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dhaval
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Hard case for Orion Atlas mount
      #4402835 - 02/21/11 11:22 PM

I just received my new Atlas mount! It is huge - the big thing for me is going to be - how do I store it and move it to my backyard. I have been looking at various Pelican cases - I like the 1650 one, but that case by itself weighs 35lbs and the mount weighs around 56lbs. I don't want to be pulling around about 100lbs - what other options do I have? I do need a hard case (unlike the Orion padded soft cases) and won't mind the Pelican 1550 or even the 1600, but the drawback for those is that they don't have an extension handle to pull the case.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Dhaval


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RTLR 12
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Re: Hard case for Orion Atlas mount new [Re: dhaval]
      #4402893 - 02/21/11 11:58 PM

The Atlas mount weighs 56 lbs. including the tripod. I think the mount head weighs 39 lbs. The #1600 Pelican only weighs 16 lbs. I keep my CGEM in a #1600 Pelican and use a hand truck for wheels if I don't feel like carrying it. Total weight of mine is 57 lbs.

Stan


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AstroGabe
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Re: Hard case for Orion Atlas mount new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #4402920 - 02/22/11 12:15 AM Attachment (75 downloads)

I keep mine in a Pelican 1600 too. It's a tad heavy, and sometimes wish I had wheels for it. That said, it's not bad to carry it a short distance. I also have a 1650 which has wheels as you mentioned for my AT8RC, but think it might be too big for it.

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AstroGabe
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Re: Hard case for Orion Atlas mount new [Re: AstroGabe]
      #4402931 - 02/22/11 12:24 AM

By the way, my mount arrangement in the Pelican 1600 is based off an earlier post

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RAKing
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Re: Hard case for Orion Atlas mount new [Re: AstroGabe]
      #4403244 - 02/22/11 07:38 AM Attachment (66 downloads)

My old Atlas was quite comfortable in a Pelican 1600 case and it got shipped around the world a couple of times with no problems. The last I heard, it's new owner was in Morocco.

It's a good combo.

Ron


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dhaval
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Re: Hard case for Orion Atlas mount new [Re: RAKing]
      #4403638 - 02/22/11 11:48 AM

All - thanks for your advice - much appreciated.

I think I will settle on Pelican 1600.

Thanks,
Dhaval


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