Custom Refractor Case: Case Technology
Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:47 PM
So, I finally ordered a custom case from them and Brian helped me to finalize the design and order by phone because I wanted an extra handle on top to avoid any confusion. I ordered the Custom Lightweight ATA case, in silver gray. It houses the scope + diagonal. The density of foam and quality of the latches and 3 handles are better than ScopeGuard. At $295 + S.H., it is also cheaper. I like the quality and finish of the case as much as the scope, and that says a lot. Here are a few photos:
Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:12 PM
I like the TMB case but it is almost twice as big as it needs to be. It does carry 7 eyepieces but I would really rather carry those in my eyepiece case and have the scope in its own case.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:49 PM
I've had several cases made by Case Tech. over the past several years and have always been very pleased. I had a couple cases made with handles off center so that the case would stay horizontal when carried despite the front or rear heaviness of the particular scope the case was made for.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:14 PM
Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:05 PM
For my accessories, I decided against putting EPs in with the OTA. All my accessories fits into a Pelican 1520 case with pluck out foam. This way I know that all accessories will be in one case. It will be OK for now, but I feel that the foam in the Pelican case can wear and tear easily. I'd like to have Case Technology customize it with the harder foam down the road. Here is a photo: http://www.flickr.co...N03/8562253648/
Contents: Eyepieces: 3.5XW, 5XW, 8E, 13E, 24PO (2).
AP BaradV Barlow 2.5x,
Baader MkV Binoviewer system with 1.25x, 1.7x GPCs
Baader Vario-Finder 10x60
Orion 2" Filter Wheel
Lumicon 2" UHC, OIII, Variable polarizer
AP 2" to 1.25" Adapter
Case Technology has a configurator where you design and select everything. Then I confirmed everything on the phone with Brian because I wanted to make sure that the top handle could support the weight. I
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:18 AM
It will ultimately depend on what you want the case to do, and refractor size. Storage only, mild transport, rugged travel? Mine is the middle duty 1/4" thick ABS plates for travel in a car or SUV storing a TEC 140. It will only be used for storage and mild transport. I wanted minimal size and weight, but good strength.
If you want heavy duty rugged use, or if you have a > 6" APO, my guess is to go HD, as it uses thicker 3/8" ABS plates instead. Then go for 1.5" foam all round. But now your adding more weight and size.
*Don't forget to measure the width of your trunk space of the intended vehicle of transport! Mine is fine in the SUV, but barely fit into car.
Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:54 AM
Looking carefully at my picture, the upper and lower DTP's are to the sides of the case, this allows for more foam in the up/down than the sides - it's gravity I worry about more than side impacts. I think these cases could take quite a thump or two without showing it, they are rated ATA cases after all. If you just want a simple square cut in the foam - he will do that and not consider it 'custom' if you send him drawings. For reference the foam thickness at the objective end in my case is 1.5" thick on sides and 2" top and bottom.
That it was I liked from the start - they make the case you want, you just need to know what that is.