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jkf398
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555081 - 01/11/10 09:20 PM Attachment (693 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555085 - 01/11/10 09:21 PM Attachment (590 downloads)

With the handle extended

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Arizona-Ken]
      #3555087 - 01/11/10 09:21 PM Attachment (596 downloads)

I wonder what's inside?

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 (734 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: teskridg]
      #3566731 - 01/17/10 04:53 PM Attachment (222 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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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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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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #3579171 - 01/23/10 04:06 PM Attachment (296 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: antimorris]
      #3579178 - 01/23/10 04:12 PM Attachment (268 downloads)

Another one with the top halves of the foam off:

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

mmmm Guinness!

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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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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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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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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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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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710879 - 03/28/10 04:53 PM Attachment (251 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710916 - 03/28/10 05:12 PM Attachment (187 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710923 - 03/28/10 05:14 PM Attachment (216 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710941 - 03/28/10 05:21 PM Attachment (176 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3710960 - 03/28/10 05:27 PM Attachment (196 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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: nfll]
      #3731922 - 04/08/10 07:11 AM

I want to thank everyone for this wonderful thread!! I thought the $500 price tag for the JMI case a bit absurd and was actually considering making my own out of 1x4s (heavy I know, but I have a ramp to get it up into the bed of the truck). But the Stanley 50gal ProMobile JobChest is great. I just need to get some foam for it.

A note to others trying to find this online, you can't. It's no longer listed on any of the Stanley websites (Stanley Hardware, Stanley Handtools, etc...). I finally just broke down and went to my local Home Depot and there it was, $60, well $59.95 whatever. My personal guess is that Stanley is no longer making these as they now have a Stanley 50gal Mobile Tool Chest for about double the cost.

Thanks again everyone


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Runebane]
      #3793547 - 05/08/10 10:36 AM

WOW ! Wish I would have found this post / forum before I bought the JMI! I did already find the $25 aluminum case at Home Depot and converted it into an awesome accessory case. It holds my cables, dew heaters and everything else I have. Bought some egg crate foam online to line the top so everything stays right in place...

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Jersey Star Man]
      #3793588 - 05/08/10 10:57 AM

Quote:

WOW ! Wish I would have found this post / forum before I bought the JMI! I did already find the $25 aluminum case at Home Depot and converted it into an awesome accessory case. It holds my cables, dew heaters and everything else I have. Bought some egg crate foam online to line the top so everything stays right in place...


Welcome to Cloudy Nights,it seem these are no longer avilable at HD,it is Amazon now for 124.95

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: reddog15]
      #3873347 - 06/19/10 01:26 AM

Does anyone know the Stanley model number of this case?

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Paul McC]
      #3873365 - 06/19/10 01:33 AM

||I don't find a model number on mine but it measures 36 inches long on the top and 22 wide.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #3873375 - 06/19/10 01:40 AM

By the way this case also makes a perfect accessory table in the field. Close the lid and set your eyepiece case and other doodads on it (it even has a grooved top to keep things from rolling off.) It is a perfect height . . . I just put it behind my obsrving drummer's throne and spin around to get what I need.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #3874950 - 06/20/10 01:11 AM

I see it on Amazon, I think... a "50 gallon" case? This one?
http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-Consumer-Storage-037025H-Gallon/dp/B000Q5LZT4/ref=dp_cp_ob_hi_title_0

At $120, it's still much cheaper than the one by JMI. Nicer looking too. But how good is it with the considerable weight of the CPC 1100? Also, what's the best way to get it down inside the case? My OTA hasn't been near the ground since I unpacked it back in '06!

Wish I'd taken advantage of it at Home Depot... sigh.

Cheers,
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Paul McC]
      #3875271 - 06/20/10 09:34 AM

That is it. If you will look on the first or second page of this thread someone has posted photos of the COC 1100 inside one of these. Mine carries the weight just fine . . . rolls where I want to go. It is a bit of a beast lifting in and out of the back of my Ford Escape, but doable. If it will fit in my Escape it surely will fit in all but the smallest SUVs. I doubt it will fit a car trunk though.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: grao]
      #3878588 - 06/21/10 10:27 PM

Good News!

I just checked at my local Home Depot and they had two of these sitting out on the floor with Father's Day balloons on them! Same price as originally posted here- $59.97!!! Of course, I snapped one up!

