The Portable Observatory Kit consists of a re-purposed tent, backpack, blanket, night sky guide book, headlamp, telescope and binoculars. Anyone who is interested in night time exploration for purposes of feild research, creating bonds with other aficionados or leisure is welcome to participate in the project. It may be rented for a period of 1 – 5 days at a time, and activities such as photographing your experience or documenting what you see in the sky through drawings or notes are encouraged.
A portable observatory will be beneficial for those who do not have access to professional facilities or anyone who wants an intimate viewing experience, with the option to take it wherever you wish to explore. It would also be useful for those who live in urban areas, as it may be transported to locations with less light pollution.
something to lift the pots – a baking pan is ideal
1 or more candles – the more flames the better!
First, attach the smaller pot to the inside of the larger one, by inserting the bolt into the hole. Put a washer on every time the terracotta will touch metal. Screw on the nuts tightly. Place candles in the baking sheet. Light them.
Next, place the attached pots upside down overtop of the lit candles. Wait about 20-30 minutes, and it will begin radiating heat. Be safe! Make sure the candles/pots won’t get tipped over easily and that the pots are secured ontop of the baking sheet.
Heating a space without electricity is useful for situations when you can’t afford/don’t have access to adequate heating in your home, to save money, living in a portable shelter such as a car or a tent, or choosing to live “off-grid.” It can be used in black-out situations, or if you ever choose to build a cabin for yourself in the woods. Really, anytime you need to heat a space and don’t want to use/cannot use electricity.
DIY projects such as these are often attributed to the “living off-grid” ideology/movement, but are not restricted to it. You don’t have to have an off-grid lifestyle to implement ideas such as these into your life, or use when it is appropriate for you.
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