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#51 Hyacinthus

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 11:54 PM

I bought my first telescope about 6 months ago, the Nexstar 8se, and ended up buying the Pelican 1650 case which fits it very nicely!

 

That being said, I have the original tube + mount boxes with original inserts... plus some leftover Pelican pick-and-pluck foam if anyone wants it.  I'd hate to throw it away and I don't have space for it!  All free of course, just pay for the cost to mail it.

 

Anyway, Cloudy Nights has been a really helpful resource and is much appreciated!!

 

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 09:17 AM

I can confirm that Pelican 1650 case is a good choise for 8SE:

 

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 12:02 PM

Something like this from Home Depot or Walmart and large enough to hold the original packing material will work just fine.

http://www.homedepot...e-FG3A05H2MI...

Would the nexstar 8SE fit in the Sterilite wheeled tote of this dimension using the original packing and the fork and OTA attached together? 31.13 x 17.50 x 13.88 Inches. It looks like it would be a snug fit but for less than $20.00 you almost can't go wrong. Sterilite Footlocker has latches and you can lock it also.



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 08:48 PM

Just here to share my experience with cases for the Celestron Evolution 8 telescope. The JMI case (http://www.canadiant...8-caseevo8.html) appears to be the best on market but is incredibly expensive. I made my own case which seems very secure and you can do the same! I hope to get a duffel bag for the tripod.

 

Step 1: 

- Acquire a box (or luggage, as in my case) that is 28"x21"x12". You can go larger than this, but the closer you are to these dimensions, the better your fit will be.

 

Step 2:

- As with the JMI design, you will want the mount to nest into the optical tube. 

 

Step 3:

- Arrange, using original foam packaging, and add additional foam as needed.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:28 PM

Hi Lift Off,

Neat job.

What case is that you found? Not having any luck finding one that size.

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:36 PM

Thanks kevjl. I've taken my homebrew case out into the field several times and it has performed admirably.

The case is just luggage that I picked up at a discount local store (I live in Toronto). 28 inch luggage is fairly common, so check online retailers or, better yet, go to a store and measure for yourself. A lot of luggage expands, which might help with fit.

 

Good luck!



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:42 PM

Just here to share my experience with cases for the Celestron Evolution 8 telescope. The JMI case (http://www.canadiant...8-caseevo8.html) appears to be the best on market but is incredibly expensive. I made my own case which seems very secure and you can do the same! I hope to get a duffel bag for the tripod.

 

Step 1: 

- Acquire a box (or luggage, as in my case) that is 28"x21"x12". You can go larger than this, but the closer you are to these dimensions, the better your fit will be.

 

Step 2:

- As with the JMI design, you will want the mount to nest into the optical tube. 

 

Step 3:

- Arrange, using original foam packaging, and add additional foam as needed.

Nice, but that thing is HUGE!

 

Jon



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:43 PM

Heres how I store my Evolution 8

 

http://www.cloudynig...on-evolution-8/

 

Lots of photos


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 12:51 PM

 

Just here to share my experience with cases for the Celestron Evolution 8 telescope. The JMI case (http://www.canadiant...8-caseevo8.html) appears to be the best on market but is incredibly expensive. I made my own case which seems very secure and you can do the same! I hope to get a duffel bag for the tripod.

 

Step 1: 

- Acquire a box (or luggage, as in my case) that is 28"x21"x12". You can go larger than this, but the closer you are to these dimensions, the better your fit will be.

 

Step 2:

- As with the JMI design, you will want the mount to nest into the optical tube. 

 

Step 3:

- Arrange, using original foam packaging, and add additional foam as needed.

Nice, but that thing is HUGE!

 

Jon

 

I think the picture would suggest otherwise...

Savings are huge, too!


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 08:31 AM

Has anyone tried the Auriga carry bag? It retails for a reasonable £92, or thereabouts, but only via ebay or direct from BINOSTORE in Italy. Problem is I can't find any pics of the internal layout so I can't tell if you need original foam packing. The internal size (66x42x30) suggests not.

I can't find any details about the makers to contact them.

I notice there are a few astro kit bags by them, all at reasonable prices.