I am so happy- after reading here that they were no longer available at HD, I thought it was a long shot to go and see if there was one in a stock room or something (I work in retail; there's often one of anything sitting in a stock room!) but lo and behold there it was!

Big case (well, it would have to be to fit our venerable CPC 1100s!) Nice latches, too. And a lock! This box is actually a great buy even if it didn't serve our astronomy purposes! Holy moly... my CPC actually might get to a DARK site for the first time ever this year!

The case seems very sturdy, too. Not sold on the case's handle yet... have any of you others seen the CPC 1100's weight cause problems with this case's handle (I keep wondering if it would bend or something)? There is a nice little grip handle on each side of the case to make it easy for two people to lift it in and out of the car.

As for getting the CPC in and out of this case, I'm thinking of setting the CPC on it's base by lowering it to the ground (using my knees), then sliding it into the case. I would have the case standing on it's side (the side opposite the handle). Then I would lower the entire setup to the ground to move it in it's natural position. To remove it, I'd reverse this procedure. Maybe I could put a small wheeled platform in there to make sliding it in and out easier? I want to avoid lowering the CPC into the case from the top. Does this sound right?

Now, to get some foam for the inside!

Thanks again, Kevin, for this original post!

Cheers,
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Paul McC]
      #3878668 - 06/21/10 11:02 PM

Ihave found the handle to be very sturdy. I roll it tipped up some so a lot of the weight rides on the wheels, with the base of the scope at the wheel end.
As for placing it in, I just leave the case level and gently lower the scope and fork assembly into it by the handle, thenlean in and scoot it down by pulling the non-handle side of the fork into the corner. It won't lie perfectly level -- more at about a 30 degree up angle with the handle against the upper side closest to you. That still allows the lid to close and latch. I am always careful to makesure the base of the scope rests firmlyagainst theend above the wheels to avoid rolling the focuser against the other end. But I expect your method would work well too -- I'd just be wary of overbalancing the whole thing and having the scope topple out. I have been able to hoist the loaded case into the back of my SUV by grabbing the end handles and hoisting it onto the edgeof the bed, and then scootingit in.
Got my foam at a fabric store -- comes in several lengths, just cut to size with scissors. I gluessome squares into the bottom and just let the other pieces fall loosely around the assembly, taking care to wedge one large square underthe base against theleft end.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #3878720 - 06/21/10 11:27 PM

I have a four door Lumina. I think this case will be able to go in the back seat, but gotta check that out after work tomorrow. Also want to see if it blocks my rear view... probably not. It was funny getting it home from HD tonight in my wife's two door Monte Carlo! Talk about tight spaces.

I'm not sure if I could handle the CPC 11 by just it's one handle... never tried. Will have to get back to some weight lifting. I always lift my scope the way it was designed. Trying to picture moving it to it's side without me toppling over!

Good point on the focusing knob! Maybe a "sock" could be fashioned out of foam for it?

I think I'd be able to get the case/CPC into the Lumina by angling it in (handle into car) thru one back door and then getting in the car from the opposite side door and pulling it all up and in. The case isn't that heavy actually. I'm guessing with scope's 65 lbs and case at around 25 lbs (?) all about 90 lbs? Bet I drive away and leave my ep case and tripod. (Note to self: pack eps and tripod before scope every time.)

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Paul McC]
      #3904949 - 07/05/10 10:51 PM

My local Home Depot still has these in stock for $59.95. Has anyone tried them for CPC-800? Too Big?

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      #3905142 - 07/06/10 01:07 AM

Hi Gavin,

Check my earlier post on page 2 of this thread. I use the Rubbermaid container pictured there. It works well and was only $20!

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: nfll]
      #3906479 - 07/06/10 06:14 PM

I think I'm going to buy a foam rubber mattress pad- they are available at Macy's and Boscov's for about $39.99 - and cut it into pieces to line the box. If I buy a queen sized matt pad, it would give me a lot of foam rubber to work with! (but I'm sure the twin size would be enough... they are the same price no matter what.) Now... I wonder how difficult it is to cut foam rubber???

Btw- I know the finder scope has to come off, but does this include the finder's mounting rings as well? I'm guessing it does. How about the hand controller and its mount? Looks like there's enough room for them to be stored inside the case unmounted. (In a covered soft case, I guess)

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Paul McC]
      #3906686 - 07/06/10 09:00 PM

"Now... I wonder how difficult it is to cut foam rubber???"

