scope buggy question
Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:52 PM
I assume you guys leave your scope on them all the time and roll them to and from your garage/storage location to the viewing site. if this is the case, how do you address leveling? I can only think you would level it on a certain location and wheel it back to the same location each time. if you are not using a GPS goto type mount, I guess it wouldn't be as crucial for a level scope base, but I've been curious how this issue is addressed when using a scope buggy type device.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:46 PM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:10 PM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:29 PM
My first post was regarding the actual finished level, after the adjustments, whether via the tripod or a dolly. I don't think it has to be spot on. It's been a while since I've used mine but it was always in the same spot on my walkway, and never leveled. I'm certain the walkway is off a few degrees from level. The longest I've stuck to one object was a couple hours and the scope tracked virtually flawlessly.
I'm fairly certain as long as the level doesn't change, the mount will compensate for small discrepancies. Obviously, adding the variable of having pneumatic tires into the mix, and NOT using the leveling bolts, you could run into tracking issues.
As far as possibly assisting you in your decision to get some sort of dolly, I'll tell you there's no doubt in my mind that I'll use my scope far more often when it arrives. The weather around here can be quite unpredictable. I suspect the weather in Tampa is even more unpredictable. Being able to roll it inside quickly will be great. For me, the main reason is my little 17 month old. As I've learned, kids can put an abrupt stop to a viewing session. With the Scopebuggy, those times can be easily dealt with. Of course all this is speculation at this point as mine is still in AZ
Posted 03 June 2013 - 10:05 AM
I bought the scope buggy last year (with the fat tires), and since I use it often I can share with you my experiences:
You will use the telescope more often. I have it in my garage, and if I come in from work and the skies are clear I wheel it out
The base of the scope buggy is quite large, far bigger than the footprint of the tripod. It also has a wide turning radius, so make sure you have room
The telescope just sits on the scope buggy, and gravity keeps it there. Since that makes me nervous I have attached bungee cords to it.
Before you mount the telescope to the buggy level it on the tripod, and attach a bubble level to the center of the scope's base. That way leveling in on the buggy will be a breeze.
I have found that leveling the telescope by carefully adjusting the tripod's legs is quicker than by using the buggy's bolts. However, I do use one of the buggy's bolts as a parking brake.