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#1 butsam

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

What is a good, safe carrying case for the NexStar 8 SE? Right now, I'm using the original boxes, but this will probably not be a good solution long-term...what do you recommend, and why?

(Leaving the scope set up is not a good solution with a 2-year-old roaming the house!)

#2 Kon Dealer

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

I use the case meant for a Skywatcher 150Mak. Works well.
Needs a bit of padding to secure the original polystyrene
box for the 8SE.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

I don't have a carrying case but I've seen several tailored for the 8SE. Kinda expensive though but I'm sure they must work well.... Tony

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:40 AM

To transport mine - I use the packing material that that the OTA came with and put it in a plastic tube that I purchased at Walmart. Use smaller ones for the eyepieces, cords, vibrations pads, etc. Eyepieces are in there own cases.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

Cases for eyepieces. They will go in the smaller plastic cases - 14" X 9" X 6" and one sized for CD cases

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

I carry my 8SE in a Salomon Hold-all with wheels and retractable handle. In one half I have the scope, in the other I can fit the dewshield (straighted - perfect fit and adds extra rigidity) and some padding. It opens around the middle which makes easy access. Since the pic was taken I have modified the padding to allow my diagonal to remain attached. However I do have to remove the RACI.Its pretty robust and I sling the set up to many star party sessions with no problems.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

and here is the case closed

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

Great ideas for a case, thank you! :) For now I'm just using the packing boxes, but I want to change to either the Walmart bins or the suitcase version. (I did cut out a chunk of styrofoam from the OTA so I don't have to remove the red dot finder from the OTA each time.)

There are also three cases I found online, wondering if anyone has experience with them; I am curious as to how they work and your thoughts, especially since one of them differs by more than $100 in price!

Case 1: http://www.amazon.co...006YTQ9KQ/re...

Case 2: http://www.amazon.co...p/B002VMND8G...

Case 3: http://www.amazon.co...B006YTQABO/r...

cpl, just a quick comment -- it looks like you have the tube mounted "heavier" on one end than I have been mounting...if you have the photo available, can you post a side shot (so I can see the Celestron words on the side of the OTA)? I am curious where you are mounting -- it looks like you can get zenith views! Have you noticed any instability when navigating with that setup, or are you really able to get even objects at zenith nicely? (I haven't looked at M31 yet because it was at zenith both times I went outside with clear skies so far...but would really like to see it soon!)

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

That's it for the Salomon Hold-all then!

An open and shut case :rofl2:

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

Good idea on the travel case. I have old large roller suitcases lying around. I think I'll wrap several layers of bubblewrap around the OTA and good to go.

These things tend to have a bunch of zippered pouches here and there, which would be good for stashing EPs, filters and the like.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

Great ideas for a case, thank you! :) For now I'm just using the packing boxes, but I want to change to either the Walmart bins or the suitcase version. (I did cut out a chunk of styrofoam from the OTA so I don't have to remove the red dot finder from the OTA each time.)

There are also three cases I found online, wondering if anyone has experience with them; I am curious as to how they work and your thoughts, especially since one of them differs by more than $100 in price!

Case 1: http://www.amazon.co...006YTQ9KQ/re...

Case 2: http://www.amazon.co...p/B002VMND8G...

Case 3: http://www.amazon.co...B006YTQABO/r...

cpl, just a quick comment -- it looks like you have the tube mounted "heavier" on one end than I have been mounting...if you have the photo available, can you post a side shot (so I can see the Celestron words on the side of the OTA)? I am curious where you are mounting -- it looks like you can get zenith views! Have you noticed any instability when navigating with that setup, or are you really able to get even objects at zenith nicely? (I haven't looked at M31 yet because it was at zenith both times I went outside with clear skies so far...but would really like to see it soon!)


To me it looks like case 1 and 3 will only fit the OTA while #2 looks big enough to hold the mount as well.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

All 3 cases hold the mount and OTA...

http://www.celestron...tubes-case.html

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:09 PM

Hi butsam:

If you're looking for a hard case, I can't help. But here's a reasonably priced soft sided case:

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Beato equipment case. I think they go for around $70-80 now.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

I was lucky enough to find a Pelican 1500 series case that was in great shape. Needed foam, but fit the OTA and mount with no problem. Has rolling wheels and a pullout handle.

Be careful when making your decision on a case, it can add some significant weight. Sure, when it's on wheels it isn't that bad to lug around, but when it comes to putting it in the car you can ruin your back.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

Two excellent options:

Beato drum case, per Dan. I have one, and it's a perfect fit (25" size). Not expensive; sold in music stores.

Sirius case. Very thick padding; custom-cut foam. Expensive, sold by OPT, but I found mine -used- on AstroMart.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

Thanks much all! I am going to look for one of the recommended cases used online for awhile, and if I don't find one then I'll probably go with the Beato, as Dan recommends. Very helpful! :)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

I was lucky enough to find a Pelican 1500 series case that was in great shape. Needed foam, but fit the OTA and mount with no problem. Has rolling wheels and a pullout handle.

Be careful when making your decision on a case, it can add some significant weight. Sure, when it's on wheels it isn't that bad to lug around, but when it comes to putting it in the car you can ruin your back.


I'm wondering how you got a C8 into a Pelican case that is only 6" deep?

Stan

http://www.pelican.c...l.php?Case=1500

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:51 AM

Hi Stan:

Mitaccio mentions the "1500 series". The 1560 is in that series and has a 9" deep interior.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:57 PM

Yeah, I missed the 'series' part, but I don't think I would put an 8" scope in a 9" box.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:32 AM

Sorry, Turns out I have a 1650. I put the OTA in the case using the foam from the original OTA packaging from Celestron. No issues.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:02 AM

That makes much more sence. 28.57" x 17.52" x 10.65"
I have my C8 in a 1620 Pelican. 21.48" x 16.42" x 12.54"
It stacks on top of my two 1600s 21.43" x 16.50" x 7.87"

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