The Stellar Cellar Observatory
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
Quote:A waterproof foam lined case for counterweights, essentially inert lumps of iron. Now I've seen everything.
Quote:I'll admit it seemed like overkill to me at first, but everytime I accelerate or stop the car those weights would slide around in trunk and an 11 lb chuck of metal can be somewhat destructive.
Climbing Stars Obs 4.2 Suburban skies
Quote:But I also think a Pelican case is way overkill for EPs.
Quote:Lowes has a wide selection of heavy duty nylon tool bags with metal frames. I use a small one for carrying my 18 AH battery, cables, hand controller, CW, and other items. A larger one would be good for a mount, etc. Price was around $12 for the small one. I set it on the ground beneath tripod. IMO, it seems a bit less over-the-top than a Pelican type case for counterweights. But I also think a Pelican case is way overkill for EPs.
Quote:Quote:But I also think a Pelican case is way overkill for EPs. Surely that is relative to the cost of the ep's Barry
AP1200GTO/AP1600GTO LTE/AP Mach1 16" Starizona Hyperion on order 14" LX200R & 7" Meade Mak FSQ106ED Tak .75 reducer +1.6 extender Coronado 90mm DS BF30 PST Lunt 60 PT FT Lockwood 12" f4. mirror set in a box AT6RC / AT12IN/ CT152 achro WO ZS66 / WO 80mm Doublet SBIG STF8300M CFW8/OAG/ Baader inside STT8300M FW8SG Astrodon inside Hutech 5DII 5D MkIII 60Da 6D 16-35mmL, 24-70mmL, 70-200mmL, 300mmf4.L, 400mmf5.6L, 100mmf2.8L, 50mm f1.2L, 135f2. 10'x14' ROR
Quote:Should make going to dark site much easier too, now I just have to grab 5 cases and I am ready to go, sure beats that long checklist I was using before to make sure I didn't leave anything behind.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:Considering that I keep about $2,500 worth of accessories in it, I don't think a $175 Pelican case for that purpose is unreasonable or silly...But a Pelican for counterweights? I lean toward Luigi on that one...I keep mine in a small Igloo lunchbox cooler...
Quote:>>>I think he is destined to keep all his equipment in old shoe boxes and paper bags<<<Hey! I like the concept! Recycle, low carbon footprint, and all that. I have made cases out of shipping boxes and their foam by reinforcing the cardboard and covering it with box tape. But in actuality, I'm a bit of a case junky myself. I get my jollies by going cheap; using plastic tool boxes, storage boxes from Walmart or Home Depot, etc.. Just something practical to get the job done.
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
Quote:http://www.all-pelican-cases-4-less.com/detail_pelican_1650.htmlAWESOME price for a 1650case w/no foam.. GREAT for the CGEM owners who still have the original packing foam..