How/where do you store your refractors?
Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:37 AM
How is everyone storing their grab-n-go rigs?
Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:50 AM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:02 AM
...but I would like to somehow hang it on the wall and keep the tripod folded in a closet ready for action.
I actually store one of my refractors (a Celestron ED80) that way. It normally rides on a Giro head, so the dovetail is side-mounted anyway. I attached a spare saddle clamp to a closet wall that already was in "astro use" (a tripod and mount in a large Manfrotto tripod bag hanging horizontally on the wall, and a paralellogram binocular mount hanging from padded hooks on the same wall).
Another grab and go refractor (Vixen SS80A) is short enough to be stored in my main eyepiece case.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:18 AM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:51 AM
Posted 16 February 2013 - 02:51 PM
I have hard or soft cases for most of my OTAs and store then in a dedicated outbuilding on warehouse shelving. My wife would shoot me if I put a telescope on the wall.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:59 PM
If you are fortunate to have the space, somewhere cold is the ideal spot for quick grabngo. I store mine in my garage for that purpose.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:08 AM
Awesome concept pic Mike! You might be on to something.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:39 PM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:37 PM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:35 PM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:11 AM
That photo made me shudder. There's no way I would put one of my scopes at the mercy of a drywall anchor.
I suspect that photo was not taken in an earthquake zone. It's wouldn't take a large earthquake to end up with three scopes on the floor.
Myself, I store my most of my telescopes in a backroom with an outside door. My classic era refractors are store on a shelf in large rack/cabinet. My modern refractors, the ones I take with me to dark skies all have cases, either soft or hard and have a shelf on there too. I usually have either my 80mm F/7 or the 101mm F/5.4 setup and ready to go.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:33 AM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:05 PM
Awww, Andy's all about affordable gear. That drywall anchor and those racks are worth more than the scopes.
I wasn't worried about the scopes, I didn't want the falling scopes to damage the floor.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:05 PM
The finderscope is still in its bubblewrap, not ever haven been used.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:35 AM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:16 AM
One consequence of using my garage for storage is that I'm careful to keep the garage doors shut whenever I'm not at home and immediately nearby. Fortunately, the orientation of my garage is such that the inside isn't visible from the street, plus it's a considerable distance up a driveway.
Someday, if and when I ever have small grandchildren and they're visiting, I may have to rethink my scope storage scheme to keep them less immediately accessible to the reckless rambunctiousness and incautious curiosity of kids.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:40 AM
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:50 AM
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:35 PM
Packing it in the case each time would require removing the camera and tube rings.