Star gazing with or without a telescope is an intersting hobby and past time.
The night skies have been a mystery to man for centuries. Although nowadays we now have a clearer knowledge of the night skies and some of the things that they hold, there are still unseen mysteries in the dark heavens above us.
Star gazing is a simple, but fun and very interesting pastime for many amateur as well as some experienced star gazers. Even amateurs can find many stars, planets, shooting stars, meteor showers, and constellations with the naked eye on their own. A planisphere is a useful guide for locating constellations. A planisphere is a circular, paper map which shows the sky at various hours of the day and night, thus showing you the approximate location of some of the many constellations. You simply hold the planisphere up and align it with the time and the date. The constellations and the stars appear on a schedule, and using a planisphere helps us to know that timing.
Some of the most popular constellations that can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere are the Big Dipper, which is also known as Ursa Major, and can be seen year around, and the Little Dipper, which is also known as Ursa Minor. The North Star is also a popular and easily found sight in the night skies. It is actually located directly above the North Pole.
To get the best possible view of the night skies, you should choose a clear, cloudless night. Take a blanket or a small cot, if you prefer, so that you can lie comfortably on your back. Also take along a flashlight which has a red bulb, or you can use a flashlight with a clear bulb as long as it is covered with red cellophane paper. Our eyes adjust easier to a red light than they do to a clear, bright light.
If you have to drive somewhere to get away from the city lights, when you reach your destination, be sure to shut off the headlights of your vehicle as well as the dome light for maximum viewing enjoyment. If you are out camping and decide to do some star gazing, be sure to pick a spot that is far enough away from the campfire so that its light will not interfere with your night vision.
You can, of course, see more in the night skies if you use a telescope to do your viewing with. Most store-bought telescopes will do the trick, or, if you are really interested in astronomy, you can make your own telescope. Before you start such an in-depth undertaking, you must realize that you will need to purchase many materials in order to construct your viewing device. These items may include wood, special mirrors, telescopic tubing, eyepiece, supports, black paint, and various fasteners, just to mention a few. You would also need to find a good blueprint from which you would make your telescope from.
Telescopes work by gathering light, and by magnification. With a small telescope, you can inspect the surface of the moon and find craters as well as mountains on its surface. Larger, high-powered telescopes are better for viewing the planets and some other night sights.
Choosing Barstool & Table Height: Buying Proportional and Comfortable Bar Furniture
Whether you are setting up a home bar, casual dining set, or are looking for seating for a countertop, the stools that you choose will become one of your most important home furnishings. To help you purchase the stools that meet your needs, we have compiled this guide to explain how to decide the stools that work best for you. NOTE: Heights for stool seats are measured differently by each manufacturer. Since there is no industry standard, take the following helpful tips as a general guide that may not apply to your specific product.
First Things First...Measure Your Existing Counter or Table
In order to determine what type of barstool or counterstool you need, measure the table or counter that they are intended to be used with. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the table. It is recommended to have a 10-12 inch difference between your table top and seat (Ex: a 42" table top works best with a 30" stool.) It is also important to measure the overhang of the table. Tables with a wide overhang may need a certain height stool. For example, it might seem best to purchase a 32" stool for a 42" table, but if there was an overhang of 6", it might be more comfortable to use a 30" stool instead. Once you have these measurements, you are ready to decide what height or type of stool you need.
Get To Know the Bar Stool Lingo
Chairs and bar stools, like other furniture, have industry-specific terms that you'll often see when browsing our site. Knowing what types of stools will match your table or counter height is important before purchasing the perfect product:
Dining Height: Dining Tables are typically around 28"-30" high. Therefore, the dining chairs that match these tables usually have a seat that is 16"-18" high. However, you can also use shorter backless or swivel stools that measure 18" high.
Counter Height: Counter Height Tables are typically around 35"-36" high. Therefore, the counter stools that match these tables are usually in the 24-26" Range. Counter Height furniture is typically used in casual dining setups, pub sets, and home kitchen islands.
Bar Height: Bar Height Tables are typically around 40"-42" in height. Correspondingly, the bar stools are in the 28"-30" range. Bar Height furniture is most commonly used with home bars but can also be found in some pub sets and counter set ups.
Extra-Tall or "Spectator" Height: Extra-Tall tables and bars are typically around 45"-48" high. Therefore, the tall barstools that match these tables are usually in the 32-34" Range. Spectator Height furniture is typically used in commercial settings such as bowling alleys, pool halls, restaurants, and home bars.
Custom Barstools: Furniture Made Your Way
Not every bar and counter will fall within these mentioned standard height ranges, and your own comfort and preferences may not match these previous examples. Luckily, there are options. We carry a number of custom height barstools with a seat heights ranging from 24" to 30" and every measurement in between. We also carry chairs and small stools with a seat height as low as 18"-23" for lower tables. Remember the recommended distance is 10-12 inches from the top of the table to the seat height. Every person is different and therefore what works best will be different. It is important to think about what will meet your individual needs. A taller person may feel more comfortable with a bar height set. A smaller person may select a 32" stool for a 42" bar. The most important thing that you can do before making your purchase is to measure out the sizes of what you would be getting and make sure that it works for you.
Selecting the Perfect Number of Barstools
The last question many people ask is how many stools are enough? Knowing how much room to give each stool is important to creating the perfect bar or table environment. Here are some tips of the trade to allow for enough room in between stools:
Stools ~16"-18" wide: allow for 21"-22" of space
Stools ~19"-22" wide: allow for 24"-25" of space
Swivel Stools or Stools with Arms: allow for even more space
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