Hi Paul,

I needed some foam rubber for a project so the bride and I went to Joann Fabrics. I found the thickness I needed and the clerk cut it easliy with an electric carving knife - the same thing you'd carve the turkey with at Thanksgiving! I used the same method at home and it worked perfectly.

Just be sure to cut on a hard surface like a concrete garage or basement floor.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Digital Don]
      #3906782 - 07/06/10 10:22 PM

Hi Don,

I went to (of all places) Walmart tonight because my wife insisted that they had a fabric department that would have foam rubber. Sure enough, they sell it in rolls of 24" x 72" for $14.99 (or there abouts). I bought two rolls, but I think the second will be un-necessary.

I put the foam in loosely and then seated the CPC 1100 in very carefully (note to self: GET BACK TO WEIGHT LIFTING!!!). I think tonight was the first time I used the tiny black handle near the focuser to lift the scope along with the large silver handle on the fork arm!

It was awkward to get it in there from the top. I think I'm still going to look into standing the case up on its wheel side, then sliding the scope in. It's actually easier (I think it will be- still have to test) for me to lower the CPC down to the ground and slide it into the upright case than to lower it from above into the case in the case's natural orientation.

Someone mentioned the danger of the CPC sliding back out... but while this is certainly possible, my CPC stayed put (as in didn't budge at all) when I moved the case to standing on it's wheeled end. The CPC 1100 is kinda the "bear in the woods"... it "stays" where it wants to!

I'm going to try to staple gun (* uh oh... duck everyone!) the foam rubber into a few spots in the case- it tends to try to roll back up as you place the scope into the case.

As for the scope fitting into the case... yes it does. But, you must remove the entire finder scope assembly (which is easy enough- it slides out... but then, I forgot about that!) and the entire right angle ep assembly including the screw in mount for that. (Interestingly enough, I found I LOST the cover that goes over the main opening of the OTA! OUCH! Fortunately, my 6.3 reducer had a similarly sized cover, so I popped that on! (and I used a large and loose cover from something else to cover the reducer and placed it back in it's bag and box!) It's amazing how many ep and scope and finder scope covers we accumulate over the years, isn't it??? I also removed the Hand controller and it's plastic mount as a precaution.

The CPC 1100 must also be swiveled into place to fit on a diagonal (see other's pictures) orientation. Again, this might be easier achieved by standing the case up on it's wheel base and sliding the scope into the case... in fact, you could loosen the AZ clutch and turn it slightly to make it fit. That just occurred to me!


But, for tonight, I proved that the CPC, completely stripped down, fits into the case to my satisfaction. With the foam (which is 1" thick), it's a snug fit. The case's handle does not seem the least bit stressed by the weight of the CPC 1100 inside, and the movement of the case is very smooth!

Thanks again to the OP for this fantastic solution!!!

Cheers,
Paul


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Paul McC]
      #3907253 - 07/07/10 08:33 AM

I place it in with the case on its bottom, but your upright solution works fine too. And I really like the snug fit -- you know it is not going to be rattling around in there during transport. Yes, it has to be stripped of any jutting accessories, but suspect that is true of most transport cases, even the JMI's. I used some glue to affix foam pads to the bottom and just let the rest of the foam fall loosely, allowing me to tuck them in where needed after the scope assmebly is in the case.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Digital Don]
      #3907540 - 07/07/10 11:42 AM

Thanks, Don. I saw your picture, that looks good. Do you know how big it is, i.e. how many gallons/liters?

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Fimpster]
      #3908603 - 07/07/10 10:47 PM

Hi Gavin,

My unit does not have any markings other than a code number on the bottom. However, I searched and found it to be a 45 gallon container, model number 246300DIM. I purchased mine at Menards for about $20, but I'm not sure if they still carry them.

The least expensive I could find was at Ace Hardware - it's about twice what I paid, but that was a few years ago.

Hope that helps!

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Digital Don]
      #3912323 - 07/09/10 08:02 PM

Thanks Don. $45 on Ace is still half the price I found it for on Amazon.com. I'm also considering the Pacific Designs softcase, but that's $150!

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      #3912644 - 07/09/10 11:30 PM

You're welcome Gavin.

