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Old 20-10-2019, 04:16 PM
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Wheels on Dob

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I have a 16" dob and it's a bit cumbersome to get around. I'm thinking of attaching wheels to the base.

Now I'm not using it for photography so a little movement won't matter too much for observing. I'm just not sure how much movement there would be. Has anyone else done this?

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Old 20-10-2019, 04:54 PM
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Maybe just buy a low flatbed trolley with a handle from Bunnings or online supplier and sit it on that
If you sell it in the future it will have no holes etc... So like new when you originally bought it
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Old 21-10-2019, 08:23 PM
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Hi

I have a 16" dob and it's a bit cumbersome to get around. I'm thinking of attaching wheels to the base.

sharon
Hi Sharon,

This can work if the telescope is used manually, but won't work with any sort of digital setting circles because even minute movements of the ground-board will wreck your star alignments.

Best,

L.
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Flatbed trolley. There not expensive.
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Old 22-10-2019, 09:44 AM
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Hi Sharon,

I have a 10" dob with a wheel frame. 2 locking castor wheels at the front and 2 larger wheels at the back. Stays put for me, even at times when its on concrete I don't notice any movement.

I use the tension handle to pull it along.
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Old 31-10-2019, 12:42 PM
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Wheels for dob

I made something similar to what is shown in the following in this link:
https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/1...125-dob-advice

It works well for my 12" dob. Easy to make and the cost is minimal - can use old lawnmower wheels.

Suggest it is better than a castor platform, because:
- bigger wheels can better traverse unpaved surface or grass
- wheels are not in contact with ground, except when moving. So it is much more stable.

Good luck, Peter
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