Great $60 Case for CPC 1100
Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:55 PM
If the thought of a $500+ case to transport your CPC1100 is just a little too much to bear, take a look at the Stanley ProMobile Job Chest from Home Depot. It's $60 US and fits the CPC 1100 exactly. The case is made of high-strength resin - so strong you can stand on it without bending it -- and it comes with a locking lid and two extra holes for your own additional locks! It also features two strong wheels and a retractable handle. Inside, there's room for about 2" of foam in all directions to protect your scope from rattles and bumps. It's 37 7/8 X 22 3/4 X 23 1/4". Take a look at www.stanleyworks.com and save a ton of money on the "alternative"!
Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:04 PM
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CPC11/70's C8/ST80/Meade 70mm Walmart special/7x50 Pander Binos
Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:15 PM
Tried Home Depot on line to see if my local store had it, and it did not come up; however, I made an actual visit to the tool section at the store and two cases were there, with a case at $59.97 plus tax.
The diagonal and finder scope need to be removed to get the scope in the case. I am experimenting with some old camping bedroll foam and it seems to be working. When the case's handle is extended for pulling, the end closest to you is where I have the focuser/diagonal and is what I call the top. I put the base side of the scope by the wheels and call this the bottom. In this way, when pulling the case, the weight of the scope is at the scope's base and the wheels. Right now when packing I have to raise the scope slightly to get some foam in on the top side (focuser/diagonal side) and some foam just slips in on the bottom (base) side.
The handle is very nice as it is metal and extends from its slots on the outside of the case.
I'm going back to experiment a little further and will try to post some pictures tomorrow.
It looks like a good inexpensive solution.
Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:20 PM
The Stanley Case for the CPC 1100. Took it out Saturday to my club's local star party and it worked like a charm. However, needs two people to get it in and out of an Explorer. Am working on that too.
Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:23 PM
Since these pictures, I've made adjustments to the foam. It's a tight fit but it works.
Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:31 PM
Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:52 PM
I think if you can lift it alone, you get to run for governor of California... but I'm not sure!
Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:54 PM
And thanks to jkf398. What a great first post!
Posted 11 January 2010 - 10:06 PM
With the foam in there, the fit is tight and the scope will not move at all.
Don, as I will never be mistaken for the "Governator" I am thinking about some sort of ramp type system for one man operation. However, two people lifting the scope and case is not difficult at all.
Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:31 AM
Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:40 AM
water resistant than the JMI Case as the half-lap lid on the Stanley looks as though water will shed to the outside, on the JMI Case the lid sits in a troff that cannot shed to the outside but rather will leak inwardly.
This is a 500% better case than the JMI......great find. And easily a $400 savings..........wow
Posted 12 January 2010 - 03:06 PM
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Posted 17 January 2010 - 04:53 PM
I use a Rubbermaid container to transport my CPC 800. Cost $20 at the local home improvement store.
It has wheels and built in handles and I wrap a 'moving blanket' around the scope for protection. The scope fits perfectly. Plus, when not transporting the scope, I store the tripod in it.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 07:58 PM