Personally, I don't care for soft cases, but they have their place too. One of the best features of the Rubbermaid case I use is the wheels. Once you lift it out of your vehicle, you can roll it to where it will be set up. Sure beats carrying it!

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #3913594 - 07/10/10 02:33 PM

I've been using one of these with my Nexstar 8i, and when my sister got a CPC-800, she got one too! They work very well, provide quite a bit of protection, and make a great bench to sit during an observing session.

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      #3933972 - 07/20/10 06:37 PM

Wow what a Fantastic find ! Thanks as this will save me 400-500 bucks$$$$

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: starboi]
      #3938394 - 07/22/10 09:54 PM

ok i just went to HD and got my case for 59.99 dang I don't even have the scope but just saw how big this sucker is going to be...

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: starboi]
      #3938947 - 07/23/10 08:30 AM

Get some thin foam at a fabric store - cuts easily with scissors. Also early in this thread are some photos showing how to easily position the tube/fork assembly in the case. This case is a perfect match for the 1100.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #3939703 - 07/23/10 02:46 PM

I'm actually thinking about doing away with my JMI case - the foam inside keeps coming loose and I haven't yet found an adhesive that will keep it stuck. I may have to take a trip to Lowes (I don't like 'Home Despot') and see what they have. Maybe I can find some foam that'll work at the local "Michael's" hobby shop/craft store.

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      #3939721 - 07/23/10 03:02 PM

Im using the foam that came with the box and scope Im just going to cut and make it fit. you can use velcro to fasten it to the trunk

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: starboi]
      #3939768 - 07/23/10 03:25 PM

I would do that, but that box is LONG gone... It's a great idea, though.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: antimorris]
      #3942410 - 07/24/10 10:59 PM

Great idea, but it's 1.5" too tall to fit in my van where I normally carry my scope. I could move it to the rear passenger compartment, but that'd mean removing at least one seat every time I transport the scope.

I may still consider doing this. For the life of me, I haven't been able to find an adhesive that will keep the foam glued into the interior of the JMI case I've had for my scope. I've tried hot glue (3 different varieties) contact cement (rubber glue), gorilla glue. They all stick to the foam, but not to the case.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: b1gred]
      #3942502 - 07/24/10 11:57 PM

Randy, What did Jim make the case out of ... teflon?

Since you have to watch which glue you use with the foam lest you dissolve it all how about a 2 stage approach? Apply a thin layer of epoxy to the inside of the case, see if that adheres well. If it does then use one of your existing choices to stick that layer to the foam. Or try the same idea only using CA to bond a few plastic strips to the case and then in turn glue those strips to the foam.

Might also be worth a call to JMI to see if they have any ideas. They've been great to deal with in the past. Or just drop in on your next northbound I25 excursion.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: mclewis1]
      #3943123 - 07/25/10 11:29 AM

Mark,

That's not a bad idea. I was actually thinking of just roughing up the inner surface (I think the case is thermo-molded HDPE) with some coarse sandpaper, cleaning it with just water to remove the dust and trying "hot glue" again.

Maybe I could just take it up to JMI and see if they'll "re-stick" everything. I'm pretty unhappy with the case, but it was one of their very first for the 9.25.

I'm going to start a new thread on this in "EQUIPMENT" - probably a better location...

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Fimpster]
      #4325441 - 01/19/11 03:37 PM

Was at Home Depot today and thought of this thread. By way of update, my Home Depot had 9 on the floor for $59.

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      #4724000 - 08/01/11 02:22 AM

You can always get 10% off anything at Home Depot by getting the U.S.P.S. change of address form/package at your local post office which includes several coupons (Lowes 10% up to $5000 - Home Depot always matches).

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: treyk]
      #4725550 - 08/01/11 09:10 PM

Quote:

Was at Home Depot today and thought of this thread. By way of update, my Home Depot had 9 on the floor for $59.




Yep, I picked mine up at HD, and will be getting some 2" foam from work tomorrow.

I will take a pic once I have everything squared away. I also have a left over WingTote that I used to use for transporting the wings of my 45% RC airplane. They will do very nicely for a carry case for the tripod and parts.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Jim langley]
      #4799597 - 09/10/11 09:38 AM

I have the JMI case. Its sooo much better.

