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Pinbout
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: starrancher]
      #6107993 - 09/29/13 06:28 PM

I designed it to fit on a bike



still haven't tried the real bike...



but I'm ok with it in the front seat.



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Jeff Morgan
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6108375 - 09/29/13 10:44 PM

Wow!

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Dan Watt
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: Jeff Morgan]
      #6110419 - 10/01/13 12:24 AM

Gave the Volvo to my younger brother (hes about to finish High School and he just got his license and got myself a 1985 Toyota Pickup 4x4. It was actually my fathers, he had bought it new in 1985 and never once took it off road. Several years ago the transmission gave out, paint was faded, and a blown head gasket meant it went into the garage when he bought a new truck. He finally got sick of it taking up space so I took it off his hands. Fixed everything up and painted it myself (I work in the autobody industry which has a few perks I guess) and now I'm taking it anywhere it will go, and nothing has stopped it yet. I can easily sleep in the back with the girlfriend and it holds all my gear with no complaints.



Drove it to the top of Santiago Peak a few nights ago, surprised I could easily see the Milky Way. A marine layer had come in and covered up Orange County and LA so it was nice and dark up there.

I'm going to spend a week in early November out in Death Valley for imaging and lots of off roading, should be interesting.


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Jeff Morgan
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6115501 - 10/03/13 03:57 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

I came across something I have found to be very useful - a Yakima Skybox. Yes, it only adds 12 cubic feet of storage and Yes, all the stuff already fits in my car.

The beauty of this is lockable portable storage. I can have most of my observing kit stored on a semi-permanent basis. (Truss tubes, chair, two eyepiece cases, gel cel, toolbox, wheelbarrow handles, Argo Navis/ServoCAT controllers, charts, and cold weather clothing.)

On observing night (which always seems to come at the end of a busy day) I am 90% packed. Likewise, after the session is over there is almost no unpacking to do. I just unhook the trailer and roll into the garage. Catch a little sleep and I'm ready for the next session.


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Jeff Morgan
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: Jeff Morgan]
      #6115505 - 10/03/13 03:58 PM Attachment (9 downloads)

Another view of the box. Still working on the most efficient packing arrangement. On the clothing, I'll probably just keep the observing vest and the snow pants in the box (the only use I have for these is observing.) The parka and wool sweater (aka "the wooly mammoth) will get moved back into the house as they consume a lot of volume.

Edited by Jeff Morgan (10/03/13 04:02 PM)


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lbsgville
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: starrancher]
      #6123257 - 10/07/13 06:01 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

I have a lot of stuff! After I got this trailer and the wife and I redid it I had to fill it up so nothing would flop around right. Her is a before shot.

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lbsgville
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: lbsgville]
      #6123261 - 10/07/13 06:03 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

and after

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lbsgville
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: lbsgville]
      #6123265 - 10/07/13 06:04 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

fully loaded

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lbsgville
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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: lbsgville]
      #6123279 - 10/07/13 06:09 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

After I hit a cow at 60 mpr in my 01 Altima I got a proper towing unit, a pathfinder. I also use the back as a work station. I built a wood deck to put in place where the roll-up hide a cover goes. There is also a power outlet in the back so I can plug in the laptop.

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Re: Vehicles Use for Transporting Telescope Equipment new [Re: lbsgville]
      #6124295 - 10/08/13 08:27 AM

The back of my hauler.



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