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14-06-2007, 01:25 PM
Just came across these observing tents and shelters and thought others might be interested.
14-06-2007, 01:34 PM
I've often seen this kind of thing on the web and wondered why people use them? The only reasoning I can think is if you expect it might rain? Or perhaps in the US where there are 1000 people at a star party and you're concerned about security?
I would expect they are confined/cramped and make moving around and talking to others while observing harder and more awkward?
Interesting objects... certainly neat to be able to tuck it all away safely ... but I dunno...
anyone got one and care to provide input?
14-06-2007, 01:39 PM
Well, at least they are cheaper than the other mob selling a similiar item for US$2500
14-06-2007, 02:05 PM
Wind shield, light shield, keeps stuff dry from dew, an extra modicum of warmth inside, comfort? Maybe? Too expensive to suck it and see though.
14-06-2007, 02:41 PM
Ahh yeah... wind, light & dew are good reasons. In my case, light - to keep the light in (from the laptop etc) :lol:
14-06-2007, 04:03 PM
Hey, speaking of laptop light, i did a thing to cure it that worked twofold....
I was imaging Venus in the middle of the day, i have a card table set-up and the daylight made my screen hard to see, so i got a 30 pack of diet coke, drunk all the cans to empty it, then cut the top off, cut a 4 by 1 inch slit in the long side and put it over the monitor upside down and VOILA! A laptop peephole that kept the daylight off my screen and not only that kept the frost off my puter, i need to refine it but i need to make a proper box OR make a tent shelter....
Kendrick have good tents but a little pricey for my liking!
PS......i didnt drink all 30 cans of diet coke....eventually i did but next i'll try Tooheys OLD carton...
14-06-2007, 04:51 PM
There’s a very nice “how to” right here (http://www.iceinspace.com.au/index.php?id=63,370,0,0,1,0) on Ice In Space!
14-06-2007, 04:59 PM
This one should be cheaper
14-06-2007, 08:34 PM
OOOh! Thanks guys! Impressive!
You know you're doing me out of a job emptying a carton of Tooheys OLD to get my laptop peep-hole going....lol :P
Thankyou for the links!
14-06-2007, 09:38 PM
Geez that's a simple design!!!!!!!!!! Good price too (for Americans)
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