(just let me believe it, I have to somehow justify the stupid cost of that thing)

I really wish I researched this more, but at the time I dont think this thread was around and I wanted to safely transport my scope asap. blah


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Raider1900]
      #4800553 - 09/10/11 07:34 PM

Quote:

I have the JMI case. Its sooo much better.

(just let me believe it, I have to somehow justify the stupid cost of that thing)

I really wish I researched this more, but at the time I dont think this thread was around and I wanted to safely transport my scope asap. blah





You have what works for you... No need to justify anything...


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: grao]
      #4804086 - 09/12/11 04:46 PM

I purchased one of these and find it great for transporting in my minivan.
I lined the inside with 1" "yoga mats" purchased from WalMart cut them to fit both sides, back, and bottom and used Elmers spray adhesive to secure them.
I am looking at purchasing the Starizona feathertouch microfocuser and I was wondering if it would have clearance within the case. Can anyone comment?


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      #4804525 - 09/12/11 09:11 PM

Randy,
I use 3M #08008 Black Weatherstrip Adhesive. It has worked for me on my JMI cases and my Pelican cases too.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: fundy fog]
      #4805093 - 09/13/11 08:34 AM

My CPC1100 has the FT focuser and it slides just fine into the big Stanley case, but I use loose foam pads for padding rather than an installed system like you have. I lay it on at a slight angle so the focuser doesn't hit the slight protrusion inside at each end in the center.

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      #4806366 - 09/13/11 09:38 PM

Thanks Mike. I guess I stated I placed foam on the bottom (sorry - just learning how to edit my posts) but I left it off to allow the scope to slide in easier when the case is standing upright.
I also place a small piece of the matting at the top once the scope is in place. I find the only way to fit the scope in the case and have the top close when it is upright is to place the CPC inside on an angle, so that should work great.

Clear skies to you and thanks for your help.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: fundy fog]
      #4823029 - 09/23/11 02:42 AM

I have a Stanley case for my scope. It is great for cheap!

However it is bulky and a bear to get the scope in and out.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: fundy fog]
      #4835198 - 09/29/11 11:30 PM

I couldn't find the foam anywhere, so I wound up using three large packing blankets from HD. Got a nice, well padded, firm fit, and it fits well without removing the finderscope. The finder and the adjustment screws don't even contact the pads or the box, and it's firmly in place. Just had to remove the star diagonal. Left the 2" visual back in place, and with a blanket at each end, it fits snugly in there. Just another option for securing the scope in the case.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: ac1]
      #4837159 - 10/01/11 07:40 AM

I just purchased the Stanley case for my CPC1100 last month. Canadians may find that the case isn't available at Home Depot in Canada. I had to go to the closest one in the U.S. to get mine. It works great. I bought a roll of soft foam at walmart and cut pieces to fit. I leave the pieces loose in the case.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Lancem]
      #4840178 - 10/02/11 08:40 PM

Quote:

I just purchased the Stanley case for my CPC1100 last month. Canadians may find that the case isn't available at Home Depot in Canada.




This is what I thought until I saw one at Lowes in Edmonton, but I think it was like $120.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: zippeee]
      #4851775 - 10/09/11 09:13 AM

It should be mentioned, as this thread is almost two years old, that this Stanley case is still available at Home Depot stores. I bought one in late September 2011. It works well for a CPC 1100 that I use for outreach. I use an old quilt I had laying around as padding. It is a beast to put in and out of a vehicle, but with some help, ramp, or a strong back it is doable. Just thought I'd keep the thread alive for people looking for this solution. Great protection at a great price.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Joe Bruessow]
      #4852899 - 10/09/11 09:38 PM

I bought one of these last year for $60. It was great for transporting the 'scope. I deforked my scope this year. I'm not sure if I'll keep using my Stanley case for those rare times I move my scope or if I'll get something that fits a bit more snug. Works great as a saw table too

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Runebane]
      #4856482 - 10/11/11 08:28 PM

Joe

How much was the case when you bought it last month? I have been watching Amart for "cheaper" case so this may be my answer.

