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    Astronomy field table.

    For some time, I have wanted a table to hold charts and guides when I am in the field, particularly at star parties. I saw a design for a construction field table in WOOD a while back, and although I couldn't find it again, I was able to reconstruct it in my mind and came up with what you see below. The construction is entirely dowel and glue, except for some brads holding the front ledger in place. It folds as you see, and only needs a bungee cord around it to make a portable package that can lie in the bed of my pickup when I go places. It's white so people won't bump into it even in very dark fields. Not really pretty, but practical.

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    Roger, That looks like it will work just fine. You better not leave what goes on at star parties up to our imagination I'm assuming astronomy activities. Do you have a telescope?

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    I have two scopes, both pretty much entry level, a 6" reflecting scope and a 4" refractor. Because of the poor quality of the skies whre I live, I mostly observe the Moon and planets from home, but if I can get a way to a good dark site (where star parties are held) I can see more of the amazing things that are out there. I also have a 11.5" mirror to build into a scope some day (soon, I hope.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    where star parties are held
    My partner & his wife went to Starfest last summer, somewhere near Welbeck Sawmill, if that's what you're referring to.

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    I haven't been to Starfest, but I've been to Cherry Springs Star Party about five times, and Black Forest Star Party once, both at the same location in PA. Ive taken myself up to Tobermory and Manitoulin Island as well.
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    That should work great
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    Nice looking table, Roger. I can see that being useful for a variety of applications.
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    That will do very well. Nicely done!
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    Re: Astronomy field table.

    I agree with Bill that looks cool for all sorts. I like the approach of not getting too fancy, that way it goes in the truck and u dont get upset if it gets a ding or two.

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    Very nicely done, Roger. No need to get all fancy with it...as Rob said it's bound to get some dings anyway, plus, it'll be dark - nobody will be looking that closely at it anyway.
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