Kayak camping with a telescope?
Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:42 PM
Now, obviously moisture is the enemy of optics and electronics. Dry bags, though, come in all sizes. I'm wondering if anyone has had the temerity to kayak camp with a telescope and mount, and if so, what telescope and mount, and how did you pack it in the Kayak?
Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:08 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:23 PM
I'm thinking 20AH battery, Celestron 6/8 SE mount head and tripod, roll up solar panel and regulator, C6 OTA, 2P tent, compressed sleeping bag and foam pad, heavy fleece, Snow Peak stove and fuel canister, freeze dried food, water filter.
My kayak has no lidded dry storage. Instead it has a big rear deck with bungees that can accommodate a bunch of mid sized dry bags. Lots of storage fore and aft inside the kayak though.
Hmm...I may need a bigger kayak.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:00 PM
Sounds like you are going to need to a collection of dry bags. Camping next to lakes is great for observing, especially is you have a view to the south.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:14 PM
Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:55 PM
I have a 17'5" sailing kayak with outriggers so it sails like a trimaran kayak. I bought another sail for it so its schooner rigged with a total of 70sq.ft. Of sail. I haven't packed my Ranger in it yet but surely it shall go...
For my piece of mind Ill have it sealed in a plastic bag with a twist tie then placed inside of a drybag and lastly my rear hatch BOLTS shut so not even air can escape. I also want to go kayak camping with my compound bow strictly for target archery and the same bag in a bag protection should suffice tho ill keep it above deck.
Beyond that I have no worries. The ONLY issue Im concerned with is that of salt air dewing. Not a lake issue to be sure but its a concern of mine with regard to observing and camping on a beach or behind a dune. I think battery powered dew removal is mandatory here for that.
The Ranger is on a plain Jane alt az tripod so no worry over electronics. Again my only concern is salty dew - it's a different beast altogether.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:37 PM
Seriously, though- temerity is the right word. Besides the water, the bumps would worry me. Good luck.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:09 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:31 AM
Are you proficient at kayaking? If you balance ability is good then I suspect you might be able to pull off but with weight on the top if wind comes up things might get difficult. I kayak on the ocean and water isn't anything to challenge as it often takes no prisioners.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:17 PM
It's a Jackson Regal. Basically a sit-inside designed for livery use. Wide, stable as a carrier, slow and simple. It's high sided. I use it in a 20 mile long tidally influenced slough; a river that flows both ways, twice daily.
Lake Sonoma can be windy, and there are power boats so wakes are likely, but no currents really.
See below for details on my boat.
Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:52 PM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:54 AM
Seriously, test the dry bags and be sure they are securely fastened to the boat. For no longer than you'd be out, I doubt humidity would do any long term damage.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:48 PM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:08 PM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:50 AM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:56 AM
Tubes. Fine for flat water and no wind, but in even slightly rougher conditions they are IMHO dangerous. and the heavier they are the more dangerous they are.
Dangerous in what way? I don't think a white water trip is the intent here.