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horten7
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: grao]
      #3565310 - 01/16/10 10:30 PM

I Just recently purchased a CPC 1100 and was looking at JMI cases to store it in but always hesitated because of the price. I will go to Home Depot tomorrow to see if I can pick one of these up.

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teskridg
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: horten7]
      #3566636 - 01/17/10 04:05 PM

Along the lines of this case, is there one suited to a CPC 800 availble somewhere? Thanks, Tim

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Digital Don
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: teskridg]
      #3566731 - 01/17/10 04:53 PM Attachment (220 downloads)

Hi Tim,

I use a Rubbermaid container to transport my CPC 800. Cost $20 at the local home improvement store.

It has wheels and built in handles and I wrap a 'moving blanket' around the scope for protection. The scope fits perfectly. Plus, when not transporting the scope, I store the tripod in it.

Don


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teskridg
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Digital Don]
      #3571249 - 01/19/10 07:58 PM

Thank you for this information. I had hoped that a case similar to the Home Depot on might be available in a size suitable for the CPC 800. Tim

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Lord Beowulf
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: teskridg]
      #3571312 - 01/19/10 08:19 PM

Yeah, that's a great case. I'm up to three of them! You can see my original case setup for my NexStar 8SE here. My current setup for my CGEM and OTAs is here.

Beo


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antimorris
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Reged: 08/16/09

Loc: Clayton, NC
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #3579171 - 01/23/10 04:06 PM Attachment (292 downloads)

I got the same one and am using it for my CPC 800 ... using the original foam from the box the scope came in (trimmed in places and cut in half) .... still tweaking the fitting (hence the duct tape - dont want to glue it til I have it right), but it works great! I dont even have to take off the finder scope or my camera piggyback mount.

(pardon the mess in the pictures , I had just finished trimming the foam so it was everywhere!)

Edited by antimorris (01/23/10 04:28 PM)


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antimorris
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Loc: Clayton, NC
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: antimorris]
      #3579178 - 01/23/10 04:12 PM Attachment (264 downloads)

Another one with the top halves of the foam off:

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reddog15
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Reged: 11/09/09

Loc: Wyoming
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: antimorris]
      #3579332 - 01/23/10 05:33 PM

Quote:

I got the same one and am using it for my CPC 800 ... using the original foam from the box the scope came in (trimmed in places and cut in half) .... still tweaking the fitting (hence the duct tape - dont want to glue it til I have it right), but it works great! I dont even have to take off the finder scope or my camera piggyback mount.

(pardon the mess in the pictures , I had just finished trimming the foam so it was everywhere!)


Nice job Anna and a mess is a sign of guinesses IMHO

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astrovienna
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: reddog15]
      #3579377 - 01/23/10 06:00 PM

That looks good, Anna. Now that my Nexstar 8 has mysteriously come back to full life (the twitching AZ motor seems to have smoothed out again), I think I'm going to store that in the box and use it as my grab-and-go. Tearing the CPC11 out of my obs, with wedge, is probably a job I'll reserve only for longer trips.

And mess may be a sign of genius, but as reddog said, it may also be a sign of Guinnesses, and we can hope that some of the foam is from them!

Kevin


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antimorris
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Loc: Clayton, NC
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: astrovienna]
      #3579542 - 01/23/10 07:13 PM

mmmm Guinness!

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reddog15
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Reged: 11/09/09

Loc: Wyoming
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: antimorris]
      #3580072 - 01/24/10 12:21 AM

Quote:

mmmm Guinness!


Ok ya got a laugh on me you know what I meant,looks like I had too many

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Stargoat
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Reged: 04/10/05

Loc: Illinois
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3705410 - 03/25/10 10:14 PM

I have the older Nexstar C11 version. I would like to use this same case for my C11. The fit looks tight as Ken states with the CPC1100.

Does anyone know how the sizes compare between the Nexstar C11 and CPC1100 scopes?

Stephen


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mclewis1
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Reged: 02/25/06

Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Stargoat]
      #3705941 - 03/26/10 07:37 AM

Stephen,

Welcome to CN.

The CPCs are very very similar in overall dimensions to the older NS GPS scopes. They use the same fork arms (just covered in different plastic covers and the otas are the same size. The handle on the fork arm on the NS GPS scopes doesn't stick out as much. The base on the CPCs is a little wider.

Overall the dimensions are so close that I believe you won't have any problems with Ken's suggested case (the Stanley one).


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Arizona-Ken
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Reged: 08/31/08

Loc: Scottsdale, Arizona
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: mclewis1]
      #3706915 - 03/26/10 04:37 PM

Stephen:

I can relate to the trepidation of buying a case for a large telescope. What I did was measure the overall dimensions of the CPC, rounded up to the nearest inch, and then went to the Home Depot with a trusty tape measure and measured the inside dimensions of the case.

I suggest you do that and get to your own comfort level before you buy the case. And even if you decide it doesn't work, I bet that as long as you don't beat up or scratch the case, you could return it.

Arizona Ken


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3706941 - 03/26/10 04:49 PM

Further notes on the Stanley Case.

In previous posts, I mentioned that the trick would seem to be how one person could get it in and out of a vehicle, in my case a Ford Explorer. Actually it is pretty easy - stand the case up on the wheel end next to the back of the truck, lift the bottom end (correctly, using your legs and not your back), and push it into the truck. The reverse is also easy, let down the wheel end of the case 'til it touches the ground, reach over and ease the front end out.

I'm an average six foot guy in OK shape, in my late 50's (in fact can't get any later), and it is pretty easy.

My description is probably not the best, but try it a couple of times with the case empty and you can figure it out.

Arizona Ken


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nfll
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Reged: 08/29/06

Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710879 - 03/28/10 04:53 PM Attachment (246 downloads)

Hello,
Saw the Stanley chest and thought I might be able to show some mods I made to one I purchased a year ago.
I also purchase a hand cart from Home Depot and removed the handles to use just the wheel and plate assembly. The wheel and plate assy is removable. The larger wheels make it very easy to move around and put the case at a convenient height for computer, charts etc. I attached a table top, 1/2" ply wood, finished one side and bored some holes for eyepiece holders. The plastic "feet" fold up and out of the way.


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nfll
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Reged: 08/29/06

Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710916 - 03/28/10 05:12 PM Attachment (183 downloads)

I re enforced the ends by cutting out the indentations on both ends of the case and adding aluminum plate on the inside(laying around) and plywood on the outside (laying around). This makes a very strong case (Painted black). It also added at least 3" to the inside dimensions, but still have to remove focuser-no big deal.

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nfll
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Reged: 08/29/06

Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710923 - 03/28/10 05:14 PM Attachment (210 downloads)

I'm using camping pads and some rigid foam on the top end for protection. I have a somewhat extended micro focuser knob on the seeing end.

Edited by nfll (03/28/10 05:30 PM)


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nfll
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Reged: 08/29/06

Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710941 - 03/28/10 05:21 PM Attachment (172 downloads)

This end view shows the "feet" and end plywood exterior. The bolts shown hold both the plywood and internal aluminum plate. The thickness between the aluminum plate(s)(inside case) and plywood end piece(s)(outside case) is just the thickness of the case material.(replaces indention of original case construction on both ends after being removed).

Edited by nfll (03/28/10 11:04 PM)


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nfll
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Reged: 08/29/06

Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710960 - 03/28/10 05:27 PM Attachment (192 downloads)

Last but not least, a side view with case closed and feet folded back. Still looking at an improved "foot" design, but for now the PVC pipe is sufficient for table use while using scope. Now to find some clever way to get the scope from the case to the mount without springing my back.

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