Buy Astro Stuff's Astro Chair
8 October 2002
For years I had been stooping at the eyepiece of my various telescopes and living with the literal "pain in the neck". My conclusion: a chair is the most important piece of equipment you will buy for use with your telescope. In the last year I have tried a couple of stools and chairs, but they either didn't have enough range in vertical adjustment or they were simply not portable. A few months ago I built a chair (based on the Denver Observer's Seat) but my woodworking skills and tools didn't really allow for a professional job, so I was still looking.
Well, there's not a lot you can say about a chair, but here it is. It is lightweight - about 10 pounds (4.5kg) - but very strong. I'm not a heavy guy, but it definitely would hold someone with a healthy appetite. The legs open sufficiently to provide a stable platform that still fits easily between the legs of a tripod. It's very portable when stowed. It folds up into a slim 4 inches (10cm) that can easily fit in your closet or your car trunk. When folded, a clever design feature locks the seat in an upright position to ease storage and transport.
Most importantly, it's comfortable! The padded seat adjusts from about 18 inches (46cm) up to 31 inches (80cm). At the higher elevations the sturdy footrest is a welcome addition. The height is easily adjustable with one hand and soon you will be adjusting it like a pro. I now find myself quickly fine-tuning it for maximum comfort each time I move to a new object.
If you don't have an observing chair, you need one. And Buy Astro Stuff's Astro Chair is as good as they get. Well, that is until I get that antigravity chair that moves by thought command.