Re: Imaging in the Wind

Jim Crumly

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From: On Behalf Of W Hilmo
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 09:42 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Imaging in the Wind


So does anyone have a parts list and plan so that I can get a head start on building one of these?


I tried to source parts on Amazon, but finding the metal tubing and fittings has been a challenge.  The motorhome is going to be on the road for most of the time between now and mid-September, so I can’t continue to use it as a wind break.


From: <> On Behalf Of John Love
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 7:50 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Imaging in the Wind


I have found my SkyBox to be a real "game changer" since I am often imaging at windy star parties after everyone else has given up and gone to bed.  Screen tarps would reduce wind loading on the structure but the frame is quite rigid when the tarps are installed and the tied downs keep the structure anchored to the ground.  I prefer the regular tarps to block stray light as well as wind.  During a recent trip to my dark site my 6x10x6H SkyBox withstood a 53 mph wind gust and sustained winds of about 45 mph.   The next night I took this image of NGC5033 with 25 mph wind with a 10" RC @ 2000mm on my AP900. 


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