Thanks, Brian


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      #4858460 - 10/12/11 10:53 PM

I purchased mine in August (2011) at a Home Depot in NY state for around $60.00

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Lancem]
      #4869997 - 10/19/11 07:57 PM

I was @ Home Depot picking up a smaller 28" Stanley case for my new AT6RC scope. And saw the BIG ONE! I instantly thought about my big SCT. However, I don't have a CPC11, but rather a C11 OTA that mounts to a GEM. Is this box to big for my C11 or what? I could always section an area inside off with some birch plywood, and use the extra space for other stuff! Would be nice if I get get the CGE mount inside, but that another 60lbs or so. Those that have the box, would you have still bought it for just a OTA alone?

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Wmacky]
      #4876186 - 10/23/11 04:29 PM

How thick should the foam be for this case? I got this foam before from the Foam Factory when I made a custom case for an 8" LX200 with a Home Depot tote. It came out nice I used 3" Solid Charcoal Firm Foam which was easy to cut with an electronic carving knife. It's hard to tell in the pictures here how snug the CPC 1100 fits in this case.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: JoeR]
      #4876492 - 10/23/11 07:49 PM

It fits pretty snuggly, so much so that you need to rotate it a bot to get the side handle down so the lid will close. I use slabs of about half-inch thick foam. Much more than that and you will have a too tight fit.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #4889207 - 10/30/11 07:53 PM

Aww this one is a no go for me. While it technically fit in the case the feathertouch focuser rubs against the side moving it as the scope went in and the base was also flushed against the the other side leaving no room for any padding. According to Celestron The EdgeHD tube is the same length as the CPC but the overall length seems longer than my NS11 as it's harder to get through the car door. Oh well I'm certainly not going to shell out the bucks for a JMI case. It will just continue riding shotgun next to me.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: JoeR]
      #4894660 - 11/02/11 08:59 PM

Well I picked up the case anyway, and promptly spent an additional $200 in materials to upgrade it!

Edited by Wmacky (11/02/11 09:02 PM)


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Wmacky]
      #4926459 - 11/20/11 04:38 PM

I use two of these cases to store and transport my gear. With minor modifications, the factory foam that comes with a CGEM fits perfectly. My C9.25 also is a great fit in case #2, using the factory foam. A really handy feature is the lift-out tray that comes with the case. Since I've got two cases, both trays go into the scope case, with peripherals loaded. There 's plenty of space for other stuff in the areas around the scope too. The only issue is that one needs a issue with these cases is that one needs a fairly big vehicle to fit them both in. Otherwise, great product for this purpose.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: amillego]
      #4931321 - 11/23/11 01:41 PM

How do you get the scope - 56lbs of it - out of the box other than bend down and heave it out? I suppose that's the only way..... ?

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: shiner]
      #4931650 - 11/23/11 04:34 PM

I always place it in so that the handle is up. I also have top and bottom rails on my CPC1100 for counterweight system and piggybacking a refractor, so they are handy for lifting. And I always position the case and triod so that I only have to turn 180 degrees to place the OTA assembly on top, with no steps in between.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: grao]
      #4933006 - 11/24/11 01:25 PM

Anyone got some pictures of the CPC1100 in the case please? There is one on the site but wanted to see from a few angles.......

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: shiner]
      #4937014 - 11/27/11 09:28 AM

Can anyone tell me the weight of the Stanley ProMobile Job Chest? I ask because of the need to be able to lift it, and the CPC1100 into the back of my car. Just seeing if it's doable on my own. I'm guessing it's about another 5kg, but can anyone tell me? The Stanley website only gives internal dimensions, and here in the UK the only way I can get it is through the internet, so I don't have the opportunity to try it out.

Many thanks.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4937517 - 11/27/11 03:01 PM

Alistair search ebay.co.uk - most places will let you go and have a look first. That's what I am going to do.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: AlistairHowie]
      #4937634 - 11/27/11 04:11 PM

Without actuallty weighing it I would say that is about right -- perhaps 10-12 pounds. I can hoist mine with CPC1100 inside into the back of my SUV alone, though it is a bit of a load.

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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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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.

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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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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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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!





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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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      #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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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5126623 - 03/17/12 07:26 AM Attachment (112 downloads)

Pile of junk :-) on the small built-in table. It all comes out of the box.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5126624 - 03/17/12 07:27 AM Attachment (95 downloads)

Left foam cut in half for easy removal; making lifting out and in of the OTA more easy. The foam at the right side goes on top of the OTA and is taken out/put in the box together with the OTA.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5127231 - 03/17/12 03:34 PM

Koen, what are the sockets and switches below the handle pls ?

