Celestron CG5 ASGT hard case
Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:57 PM
I want to find out from fellow members what is the mode of transport for CG5.
I am strongly thinking about using a medium hardside luggage case for storing CG5. The dimensions of the mount + counter weight are approximately 19"x13"x6", And I think a 20" hardside luggage should do its job. What do you guys think?
Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:24 PM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:19 AM
I do remove the counterweight. I don't think it's a good idea to transport the mount with them on, and I for sure don't want to lift it with them on. Tripod spreader goes with the tripod. I've thought about getting a bag of some kind for it, but have never got 'round to it.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:42 AM
As for disassembly, I find myself agreeing with both you and Rod on the counterweight. Like Rod I don't like the idea of transporting it installed as that can put strain on the mount head or counterweight shaft. But I also worry that repeated installation/removal of the harder steel bar will wear down the softer aluminum threads in the mount head. If you can figure a way to let it lay flat and supported so as not to put strain on the shaft, mount head or junction, then you should be okay. Even then, I'd suggest removing the counterweights from the shaft.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:42 AM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:12 PM
Is the pistol case requires heavy effort to carry? I am also thinking it would be a good idea to remove the counter weights.
I'm one who uses the Plano 4-pistol cases for my CG-5 and yes, it does require removing the counterweight shaft.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 10:22 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:58 PM
I slip the counterweight and spreader bar in the outside pocket (can not be zipped closed) and then everything else except the tripod legs fit inside.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:03 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:38 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:06 PM
Excellant picture, and very good use of existing stuff.
Thanks for the idea.