How do you transport your LX200?
Posted 13 August 2003 - 07:26 PM
I was looking at a hard case for my soon to be LX200 but they are quit pricey. I saw the soft cases but I want to see how other transport theirs.
Posted 14 August 2003 - 05:49 AM
Posted 14 August 2003 - 11:49 AM
The tripod just lays on its side in the back. My tripod is the Giant model, which is bigger than the one on the 10" (3" legs instead of 2"), and I found it very helpful to make a brace for the legs - a sturdier version of the styrofoam it ships with. I didn't like how the legs sagged and put stress on the top end castings without it. Its a piece of 3/4" particle board cut slightly larger than the diameter of the spreader (11" in my case) and then three equally spaced 'scallops' (circles centred on the edge of the main piece). I place it just at the spot where the bottom castings narrow near the lock knobs and then put a strong rubber bungie (not the elastic kind) just below to hold the whole thing tight. Took only about 1/2 hour to make and now I can carry my tripod horizontally with one hand.
I can post pictures if anyone's interested.
Posted 28 August 2003 - 06:09 PM
I transport my 8" LX200 in a soft case, in the back seat, buckled in. The 8" isn't so hard to manoeuver, so I store it in the seat sitting on it's base, with the axes UNLOCKED so as to allow movement and not damage the bearings. I've done this for 10 years with no damage and the scope still tracks perfectly with no vibration.
Posted 01 September 2003 - 12:13 AM
One slight regret with the hardcase is that it is not exactly precision fitted, and requires a bit of manipulation to get the top seated into the bottom before closing the 4 D-ring latches. One side in particular seems to have a "wave" in it, and overall the plastic winds up feeling flimsy, though not in any of the dimensions that are actually important.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:54 AM
Posted 23 October 2003 - 01:54 PM
'my aching back'
Posted 23 October 2003 - 07:08 PM
Posted 24 October 2003 - 08:18 AM
Posted 24 October 2003 - 02:02 PM
I haven't had the finder scope mounted for the past year and a half. I do have a telrad and use it a lot. It's helpful to know the sky even if you do have goto, and I often let people doing manual finding look through my telrad to assist in their efforts.
Posted 25 October 2003 - 06:27 PM
Posted 01 November 2003 - 11:43 PM
Posted 03 November 2003 - 09:54 AM
On cloudy nights, I like to build models. Now I could buy special nipper pliers to cut the pieces from the plastic for $29.99 or just go down to Radio Shack and pick up the exact same tool for $4.99. It works in the woodworking industry too. For $59.99 you can get a special rubber mat to lay on your workbench to keep your wood from slipping around while you use a router. Or you could go to KMart and pick up a $5 6 foot roll of the same stuff in the housewares section because housewives use it to line the bottom of drawers.
Simply amazing! Thanks Steve... I think I'll pick up one of those cases.
Posted 03 November 2003 - 01:08 PM
Posted 04 November 2003 - 09:54 AM