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: shiner]
      #5127497 - 03/17/12 06:41 PM

Shiner, that's a built-in self-made dew controller .

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #5183559 - 04/21/12 05:06 PM

Just found this thread. I have an extra Stanley box I took to Iraq that will now get a new life!

Thanks CN!


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: shrevestan]
      #5656303 - 02/01/13 12:45 PM

Does anyone know where to find this product these days? This thread goes back about 4-5 years ago.

Thanks for any help.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: boblakewood]
      #5656938 - 02/01/13 06:40 PM

I got mine at Home Depot. Don't know if Lowes carries them too, but it is worth a check. I suspect one could also order direct from Stanley, though shipping might be a bear.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5657055 - 02/01/13 08:00 PM

+ 1 for home depot about 6 months ago. In or near the hand tools isle.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jerwin]
      #5671815 - 02/10/13 05:03 AM

here's the Home Depot webpage for it:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/202300294?catalogId=10053

I might have to go pick one up myself


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Thanatos78621]
      #5763148 - 03/28/13 08:45 PM

As it relates to storing an 11" CPC Edge in a Stanley case.....
Can anyone tell me the actual length of the Feathertouch micro focus knob? I'm reluctant to install a micro focuser, then find that the scope no longer fits the storage box. I know; using storage as a determining factor for installing a focuser is silly, but storing our big scopes can be a huge issue.
Thank you to all.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Thanatos78621]
      #5763245 - 03/28/13 09:44 PM

I have the feathertouch installed on mine and it fits the Stanlet case ok. You have to be a little careful lowering it into the case to make sure the focuser does not scrape the end, but there is still an inch or two to play with with the FT installed.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5763498 - 03/29/13 01:08 AM

Home Depot just came out with their own brand, Husky, work box. It's internally larger than the Stanley box, will comfortably fit a C14, and is $10 cheaper. It is built as well, if not better than the Stanley. In fact, after I wrote this, I went down and bought another one for my mount.

Edited by CharlesW (03/31/13 12:54 AM)


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5765456 - 03/29/13 06:11 PM

hi folks,

i am pretty new here. my first suggestion straight forward in this thread starts with a question:

has anybody tried just a simple luggage case/trolley as a cpc case? i (cpc9.25 user) have not but can imagine that with a wooden board in the trolley“s back plus a plank in it“s bottom (plus some foam pieces of course)could be a cheap but fine scope transporter.

i will check some luggage cases on my next shopping tour...

enjoy this easter weekend! (temperature here in old europe is still around zero degrease centigrade - unbelivable!)

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: FXDX]
      #5771443 - 04/01/13 06:42 PM

Just bought a Husky 37" Mobile Job Box; have had the 50 gallon Stanley box for a while. Will do some careful measurements and report back.

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CPC 1100 Edge
18" Obsession Classic
Garrett 100mm binos
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: pcctex]
      #5778629 - 04/04/13 09:32 PM

Hat tip to Charles W. My CPC1100 Edge fits much better in the Husky box. Here are the dimensions I promised:

Stanley 50 gal box:
29" x 16-1/2" bottom
30-3/4" x 17-3/4" mid-point
31-1/2" x 19" top

Husky 37" Mobile Job Box:
31" x 16-1/4" bottom
33-3/4" x 18-1/4" mid-point
34" x 18-1/4" top

The most significant difference is the extra 3 inches of length at the mid-point....that's where our CPC scopes rest. The difference is caused by the handholds in the ends of the Stanley box....the handhold indentions run down the full height of the ends of the box. The Husky box ends are flat: no full depth hand indentions. Now I have no worries about going to a Feathertouch micro focuser. Actually, I had to scrounge around my stuff room for more pieces of foam.

Thanks again Charles.

Best of Luck to all.


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: pcctex]
      #5824118 - 04/26/13 11:00 AM

I picked up the Huskey case from Home Depot for $59.99. I'm now trying to get the foam. I'm post pics when I've sorted it all out.

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      #5935261 - 06/22/13 08:12 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

I've been using the Husky Case for several weeks now and I'm quite happy with the purchase. Here are some pics of how I have configured it for my CPC1100.

Here is these with foam from a sleeping bag pad (blue foam) glued in on the sides. Where the scope base rests I took some of the foam that came with the scope and glued it in place.


