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Offline Roberto

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Imaging from my wooden deck
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:43:23 PM »
Hello to all,
I would like to image from my wooden deck. It's just been redone so it's very sturdy but not perfect. I have both a metal and wooden tripod and I'll be using a Mach 1 mount with a 300-400mm FL OTA. Total weight 60-70#. I would like to image anywhere from 5-30min subs if possible.

Questions,
Would you try this or is it a waste of time?
If you would, what would you use as a base for the T-Pod for stabilization? I was thinking a large piece of plywood and vibration reduction pucks and use my wooden T-Pod.

Thanks in Advance,
Roberto



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Re: Imaging from my wooden deck
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2015, 08:05:17 AM »
Imaging from a wooden deck is never a good idea due to vibrations. But you might as well try it! If it were me i would skip the plywood base, not sure if that adds anything, but would use the the vibration pads and wooden tripod. Lastly I would not walk on the deck while imaging.
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Re: Imaging from my wooden deck
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 03:37:44 PM »
Whenever I tried imaging from my wood deck I would often run longer cables to the laptop, set a delay and slowly creep away from the area.  All of this while no one else is stirring about :-). 
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