just two of those ($2) and some patience while I sat at the dining room table watching TV. Then Marty's certification in a frame ($4 from the same store), an old tungsten halogen desk lamp and yippee - I love the results. Gota admit...just a bit "iron-ic" to shelter a bowling-ball sized 4.6 billion year old projectile under a display dome! But presentation attracts attention and I think adds value. Tom Dey

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29-inch Dob in a dome
36-inch upgrade soon
LUNT 80/80 solar scope
FLI 6803 cam
APM 100mm APO Binos
JMI RB-16 Night Vision Binos
Zeiss 20x60 IS binos
Posted 09/11/2014 11:25AM #1
Another picture - I don't know how to put more than one in the original post. Enjoy! Tom Dey

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29-inch Dob in a dome
36-inch upgrade soon
LUNT 80/80 solar scope
FLI 6803 cam
APM 100mm APO Binos
JMI RB-16 Night Vision Binos
Zeiss 20x60 IS binos
Posted 09/11/2014 11:28AM #2
And another pic...that's me. Tom Dey

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29-inch Dob in a dome
36-inch upgrade soon
LUNT 80/80 solar scope
FLI 6803 cam
APM 100mm APO Binos
JMI RB-16 Night Vision Binos
Zeiss 20x60 IS binos
Posted 09/11/2014 11:30AM #3
And as it sits in my computer room...Tom

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29-inch Dob in a dome
36-inch upgrade soon
LUNT 80/80 solar scope
FLI 6803 cam
APM 100mm APO Binos
JMI RB-16 Night Vision Binos
Zeiss 20x60 IS binos