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AlistairHowie
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #4938727 - 11/28/11 08:36 AM

Thanks, Mike. And perhaps this is a daft newbie question, but if I'm trundling my scope along in this case on a patio or sidewalk, packed nice and tightly with foam, is that going to knock the collimation off ... or is colimation a lot more robust than that?

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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4938964 - 11/28/11 11:26 AM

Collimation on a CPC1100 is surprisingly robust .. you should have few problems.

I have found a technique to get the case and scope into my small Ford Escape SUV that minimizes my lift. I lean the case against the back of the SUV at a slight angle, and, with the handles extended, lift from the back with one hand and press down on the handles with the other hand. The combination of these two actions seems to get the case into the SUV with a lot less effort than a straight lift from the back.

Arizona Ken


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AlistairHowie
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #4938977 - 11/28/11 11:34 AM

Just so I'm sure I understand your technique ... What you're basically doing is pivoting the case on the back lip of your vehicle by lifting with one hand and pushing down on the handle at the other? Is that right?

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MikeBOKC
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4939059 - 11/28/11 12:10 PM

I have had that scope for almost two years and got the case within the first month and have moved it in and out and transported it in the SUV many dozens of times and when I checked collimation last week the donuts were still right on. Have yet to touch a collimation screw.
As for the lift, one could also get two board planks and roll the case up into an SUV or pickup bed, though I continue to find the single hoist to the back ledge of my Escape and the side to side ooching it in quite tolerable, and I will be Medicare eligible in 7 months.


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4939224 - 11/28/11 01:47 PM

Quote:

Just so I'm sure I understand your technique ... What you're basically doing is pivoting the case on the back lip of your vehicle by lifting with one hand and pushing down on the handle at the other? Is that right?





Exactly!





Arizona Ken


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AlistairHowie
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #4939488 - 11/28/11 04:56 PM

Great - thanks Mike, thanks Ken.

Now that I've finished researching this option, it's irritating to find that the said case is $140 in the UK. Oh well, still way cheaper than the JMI or similar!

Thanks again all.


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AlistairHowie
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4940309 - 11/29/11 04:53 AM

And NOW I've discovered from Stanley in the UK that the case alone weighs 11.5kgs (25lbs). Despite the suggetions above, I'm not sure I'm able to lift this into my car. Hmmm ... time to pause and have a think - maybe a soft padded case ...

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shiner
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Reged: 11/04/11

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4961401 - 12/11/11 01:26 PM

I just bought one of these in the UK and it cost 85 or about $130 - UK is MUCH more expensive than US.
Not got my scope just yet. But wanted the box ready for when I do.
Someone reckoned they could get the scope in the box with the finder on. I hope to to do likewise.


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bouvier
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: shiner]
      #4961638 - 12/11/11 04:10 PM

Because of this thread I was able to find a great solution to casing my CPC 1100
The box is available here in Alberta at Home Depot for $99.
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/50-gallon-mobile-job-chest/944928
Mine still has the metal clasps and not the yellow plastic ones shown on the web. There must be 2 different models now. Not sure about the newer one.
I use an old quilt inside and it works like a charm. I must remove the finder but my FT Focuser is fine.
Thank you so much for this thread CloudyNights


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shiner
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #5041034 - 01/27/12 02:12 PM

I have got my 1100 in one of these.

I have a few questions:
1. Any issues with "hanging" the 1100 by the handle whilst lowering it into the case. Man, that's a lot of weight and I was wondering if the system is designed to be hanging on it like that? I mean, a lot of the "lift" is done by the left hand in the recess, not the right handle.....
2. How long you been doing this?
3. Any issue with the mirror being stored lying on its side like this for extended periods?


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Arizona-Ken
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: shiner]
      #5041134 - 01/27/12 03:11 PM

Shiner:

1. No. Moving the 1100 only takes a few seconds.
2. About 2 years.
3. No. In fact, storing it vertically over long periods of time sometimes allows grease to drip on the corrector lens or the mirror.

Arizona Ken


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berobertsmd
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: grao]
      #5051005 - 02/02/12 03:49 AM

A good source for almost any kind of foam is
www.thefoamfactory.com. Eggcrate is listed as acoustic foam, also have pluckable foam to customize.


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av_joe
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Reged: 02/24/12

Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: berobertsmd]
      #5105466 - 03/04/12 08:06 PM

Hi, no one try this?
http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?TYPE=PRODUCT&CATEGORY=ZAG+ROLLING+WORK&PARTNUMBER=036800R


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AstronB
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: av_joe]
      #5112052 - 03/08/12 05:07 PM

Hello,

I was wandering if it's doable to walk, say about, 15 minutes with the Stanley case with the cpc 1100 in it? Or is that too much?


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MikeBOKC
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AstronB]
      #5112443 - 03/08/12 08:46 PM

Well, two factors would come into play for me -- how strong are you (it is a pretty hefty load) and most of all over what surface. No matter how well you pad the scope, if you are going over uneven terrain it's going to jar and bounce a bunch. I would really worry about damage, or at least knocking collimation out of whack. 20 feet or so it about all I move my CPC1100 in this case, to and from the car.

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Koen Dierckens
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Reged: 11/04/09

Loc: Antwerp, Belgium
Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5126613 - 03/17/12 07:19 AM Attachment (94 downloads)

I think this post is the one of the most popular on the NexStar/CPC pages for obvious reasons. Thanks to this link, I learned about the existance of this great case.

In order to illustrate the storage capacity of this box, I made a series of pictures showing how all my gear is stored. I hope it inspires you all.


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Koen Dierckens
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5126614 - 03/17/12 07:21 AM Attachment (87 downloads)

The wooden panel on top fits in the pulling handle, so it can serve as a small table

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Koen Dierckens
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5126615 - 03/17/12 07:21 AM Attachment (99 downloads)

Let the unloading begin.
Top left: counterweight, batteries, reticle illumination
Top: accessory box containing hand controller, laser pointer, webcam, oculars and filters
Center left: small boxes containing T-adapters, focal reducer, diagonal, visual back and tools
Center: Canon lens
Center right: bahtinov mask
Bottom right: Canon body


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Koen Dierckens
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5126616 - 03/17/12 07:22 AM Attachment (79 downloads)

Top right: home-made solar filter with Baader AstroSolar foil and old Tefal pan

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Koen Dierckens
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5126621 - 03/17/12 07:25 AM Attachment (81 downloads)

The bare minimum in its protective foam recuperated from the original packaging

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