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jkf398
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Loc: Houston, Texas
Great $60 Case for CPC 1100
      #3544475 - 01/06/10 10:55 PM

Hey Guys -
If the thought of a $500+ case to transport your CPC1100 is just a little too much to bear, take a look at the Stanley ProMobile Job Chest from Home Depot. It's $60 US and fits the CPC 1100 exactly. The case is made of high-strength resin - so strong you can stand on it without bending it -- and it comes with a locking lid and two extra holes for your own additional locks! It also features two strong wheels and a retractable handle. Inside, there's room for about 2" of foam in all directions to protect your scope from rattles and bumps. It's 37 7/8 X 22 3/4 X 23 1/4". Take a look at www.stanleyworks.com and save a ton of money on the "alternative"!


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reddog15
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3545459 - 01/07/10 12:49 PM

Nice, Welcome to Cloudy Nights Thanks for the link

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astrovienna
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: reddog15]
      #3545860 - 01/07/10 03:54 PM

Thanks! I was actually thinking of building a wheeled plywood box, and this is far better. It's twice as much on Amazon. Guess I better grab one before HD realizes!

Kevin


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mike174
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: reddog15]
      #3545878 - 01/07/10 04:04 PM

CAn you show us a picture of your CPC1100 in the case?

Tnx,

mike


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jkf398
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: mike174]
      #3546659 - 01/07/10 09:27 PM

I'll get a photo when I get a chance. It's a fabulous fit... about 2" in each direction to allow for rubber foam. The scope lies down in it.

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KerryR
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3546839 - 01/07/10 10:56 PM

Where will you get your foam rubber?

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Edward E
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: KerryR]
      #3547510 - 01/08/10 10:32 AM

How about the foam the telescope came packed in?

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mike174
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Edward E]
      #3547661 - 01/08/10 11:55 AM

I'm going to get it but I think I would use it either for long term storage or for transporting because i leave my CPC11 on the Tripod so I can easily move it when I'm going to observe. With it in the chest it will be harder to take it out because of it being lower to the ground.

Mike

CPC11/70's C8/ST80/Meade 70mm Walmart special/7x50 Pander Binos


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: mike174]
      #3548578 - 01/08/10 07:15 PM

I bought a case this afternoon and am working with it.

Tried Home Depot on line to see if my local store had it, and it did not come up; however, I made an actual visit to the tool section at the store and two cases were there, with a case at $59.97 plus tax.

The diagonal and finder scope need to be removed to get the scope in the case. I am experimenting with some old camping bedroll foam and it seems to be working. When the case's handle is extended for pulling, the end closest to you is where I have the focuser/diagonal and is what I call the top. I put the base side of the scope by the wheels and call this the bottom. In this way, when pulling the case, the weight of the scope is at the scope's base and the wheels. Right now when packing I have to raise the scope slightly to get some foam in on the top side (focuser/diagonal side) and some foam just slips in on the bottom (base) side.

The handle is very nice as it is metal and extends from its slots on the outside of the case.

I'm going back to experiment a little further and will try to post some pictures tomorrow.

It looks like a good inexpensive solution.

Arizona Ken


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555081 - 01/11/10 09:20 PM Attachment (684 downloads)

Pictures!

The Stanley Case for the CPC 1100. Took it out Saturday to my club's local star party and it worked like a charm. However, needs two people to get it in and out of an Explorer. Am working on that too.

Arizona Ken


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555085 - 01/11/10 09:21 PM Attachment (585 downloads)

With the handle extended

Arizona Ken


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555087 - 01/11/10 09:21 PM Attachment (589 downloads)

I wonder what's inside?

Arizona Ken


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555092 - 01/11/10 09:23 PM Attachment (725 downloads)

Holy Smoley, it's a CPC 1100!

Since these pictures, I've made adjustments to the foam. It's a tight fit but it works.

Arizona Ken


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Train32
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555106 - 01/11/10 09:31 PM

Thanks for the pics Ken. I'm convinced this is the way to go.

- Shane


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Digital Don
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555140 - 01/11/10 09:52 PM

"However, needs two people to get it in and out of an Explorer. Am working on that too."

I think if you can lift it alone, you get to run for governor of California... but I'm not sure!

Don


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astrovienna
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Train32]
      #3555151 - 01/11/10 09:54 PM

Thanks for the pix, Ken! I picked up one of these this morning. Is there space to get some foam in under the base and at the top? (I'd check with my own CPC11, but it's at Celestron for a GPS repair.) And can anyone suggest what kind of foam to use, and where you can find it? Wow, a $60 case!

And thanks to jkf398. What a great first post!

Kevin

Edited by astrovienna (01/11/10 10:03 PM)


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: astrovienna]
      #3555169 - 01/11/10 10:06 PM

Kevin, the foam you see in the last picture is old camping bedroll foam that I have. I use it as a sheet that lines the two sides and the bottom, and then put another piece on the top. A separate piece at each end, and away she goes.

With the foam in there, the fit is tight and the scope will not move at all.




Don, as I will never be mistaken for the "Governator" I am thinking about some sort of ramp type system for one man operation. However, two people lifting the scope and case is not difficult at all.


Arizona Ken


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jkf398
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Loc: Houston, Texas
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 - FOAM Solution! new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555455 - 01/12/10 12:31 AM

Hi Guys - It's me again (jkf398, also known as "Kevin"). OK - I told you about your storage solution. Now, here's the foam-rubber solution. Go to So-Fro or Hancock Fabrics (or a similar store) and buy their 2" thick foam rubber; it will be about $20. a piece that's 4' X 2' will wrap nicely around your scope and will enable a tight lid seal. No shocks will intrude and no rattles will annoy! Enjoy.

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eyeowe
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555470 - 01/12/10 12:40 AM

It looks as though this Stanley Case is even a little more
water resistant than the JMI Case as the half-lap lid on the Stanley looks as though water will shed to the outside, on the JMI Case the lid sits in a troff that cannot shed to the outside but rather will leak inwardly.
This is a 500% better case than the JMI......great find. And easily a $400 savings..........wow


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grao
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: eyeowe]
      #3556409 - 01/12/10 03:06 PM

Thanks for the tip- picked it up and found a nice Aluminum box for $25 in the same section that is perfect for eyepieces and accys.

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