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#1 Lane

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:58 PM

I have been looking for a case for my ED80 without any luck. I would be curious to know what other ED80 owners are using? Mine has rings on it and a dovetail so without the finder scope attached it is 24" by 4.5" by 6.5". I think I would prefer a padded soft case but I would take a hard case if it was just a few inches bigger than the scope.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:08 PM

Hi

I've been looking for MONTHS myself with no luck. I emailed Orion as well and they no longer make them :(
Without having to have one custom made, mabey we can survive with a soft padded case.
Certainly, no-one goes out of there way (vendors) to advertise a suitable replacement for the many 80mm ED's that are similar (orion, meade, celestron?)

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:08 PM

Hi Lane,

I have a Meade 80mm which is similar in size to your ED80 and I use a Stellarvue padded soft case C7. I have 90mm rings and dovetail on mines and it fits with no problem. It also has space for eyepieces and accessories. You can look at it here:

http://www.stellarvue.com/cases.html

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:15 PM

I already looked into that stellarvue case. It is only 20" long inside and the ED80 is 24" long without a diagonal/eyepiece attached.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:32 PM

Hi Lane,

BTW, is the dew shield removable or retractable?

Also check out this site:

http://www.handsonop...stellarvue.html

They have a C5 case, and they mention the Orion ED80.

Steven

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:33 PM

I found one and it's perfect! It's made to order for my 80mm ED with finder, rings and 80mm shorty guide scope attached. The price now is $84, but the shipping and handling is $34. I think this shipping cost is clear gouging so I won't allow myself to buy it. By the way, this very same case was on sale a few weeks ago, at which time the price was $67, but the shipping/handling cost was still $34.


http://www.telescope...roduct_id=05956

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:51 PM

Steven, The dewshield is not retractable so I am guessing they want you to unscrew it from the scope to fit into that C5 bag. I would rather not do that.

Al, The 110mm hard case at Orion does look liks a perfect fit but it is larger that what I was hoping for. That one is designed to hold all kinds of accessories in addition to the scope. If I can't find anything else I might go ahead and get it.

I am thinking for a soft padded case I might be able to substitute a photroghraphy tripod case. Some of those have a lot of padding in them, but getting the right width and lengh could be a problem, especially since none of them provide the inside dimensions only outside.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:49 PM

I had an Orion 100 f/6 Achro awhile back and I believe the OTA is the same size as the ED80. 24" long. I used a short Bogen padded tripod bag for this scope. The bag is about 26-27" long and fits the scope very well. Scope's long gone but I still have the bag--like new!

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:25 PM

I have the same problem and have been researching options online. So far these look to be viable solutions but even the cheapest one is still pretty expensive.

Skywatcher ED80 Case
Size not verified
$150 not including shipping from Canada

Specialized Products Blow Molded Case
25.8" x 14.3" x 9.6" ID
Pluck Foam
$157

Platt Blow Molded Case
25.82" x 14.32" x 6.63" ID
Cubed Foam
$133 on eBay w/ free shipping

Pelican Protectorâ„¢ 1650
28.57" x 17.52" x 10.65" ID
Pluck Foam
Watertight
Wheels w/ Telescoping Handle
28.06lbs w/ foam
$204 on Amazon

Pelican Storm Caseâ„¢ iM2950
29" x 18" x 10.5" ID
Pluck Foam
Watertight
Wheels w/ Telescoping Handle
28.7lbs w/ foam
$250

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:49 PM

I use a Harbour Freight case. Holds the scope w/rings, diagonal, finder, & the 2 Expanses....

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 05:33 PM

I have been looking for a case for my ED80 without any luck



Me too. The only case that looks like a perfect fit is the skywatcher ED80 case. It holds the tube with rings and dovetail attached. All the soft cases seem to be either too long or too wide for my liking, but some of them look like good quality cases so I might have to settle for this.
The Zhumell medium and the Stellarvue C9S look like the best bet now

Eric

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:18 PM

I researched all of the options (see my previous post above) and ended up ordering the Pelican 1650 case from Amazon last night, total was $204 with free shipping.

It's a big case, and it's not cheap, but in it I can fit almost my entire setup (Sirius EQ-G head, Orion ED80, 8x40 finder, Orion ST80, autoguider, diagonal, eyepieces, dew zapper controller, heater strips -- the whole nine yards). Basically I can fit everything in one case less the tripod legs.

I wanted the original case that Orion used to sell specific for the ED80, but couldn't find a used one anywhere. The Skywatcher case is $150 before shipping from Canada, which would easily be $50....so for the same price I got a much better case that will hold a helluva lot more equipment. Not to mention it's waterproof, airtight, dustproof, crush proof, blah blah blah.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:56 PM

I wonder if this tripod case would be too flimsy. The size is certainly right.

Eric

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:22 PM

It's probably because I have never actually owned/used one, but I cannot imagine transporting my new $450 toy in a soft case...I don't care if it's padded or not.

I especially don't get the folks who store both the tripod AND scope in the same bag, padded dividers or not. Just seems like it's an accident waiting to happen.

I demand a solid case for my shiny telescope!

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:04 PM

I wonder if this tripod case would be too flimsy. The size is certainly right.

Eric


Eric,

I use these for my tripods. They are very well made, and well padded. They have a padded divider inside the bag and they can hold 2 CG-5/CGEM tripods. They are long enough that I can leave the legs extended on the tripods and don't need to collapse them to fit them in the bag. I have 4 of these bags and I like them very much.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:25 AM

The problem is... what do you do when you finally upgrade that ED80 with a moonlite?

I think the 'custom' cut cases are the way to go.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:56 AM

I have been looking for a case for my ED80 without any luck. I would be curious to know what other ED80 owners are using? Mine has rings on it and a dovetail so without the finder scope attached it is 24" by 4.5" by 6.5". I think I would prefer a padded soft case but I would take a hard case if it was just a few inches bigger than the scope.


Have you checked these out? Link

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:16 AM

I wouldn't bother using one for my scope. It only goes from shelf, to car, to mount, and back again. The thing already looks like someone tossed it off a cliff so I don't see the point in spending money for a case.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:58 AM

I built an 80mm correct view right angle finder with integral 2" non-rotating helical focuser. Doesn't really need a case as aluminum threaded cover shown below seals it up pretty good. I typically just put the finder in a cardboard box with mounting rings attached. Don't have to baby this 80mm finder.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:21 AM

Actually just bought a case, some foam from the fabric store, and will cut out my own.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:45 PM

I use an old nylon waterproof bag that once held a tent, wrap the scope in a soft towel for padding and pop it in the bag,DA.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:47 PM

Walmart sells some cloth fishing tackle bags that would be just the right size, and have extra pouches for accessories......






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