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Camping Observatory tent

Postby carastro » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:51 am

This is my 2nd buy of one of these. I sold the first one because I found the extra roof cover a real faff to put on late at night, it would slide all over the place and then had to peg it in to the ground and I found all this too much in the early hours when half asleep. The roof needed to be propped up by the telescope as there was no support. Also I could not satisfactorily get a table and chair inside, so decided to do without.

However, I have had several attempts at trying to get a satisfactory windshield, none of which were particularly successful, and as I wanted to take my 130PDS to camp I decided being inside an observatory tent might help also to reduce both wind and dew, so decided to buy another one which has a few design improvements since the original.

I had great difficulty finding any-one who sold them but managed to find one eventually. It still comes with the soppy little roof cover that is stretched and held on by strong velcro, this I would not trust to stay in place. But the new design comes with domed roof poles.

I put it up in the garden a couple of months ago during a brief dry spell. I was pretty sure I would not be able to fit inside with table and chair (like the last one) so decided to sit outside with cables through one of the doorways.

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So I decided to extend the soppy little roof cover and bought some matching waterproof fabric off Ebay and added about a 10" pelmit all the way around, and bought some plastic push in clips (also off Ebay) to fasten it down.

This is the mod BEFORE I managed to re-erect it and mark where the clip needed to go on the obsy walls.
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You can see the extended bit with the yellow arrow.

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I finally got to put it all together just before going to recent astro camp. Here it is erected at camp.
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That roof is going no-where. (Fancy making such a soppy small roof for it in the first place!!)

To my additional delight I did actually find there was just enough room inside with the kit, so I sat inside very cosily.

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