Edited by iam1ru12 (06/22/13 08:17 PM)


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I also had some curved styrofoam from a fire pit I purchased, these help support the OTA in the case:

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Here is scope sitting the case. I make sure both clutches are unlocked:

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My visual back just barely clears, but about 1/8 of an inch (left side of pic). However when I place additional foam blocks (from the scope's original foam) that clearance becomes about 3/8 of an inch:

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I then use a loose piece of the blue foam, tuck it in a bit, wedge another piece of original shipping foam against the OTA and then drape the blue foam over top of the OTA, the scope is nice an snug:

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: iam1ru12]
      #5935282 - 06/22/13 08:22 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Now the lid can be closed and scope put away with the rest of the astro gear:

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: iam1ru12]
      #5936193 - 06/23/13 11:09 AM

for padding that's not too soft or hard, I've used the padded work area floor squares at Harbor Freight and cut them to size, getting semi custom fit mimicking the original shipping box packing. Once the out gassing stops, they're great and cheap at HF, especially on sale or with the coupons they always promote. I think $9.99 for 4 pc of 25" X25" X 1/2". 'Anti Fatique Foam Mat Set' #94635
Thanks for the heads up. I'll be going to HD on Monday looking to see if its OK for my 180mm Mak!
Bob


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: jkf398]
      #5957885 - 07/06/13 05:07 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

Just wanted to let you guys also know that Home Depot has a Husky Box as well that's the same size as the Stanley Box that's about $10 cheaper (Husky $58 vs Stanley $68). Overall it seemed to be better quality as well. We're using it for our CPC 800 with it's original packing, had to cut it down a bit, and the fit is very secure.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: mdailey]
      #5968780 - 07/13/13 10:33 AM

I just bought this case walked out with my shipping foam and my first thought is no way will this fit. I'm about to go out and start doing whatever till I get it figured out.

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iam1ru12
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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: celtictexan]
      #5971791 - 07/15/13 08:13 AM

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I just bought this case walked out with my shipping foam and my first thought is no way will this fit. I'm about to go out and start doing whatever till I get it figured out.




The foam for the 8" and the 9.25" should fit as I have seen picture of these here in the thread. However I was not able to get the foam my CPC 1100 to fit, no matter how much I cut it down. Let us know if you are able to the foam to fit.

-Mike


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: iam1ru12]
      #5973565 - 07/16/13 04:31 AM

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The foam for the 8" and the 9.25" should fit as I have seen picture of these here in the thread. However I was not able to get the foam my CPC 1100 to fit, no matter how much I cut it down. Let us know if you are able to the foam to fit.




Now that you point it out I see. I had been thinking the 1100 foam could be cut to fit. I spent quiet a bit of time Sat trying to puzzle it out. Just not going to happen. Im thinking to put together a plywood box the same size as the shipping box now. Not a whole lot can be better than the original shipping foam. Ill document and post what I do. The case will definetly be good for other gear.



-Mike




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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Koen Dierckens]
      #6236707 - 12/06/13 07:02 AM

Thanks. You guys saved me $100's. The original case is priced way to high

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: sbtampa]
      #6241621 - 12/08/13 09:23 PM

So, point of clarification....you guys store your scopes with clutches disengaged, right? Lower it in and then let the fork rotate until it comes to rest and the lid can close. Cant decide now between the Husky or the Stanley case, but it's probably an apples/oranges thing anyway.

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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: ourobouros2k2]
      #6243146 - 12/09/13 05:10 PM

I stumbled across this thread while considering the CPC Deluxe... I've heard good things about Kaizen Foam.

Clear Skies

Edited by MDavid (12/09/13 05:11 PM)


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: MDavid]
      #6243188 - 12/09/13 05:30 PM

Best deal for foam I have found. Their mattress sizes (down to 1 inch thick) are the best deal I believe.

http://www.foambymail.com/


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Stacy]
      #6265783 - 12/21/13 05:54 PM

Just picked me up the case from HD. What a perfect fit! Should've seen the look on the guys face when I told him what it was for?

Edited by Whuppy (12/21/13 10:58 PM)


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Re: Great $60 Case for CPC 1100 new [Re: Whuppy]
      #6265944 - 12/21/13 07:57 PM

I took a C-8 in to Lowe's to test fit on one occasion.
Brian


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