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Posts Made By: Alan Bott

October 9, 2021 03:48 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Telescope use while confined to a wheelchair

Posted By Alan Bott

Ok   here is my situation.  I am wheelchair dependent and have recently purchased my first telescope.  I purchased new a Orion SkyView Pro 8" Equatorial Reflector Telescope.  I have looked to see how others with my condition enjoy using reflector type telescopes.  

My telescope arrived and I immediately realized that I will need a dolly mechanism to move that around my patio area.  I looked for a model specific dolly and found nothing.  I looked for a universal rig and found they were all about 400.00.  Here is what I looked at as my best answer.  Remove the toes from the bottom of the tripod legs and install rolling/lockable casters.  I found a set of 3 casters delivered to me for about 60.00.  I then found the toes are epoxy glued to the stainless steel legs.  It appears I will need to cut off the toes to do what I am thinking.  The attached picture hopefully explains my idea.

Does anyone have a set of Orion SkyView Pro 8" Equatorial Reflector Telescope tripod legs (only) for sale?    I am in Jacksonville FL.   I am also open to other ideas as to options.  Thanks in advance.

AL

October 9, 2021 01:03 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Telescope use while confined to a wheelchair

Posted By Alan Bott

Greg,  YOU are exactly why I posted that into the forum.  Looking for information.  I will be getting into a few more groups/forums as I find them.  This upcoming Friday, I will be meeting with the local star gazing group.  Looking forward to finally enjoying something I have spent my life looking at... the stars.  Thanks for some direction on where to go next.

Consider me standing at an intersection.. looking for directions from a local... hoping it doesnt turn into a scene from Family Vacation movie   ... you know the one... from the in the inner city.... 

AL

October 15, 2021 01:09 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Telescope use while confined to a wheelchair

Posted By Alan Bott

One of the members suggested I look online using Amazon.  I appreciated the new focus.  I did find HTURS Photography Professional Tripod Dolly, Heavy Duty and Lightweight with 3-inch Rubber Wheels, Adjustable Leg Mounts and Bag for Canon Nikon Sony DSLR Cameras Camcorder Photo Video Lighting available on Amazon.  It was about 90.00 for the heavy duty one.  With a little creativity I think it will be very very user friendly.  SO far, I did find I need to find a way to lock the legs to the dolly, some sort of a safety strap that holds the legs directly to the dolly.  Right now it has a thumbscrew that applies pressure but does not lock the legs to the dolly.  I guess if it was easy, everyone would have done this already.  Thanks again to everyone that has offered advice.

AL

October 15, 2021 01:14 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Telescope use while confined to a wheelchair

Posted By Alan Bott

I tried to add a few pics.  

October 15, 2021 01:14 PM Forum: Equipment Talk