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Old 02-10-2017, 03:23 PM
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just finished my first bino-chair

Hello, just wanted to share my version of bino-chair as inspired by the starrocker made by Don M which i found on the cloudy nights forums.
here is the link to the star rocker https://www.cloudyni...r/#entry3001251

I tried to use as much recycled materials as possible in this project. The only thing i bought new was some nuts and bolts, a chair swivel bearing assembly and an extra bit of ply for the base. Most of the plywood I got from a carpet store who had decent quality plywood pallets they wanted to get rid of. I am an upholsterer by trade and was able to gather used webbing, foam and excess vinyl from various re-upholstery jobs i had done. I think the total cost was about $60 bucks.

hope it gives you ideas!

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Old 02-10-2017, 04:01 PM
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Fabulous Leigh. Well done. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-10-2017, 04:39 PM
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Function AND style !
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:36 PM
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thanks guys. Have tested it out a couple times and works pretty well. only major issue i have is when you recline past 45° you shift in the seat and have to reposition the binoculars quite a bit.
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:44 PM
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Nice Job Blinky Of course the only thing we are all wondering is; "Where is the drinks holder ?"...... but then you now have 2 hands free for that.

Well done

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Old 04-10-2017, 05:51 PM
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Nice, but...

It will mildew... and it2 would be to use a balanced cantilever which supports the binos and moves freely up & down.

Here's an example I made long ago... carrying a 4" SCT on a wheelchair. In this example the cantilever is made from strips of tassie oak and the counterweight salvaged from an old EQ mount. The scope is supported on a home-made altaz mount, the altitude bearing being two ex-Ikea lazy-suzans and the azimuth fabricated from a bicycle front-wheel shaft. The supporting cradle is made from four L-shaped laminated shelf brackets also ex-Ikea.

From using it I'd say it would be possible to use upto an 8" SCT this way.

If you can find an electric wheelchair even better as this provides electric azimuth slewing
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:11 PM
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That’s a cracker Blinky, very nice indeed. So it rocks back as well as rotating?
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:32 PM
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thanks for the feedback everyone.
here's a youtube video the original maker of the star rocker put up, which better explains how it works.

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How good is that .... nicely made to ..!!
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