Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Need a 4" Tall Seat

To get my eye to the polar alignment scope on the Losmandy, I need to sit about 4.5" above ground level.  I tried kneeling and stretching from ground level without success.

The obvious answer is a 4" x 4" cut into three pieces, glued together with expoxy to produce a 4" x 24" x 4" platform.  Adding a back would be nice but I do not expect to spend more than a couple minutes aligning on Polaris.  This is obvious, cheap, and readily available, although because a 4" x 4" is really 3.5" x 3.5" it will require a little stretching to get in position.  Can anyone think of a readily available 4" tall device intended for some other purpose that is not too expensive or heavy?  Are ammo cases that thickness?

Yes.  I bought a steel ammo can recently that is 4" thick and about 10" wide.  Three of them would likely do the job and they can be repurposed for holding ammo.


  1. If you are worried about the 4x4 being only 3.5x3.5, consider adding a piece of 1/2 inch plywood onto it.

  2. Look up short turkey hunting seats.