Early this evening the Moon was shining down on a cloud-free Pembrokeshire; perfect for testing my new homemade tripod.
A few weeks ago, I found an EQ mount in the back of a shop in a small village near the town of Cardigan, which cost me £5, but alas the tripod legs were not included.... maybe that's asking a bit much for a fiver!! :0)
For a few weeks I simply used it as you see below.....
The above method works quite well, though my back thanked me whenever I placed the whole set up on our coffee table.
It was time to fabricate a tripod and I decided to keep the height of the tripod about the same as the coffee table.
Today I made that tripod..... just in time to catch this evening's gibbous Moon.
It may be a small tripod, but with a cushion and the lotus position the views are comfortable enough for many minutes of observing. Maybe next time I'll make myself a small stool to sit on.
This setup would be perfect for the Zen practitioner.... sitting meditation and peeking at the Universe with a 60mm/f5 glass... an excellent combination.!
|Helen meditating on the Luna light|
This little scope, (fingers crossed), will be out and about around the county next month for the solar eclipse on March the 20th... I must remember to bring a cushion!
Clear Meditative Skies
Mark & Helen