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#1 Stephen S

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:55 AM

Just picked up a 1992 Questar. Wonderful device and I am absolutely loving it. I have already picked up and discovered tons of information about the scope I purchased based on information from this forum. I have one last piece of information I have yet to fully ascertain. I'm hoping somebody here can help.

The case I have is in excellent condition. However, there is some debate in the family as to whether it is made of leather or vinyl. The case, like the scope itself, is from 1992. It has combination locks. I was under the impression that the combination locks were only included on the deluxe leather version.

Are my assumptions here correct or could it be that I actually have a vinyl version with combination locks? Not a critical issue obviously but would love to solve the mystery. Any insights would be appreciated.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 02:23 PM

Steve,

You can call The Mother Ship and tell them about your purchase and they will put your name in the book. Ask Jim R. to check what was ordered with it. When you give them your serial number he should be able to answer. I have a 1994 Duplex and it came with a vinyl padded case with key locks.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 08:02 AM

Sent a note and some pictures (at Jim's request) to Jim at Questar. Jim got back to me immediately confirmed that my case is a leather case.

The real confirmation for me is the level of customer service at Questar. Truly unrivaled in today's business climate. I'm even more thrilled about my scope today now that I understand a little bit more about the company behind the scope.

#4 Erik Bakker

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:45 PM

The real confirmation for me is the level of customer service at Questar. Truly unrivaled in today's business climate. I'm even more thrilled about my scope today now that I understand a little bit more about the company behind the scope.


The essence of Questar, there is nothing like it :bow:

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:54 PM

Steve,

Jim is a wonderful person and will help you with anything. His Father worked at Questar before he retired. Glad you joined the family.

Bill

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:59 PM

Not to be tacky, but...smell it! Leather, even old leather will always smell like leather. Vinyl just does not.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

Not to be tacky, but...smell it! Leather, even old leather will always smell like leather. Vinyl just does not.


I can vouch for that. My 1973 case smells like leather.

#8 Gordon Reade

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

I own both cases and I must say that I really prefer the latching mechanism on the vinyl case over the combination lock of the leather case. I don’t want to fumble with a combination lock in the dark and when I don’t spin dials it seems that the case can easily be opened by accident. The latches on the vinyl are easy to use day or night and seem much safer to me.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:23 AM

I second your observation. Also, for those who wish to have a rugged field case for their Questar, try Harbor Freight! They stock lots of various sized hard cases in either black or aluminum finish. Some even come filled with cubed foam ready to make into your own custom case. Storeables also has some similar and sometimes better quality cases but stock is spotty.

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 05:33 AM

Questar have changed the case design. The leather case that came with my Q50th in December 2014 has metal corner bumpers. Solid brass, pure class. It's so nice to see a company improving a product instead of cheapening it. 

 

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#11 Compressorguy

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 05:22 PM

These are vinyl covered. Fork mount case on the left, OTA case on the right, fitted foam filled

 

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Legs screw into bottom corners of the fork mount case.

 

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#12 munirocks

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 05:40 PM

I count four legs in the base case. Is one of those a center leg extension for lower latitudes?



#13 Compressorguy

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 05:53 PM

Good eye, yes lower left leg is an extension.

#14 Mike E.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 10:34 AM

Questar have changed the case design. The leather case that came with my Q50th in December 2014 has metal corner bumpers. Solid brass, pure class. It's so nice to see a company improving a product instead of cheapening it. 

 

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Nice looking case, it appears to be padded also ?



#15 Mike E.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 10:48 AM

These are vinyl covered. Fork mount case on the left, OTA case on the right, fitted foam filled

 

attachicon.gifQuestar 7 Cases.jpg

 

Legs screw into bottom corners of the fork mount case.

 

attachicon.gifQuestar 7 Fork Mount Case.jpg

 

Our Q7 came in moulded "Underwater Kinetics" brand cases, which are rather flimsy in my opinion. It stated that they were for storage use rather than transport. We have two other Underwater Kinetics cases which are used for eyepieces etc., and they are of a very good quality. Had I known, I would have paid more for a better standard of protection for the scope & mount.

 

Edit: Don't let the photo fool you, the cases are not that good.

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#16 93711dude

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 04:42 PM

Consider trying the Pelican 1650 case for your Q7 ota - about $200 on ebay



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Posted 18 January 2015 - 08:11 PM

Here is a great source for the Pelican 1650 and every add on you can find.  They sell as a factory rep firm and have the best prices on cases and replacement foam.

 

1650 Case

 

List:  $420.19

 

Their price:  $235.01

 

Savings:  $185.18

 

http://www.foamerica...roductCode=1650

 

Bill


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#18 Mike E.

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Posted 20 January 2015 - 07:17 PM

Consider trying the Pelican 1650 case for your Q7 ota - about $200 on ebay

 

 

Here is a great source for the Pelican 1650 and every add on you can find.  They sell as a factory rep firm and have the best prices on cases and replacement foam.

 

1650 Case

 

List:  $420.19

 

Their price:  $235.01

 

Savings:  $185.18

 

http://www.foamerica...roductCode=1650

 

Bill

 


Thanks for the links.

 

I fabricated some light weight wooden crates as additional protection for transporting our scope, a skill I learned while working my way through College. The boxes worked out well for shipping our Q7 across the pond, so as they take up very little extra space, I've kept them for future transport if needed.

 

I'm also confident in the materials and my workmanship.   :usa:

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#19 Billydee

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 09:11 PM

Here are some interesting smaller Pelican type cases at very low prices.  They also have replacement replacement foam with 1 inch pick and pluck center pieces.  They also have a once a month $6.00 shipping for everything you place in one order.

 

http://www.mcmelectr...tm_source=Email

 

Bill



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 07:27 AM

Here are some interesting smaller Pelican type cases at very low prices.  They also have replacement replacement foam with 1 inch pick and pluck center pieces.  They also have a once a month $6.00 shipping for everything you place in one order.

 

http://www.mcmelectr...tm_source=Email

 

Bill

 

Prices seem reasonable, it might be worth purchasing one of the smaller cases to gage quality.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 02:11 PM

I use the Lowepro Flipside 300 to transport my Standards...much easier as a backpack padded case for transport.

 

http://store.lowepro.com/flipside-300


Edited by TheQuestar7, 25 January 2015 - 02:17 PM.



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