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CATSPERCHTM Observing Chairs

Made exclusively at Wood Wonders since 2005.

For Pricing and Ordering information please visit Jim Fly's web site, the originator of the CATSPERCHTM  design. 



Four Models To Chose From


The "New"




The "Original" CATSPERCHTM




Weight                 21 lbs.

Height                   58"

Foot Width           33"

Leg Length           58"

Seat Size            9 x 12w"

Seat Height

  High Range        8 - 52"

  Mid Range           ----

  Low Range          ----

20 lbs.




9 x 12w"


40.4 - 46.2"


8.5" - 36.7"

17 lbs.




8 x 12w"


25.4 - 42.4"

14.1 - 19.8"

7.5 - 11.3"

12 lbs.




9 x 12w"


8 - 32"




The "New" SUMMITTM Observing Chair


Picture compliments Doug Dolginow

The new CATSPERCH  "SUMMIT" Observing Chair  literally "goes one step farther" with the creation of .  The "cat's meow" on this model is the novel additional second "mid" step included for ease of reaching the SUMMIT perch; once you're there, the standard CATSPERCH  footrest feature at the "top" insures your seated comfort.  For many large scope owners, the availability of the SUMMIT now means no more awkward "rung ladder" viewing as you stoop or strain somewhere "in between" the best viewing position; as with all CATSPERCH Observing Chairs, the SUMMIT puts you at the right height, sitting comfortably and enjoying the views.


Now the tallest model of the CATSPERCH  line, the SUMMIT has an adjustable, unobstructed seat height range of 8 – 52” and can accommodate scopes with an eyepiece height up to 80” at zenith.  This new model complete with handhold cutout for convenient moving, amazingly weighs in at only 21 lbs and incorporates a wider front foot to insure stability.  The optional professional, vinyl-upholstered seat cushion ($76) for the SUMMIT gets you the ultimate in observing comfort for maximum enjoyment and the perfect seated view at new-found heights .



3-D Astronomy Graphics Options


New Moon Face




One of three handsome 3-D Astronomy graphics can be CNC-carved into the main backboard. Custom carving and engraving is also available.


 Stain Color Option

Customize your Finished Catsperch Chair with your choice of Minwax stain.

(Not available on Kits)



How it all Started



In 2005, after spending far too many nights bending over my telescope, and ending up with a back ache, I finally realized the only cure was an observing chair. I searched a few Astronomy web sites and found comments on a good number of chairs. From those comments, and after reading some great product reviews, the CATSPERCHTM  Observing Chair designed by Jim Fly, sounded like the Cadillac.

From the pictures of the chair on Jim’s web site, the design looked to be very stable and have a wide range of seat height adjustment. Also, it appeared that with its easy take down, the CATSPERCHTM  would be easy to transport to my dark sky location.

At that time Jim wasn’t taking any new orders for Kits or Finished chairs because his Catseye Collimation tools really taking off. So being a craftsman, with 35+ woodworking experience, I decided to build one in. Although not to scale, I could tell this was a great design and I found the web comments and reviews were right. The chair is easy to set up, a breeze to adjust and extremely stable, even at the highest seating position.

After building and experiencing the pleasure of using the CATSPERCHTM  design, I started thinking that I might be able to help Jim continue his great design. I knew I had the equipment and ability to produce the chair in a limited run production mode in my workshop so I contacted Jim and offered my services. He accepted! We worked together very closely through a couple prototypes. He sent me a set of plans and extremely detailed pictures of his manufacturing processes. This enabled me to modularize Jim’s manufacturing process in my workshop. I currently run a limited batch of 5 chairs at a time to ensure the CATSPERCHTM  design is duplicated to the greatest of detail and quality.


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