Refractor newbie looking for a scope that can fly
Posted 26 October 2003 - 03:45 PM
Posted 26 October 2003 - 04:47 PM
Though probably checked luggage is too much hassle and too heavy to be carrying around an airport and where ever else your travels take you.
I don't have any experiance with these scopes. If you want something really light you could get some good binoculars. Handy to take on business trips or whatever. But if you are flying for the sake of astronomy or leisure than yeah you'd want something more powerful.
Posted 29 October 2003 - 03:14 PM
1 - carry on luggage
That limits it to the small ETXs and NExstars. (the carry case for th 5" models is just at the size limit for carry on luggage, and loaded witht the scope inside it's about 20lbs). Avoid GEM mounted scope (even if the mount is not carried on, favor a fork mount) as there the mount is very heavy compared to the OTA. As for refractors, only the shorter tubes (20" - 22") can be true carry on, unless you know the flight will not be too crowded.
2 - checked luggage: Dobs rule!
(did it once with improper equipment, once with the right one)
step1: go to Golf World. Buy one the bags to carry golf bags inside: they cost about 100€, are padded, and offer an inside volume of about 10x10x50"
step2: buy a Dob that will fit in there (with some extra foam as golf clubs are more resistant than scopes!), you should fit in a 6" or maybe even an 8" (but then you don't have room for extra padding). I did it with my (quite heavy) 6" mak-newt on a homemade Dob mount. The bag was in the 40 lbs. range but I made the trip a few times without extra charge.
Step 3 - the fun part is you pass security, and when the guy asks suspiciously what you are carrying around (he will see it's heavier than a golf bag), act surpised and say "well, it's a telescope, funny you should ask"!
I think that once you made the choice of checking the scope, the Dob is a good choice as you don't have a heavy mount, they are rugged and cheap meaning you don't have to worry much, and the setup is instant wherever you are in the world. Drawback is you are 99% sure you will have to recollimate.
In my case, with the Mak-newtonian, I had bought the OTA alone, and had made two dobsonian mounts - a heavy and stable one for home, and a light one for travel.
Hope this helps, and does not just make you worry some more!
Posted 29 October 2003 - 03:36 PM
Posted 29 October 2003 - 04:34 PM
Posted 29 October 2003 - 10:50 PM
Otherwise, the orion 80mmED would be a sweet one for that.