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#1 Midnight Dan

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 01:03 PM

Since I just purchased the iEQ45, I'm now looking for a good case (or cases) for storage and transport. I was just wondering what other people did for their mounts in this same class. In other words, mounts that are somewhat heavy but still portable like the Sirius, Atlas, HEQ5, CGEM, etc.

It seems like putting all the items, including counterweights, into one large case would make it too heavy to easily move. So do people use one case for the mount head and one for the counterweights? Do you use a case on wheels to make things easier to move? Do you use several cases and a hand cart? Or do you just hand-carry the cases for individual components to the observing location? What about the tripod?

So in general, what strategy do you use for storing and moving your mount and what specific cases do you use?

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 03:48 PM

Hi Dan,
Not in your list, but my fmr G11-Gemini I had a Pelican-1650 case for the head and accessories and the tripod bits were all transported in an ABS golf travel case.

Both cases were wheeled, so very easy to save on trips back and forth from car to observing spot :)

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 06:11 PM

Hi skysbd:

>> Not in your list, but my fmr G11-Gemin...

Sure it is. That's the "etc." :grin:
What's an ABS golf travel case? Do you have a link?

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 07:19 PM

Dan,

For my 8SE and my CG-5 I have JMI cases. For My CGEM and EPs I have 2 #1600 Pelican cases. For my tripods I use Some On Stage Stands SSB6500 microphone bags. Every thing else has it's own case. When It come time to move things around i have a hand truck for smooth ground and just have to hand carry for rough ground.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 07:35 PM

Hi Dan,

Hi skysbd:

>> Not in your list, but my fmr G11-Gemin...

Sure it is. That's the "etc." :grin:
What's an ABS golf travel case? Do you have a link?


Don't sue me - here's a quick definition:
ABS is a polystyrol material with reinforced fiber glass and therefore very strong and indestructible. Neither high or low temperatures nor shocks and hits can affect this material.

Here is an SKB Hard Golf case that I use for transporting my Berlebach tripods.

Note that I do not play golf!

Hope that helps..,

Regards,

skybsd

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 07:43 PM

Hi Dan,

For my Sphinx, I use a old laptop case for the head and a bat bag for my tripod (I'm hoping to find a padded bat bag in the future). If I need to carry it for a long distance then I use a collapsible wagon that I found here. I did see this cart at Sams Club and something similar to it at Costco.

Steven

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:55 PM

Based on some of the recommendations here, I'm looking around at Pelican cases online. I see that they come empty, or with pick-n-pluck (PNP) foam. Is the PNP foam high enough density to hold a heavy item like a mount head securely?

-Dan

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:32 AM

RTLR 12...

How impressive!

Where did you get the case for the Vixen Porta Mount II?

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 11:45 AM

My CGEM mount head just fits in a old 22" Tumi wheeled carryon bag. It has a hard (slightly flexible) back and sides, but a soft zipper top. I added some foam from Joanne's Fabrics and it seems pretty safe. Wheels help a lot. You could probably get something similar pretty cheap. Tripod has to be packed separately.

* I don't mean to imply I carry it on an airplane, just that it's the max size one *could* carry on.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:48 AM

Based on some of the recommendations here, I'm looking around at Pelican cases online. I see that they come empty, or with pick-n-pluck (PNP) foam. Is the PNP foam high enough density to hold a heavy item like a mount head securely?

-Dan


Here is my Atlas in a Pelican Case with the PNP foam and I store it upright, not flat, and I don't see any compression.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:42 AM

Hi Dan,

The pnp foam is fine if you plan to lug your own cases around but it is not sufficient for shipment, checking as baggage, or handing the case over to someone who doesn't care about the contents. It's a bit more work and likely money to cut your own foam but if the case will be leaving your hands then I'd recommend it.

Clear skies,
Bill

Based on some of the recommendations here, I'm looking around at Pelican cases online. I see that they come empty, or with pick-n-pluck (PNP) foam. Is the PNP foam high enough density to hold a heavy item like a mount head securely?

-Dan



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Posted 03 May 2011 - 11:19 AM

I've heard some noise about Nanuk cases. Any word on the street about them?

http://www.nanukcase...ex.asp?node=199

http://www.buytelesc.../408-nanuk.aspx

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 11:24 AM

Dan,

For my 8SE and my CG-5 I have JMI cases. For My CGEM and EPs I have 2 #1600 Pelican cases. For my tripods I use Some On Stage Stands SSB6500 microphone bags. Every thing else has it's own case. When It come time to move things around i have a hand truck for smooth ground and just have to hand carry for rough ground.

Stan


Would it be a lot of trouble to show us a picture of your CGEM inside the 1600 case? I'm curious about how well it fits, and how much room there is for extras. :)

Edit: rigel123, is that a 1600? 1650?

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 11:51 AM

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Would it be a lot of trouble to show us a picture of your CGEM inside the 1600 case? I'm curious about how well it fits, and how much room there is for extras. :)

Edit: rigel123, is that a 1600? 1650? [/quote]

That's a 1600 case.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 12:14 PM

I use Tenba CC14 and CC15 car cases. The are a great lightweight option, also very high made-in-the-USA quality and fairly inexpensive.

They have a hard shell built in and about 1/2 inch of padding, I added some more ethafoam in there to cushion my mount. Very light and virtually indestructible, highest quality zippers and construction:

http://www.tenba.com.../Car-Cases.aspx

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:28 PM

I'd like to see the CGEM in a case too. The Atlas above looks nice and cozy!

I did end up buying a Pelican case - and of course it's on backorder! :p

Actually, I it's a Pelican/Storm case. Apparently Pelican bought out Hardigg a short while ago and now sells their two lines as Pelican/Storm and Pelican/Hardigg. The Storm cases appear to be pretty similar to the plain Pelican, but they are a few pounds lighter and a bit less expensive. I went for it because there was a Storm case closer in size to what I wanted, and the lighter weight appeals to me as well.

I got it with the PNP foam so I'll post a picture when I get the iEQ45 all nestled in.

-Dan

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 04:34 PM

If I had to do it over again I would have spent a little more and gone with the 1610 to get the wheels. It is pretty heavy and I'm not getting any younger!

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 04:52 PM

CGEM in a #1600 Pelican...

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 08:16 PM

RTLR12: Thanks for the picture; it really helps me get a sense of how everything "fits."

Edit: your camera's date is a little bit off...

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:13 PM

That's the date I took the picture...

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:17 PM

That's the date I took the picture...


:lol: my bad






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