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#26 neudar

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

Well the deed is done 545 miles (yahoo mileage was a little off)Sore rump and a new scope for the wife. My previous record was a 258 mile round trip. If they continue to double in distance Im in trouble.

#27 jrbarnett

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:02 AM

Heck, I had a 200 mile per day commute for ten years. I consider 7-8 hours a reasonable drive for a 2 night observing trip and 18-20 hours reasonable for a 5 night or longer observing trip.

260 miles would be a piece of cake. :grin:

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#28 kfiscus

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:11 AM

Just don't drive EAST too far...

#29 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:21 AM

Just don't drive EAST too far...


Around here, traveling west is the problem.. about 5 miles is the limit without going a long ways north.

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#30 HellsKitchen

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

I don't mind driving long distances to pick up toys or for dark skies, I enjoy a good road trip, and it helps that my car cost only around $30 to fill a full tank :)

#31 George N

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Take the bus to the scope, and rent a vehicle to drive home. It will save both $$ and mileage on your vehicle.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

I can drive it about 250 with a good hit. Wait, what were you talking about?

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

...I've driven 250 miles down dusty back roads in the wilds of New Mexico just to find civilization!!!

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:24 PM

The next time I buy a telescope, I will drive and personally pick it up. Too many horror stories about shipping damage.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:54 PM

I'm not getting a used scope but I'm driving to New Jersey from Louisville and back in two days. 11+ hours each way. Crazy? Saving shipping, getting a face to face, taking the safety of transport upon my shoulders.

#36 fnowat

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:47 AM

On the lower end of these wonderous stories... (Yessongs), I did get a great deal on the z12 and drove about 795 miles each way on a hot summers event. Cleveland to Council Bluffs IA. Love the windmill farms of Iowa!

I understand the piece of mind to meet the other person and assurance of shipping and handling.

#37 Jim Romanski

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:41 PM

Back in 1986 I found a good deal on a red 13.1" Coulter Odyssey listed in the Starry Messenger (back before the internets). Problem was that I lived in Connecticut and the scope was in California. By coincidence I was planning a trip out to California to visit a friend so I arranged to buy the scope and “carry” it home. I brought a large backpack with not much in it but clothing. After I bought the scope I took the optics out and packed them in my backpack. I put wheels on the bottom of the ground board and was able to wheel the scope through the airport and check it as baggage. Try doing that in an airport today. I changed planes in Chicago and watched the baggage handlers having fun with the big red tube using it like a megaphone. I figured that being a curiosity for them was good and indeed it made it back to Connecticut undamaged. I still use that scope to this day.

#38 nirvanix

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

I've driven 800 miles round trip for both a star party and a scope puchase. When you've something to look forward to driving's a snap. :p

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

I flew to OH, rented a minivan and drove 562 miles back to Central MA for a Ceravolo HD216. I had to check out the scope before I bought it. I would do it again in a minute, worst part was being seen driving a minivan!

#40 neudar

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:18 AM

Great story Jim, My wife and I love those old red tubes. Thats the very same scope I drove the 500+ miles for.These old scopes dont the recognition they deserve for the valuable role they have played in amature astronomy. not so much on planetary but quiet impressive on deep sky .If I came across a reasonably priced 17.1 I'd drive twice as far.

#41 bunyon

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

I once drove 120 miles to deliver a single counterweight.


Okay, I was going to that city anyway, but still...

#42 cordite33

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:33 PM

I just drove 3.5 hours each way to pick up my new to me 10" Dob. Well worth it!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:19 PM

I flew to OH, rented a minivan and drove 562 miles back to Central MA for a Ceravolo HD216. I had to check out the scope before I bought it. I would do it again in a minute, worst part was being seen driving a minivan!


Should have rented an ASTROVAN!!!!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

I've had three big trips for astro-goodies:
1) About 8 years ago I drove to Kentucky from home (5 hours one way) to pick up my first LX90 SCT.
2) Last summer I drove 1.5 hrs to grand rapids for an 8" EdgeHD OTA
3) Last August my brother in law and I drove to Cleveland (4 hrs) with my Work F250, and rented utility trailer to pick up my POD... Saved a TON!!! (XL3 with PZT for $1500 plus gas and rental fees)

#45 stevenwav

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:34 PM

LOL - not sure that would have been any better though! :o

#46 Jim Romanski

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:13 PM

I think I ended up with one of the decent mirrors that Coulter made though I've never tested it. I get very nice planetary images in mine. The only upgrades I've done to it are a better focuser and I redid the azmuth bearing with formica and teflon.

I still end up using the scope quite a bit. I have a handtruck that I wheel it out into the backyard with. I pop in an eyepiece and away we go.

#47 Peter B

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:48 PM

I drove from the Denver to Taos 2 years ago to buy a 4" Unitron OTA that included: 60mm guidescope; Unihex A and B; 2 sets of eyepieces; Unibalance; Uniclamp; Solar screens w/o rod. It was a pretty good deal...$750 if I remember correctly.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

...worst part was being seen driving a minivan!


I've never understood this bias...

#49 Sean Puett

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:40 PM

My favorite dark sky area is over 200 miles away. I have been going 3+ times a year to that spot so an extra 60-100 miles for a great telescope would be fine.

#50 Doug McI

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:36 PM

I'll be driving 1600+ miles to pick up a new Star Structure!






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