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 10:23 PM

I hope that pelican box 1650 will be big enough to hold my Nexstar Evo 8 and fork arm, I saw the post where it holds the 8SE, but the fork arm is different. has anyone tried to mount the evo8 OTA and fork arm in the Pelican 1650?

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:02 PM

Several hours of measuring, re-measuring, alot of plucking and cutting, lots of sweat and a few choice words and this is what I wound up with. I was able to get the OTA, fork arm, Starsense, RACI finderscope, diagonal, and handheld all tucked in and cozy

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 09:51 PM


Something like this from Home Depot or Walmart and large enough to hold the original packing material will work just fine.

http://www.homedepot...e-FG3A05H2MI...

Would the nexstar 8SE fit in the Sterilite wheeled tote of this dimension using the original packing and the fork and OTA attached together? 31.13 x 17.50 x 13.88 Inches. It looks like it would be a snug fit but for less than $20.00 you almost can't go wrong. Sterilite Footlocker has latches and you can lock it also.
My nexstar 8i fits in that tote on the mount. I ordered foam by mail pluck foam and it is working fine. Here are two pics of my case. One shows a block of foam I put back in after fitting the scope in the case to hold my televue starbeam.

You can see that I had enough room to add storage for a couple of diagonals and some eyepieces.

IMG_1411_zpswirx0fta.jpgAnd here with the starbeam set in.

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Edited by Sioux34, 30 March 2017 - 01:26 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 12:10 PM

Can you say, "Pelican 1630"?

Orion box has the finders Telerad & 9X50 Celestron IRA 90°

Soft bag center has the GPS and scope hand contrller.

Red bag is the power tank & cable.

The dew shield is wrapped around the bottom leg of the tripod.

Eyepiece tray is next to the tripod, 

So everything for the scope is one container, eyepieces carried separate.

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#65 Kayleighk116

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:25 AM

Quite a few great ideas in this post!

That being said, I am leaning towards either the Pelican 1650 or the 1630 for my new Nexstar Evolution 8 HD with the StarSense option.
I will be toting the scope around in an RV and want something sturdy that does not let the scope rattle around too much.

Based on the photos posted, the 1650 seems like a good choice in that it can hold everything but the tripod and I can get it delivered with foam for $236.

The photo of the 1630 peaked my interest because it can fit everything, including the tripod and, possibly the Celestron lens kit as well.  I can get this with the foam for $300, which is about the same cost as the Celestron case.

My dilemma is whether the 1630 will hold everything as “firmly” as the 1650 seems to do.  I like the idea of having everything in one case, but not at the expense of having the scope rattling around on the road.



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:35 AM

I can assure you the 1650 is a tight fit, and the tripod will have to be carried separately. The problem I have is that the weight is 65 lbs. There is no way I can lift the loaded Pelecan into the bed of my pick up or the back seat of the crew cab by myself. It is a 2 person job. I have some nice Husqvarna folding ramps made for loading lawnmowers and one of those are wide enough to roll the Pelican up. 



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 08:47 AM

Thank you Joe.

 

Weight is something I was not thinking about and something I should have thought of.  I will be moving the scope by myself, so putting everything in one big case would not be an option. 

 

I will be going with the 1650 for sure.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:54 PM

Thanks everyone...  I looked at this thread prior to purchasing my evolution 8....

 

For me, i preferred separate cases.  I live in a high rise apartment and  have a little coupe..

 

I wanted something that i could transport easily through my hallway and could place in my trunk.  Additionally, I liked the idea of keeping the boxes horizontal (worried about rotating a suitcase from vertical to horizontal each time i tried to slide it into the trunk).  

 

I looked at the modular toolbox options.

 

I looked at several options and really liked the dimensions of the Dewalt tough system ..  https://www.homedepo...03130/300702772

 

The handle however measured too high for the trunk of my car.

 

I ended up using the Ridgid system https://www.amazon.c...n/dp/B0174NP7JE   ... a little cheaper at HD than amazon.

 

So far, i've been pretty happy... I was really hoping i could just place the original foam in there, but that would have been too easy.  It was just too big.. i've settled on a pillows and mattress toppers to provide some insulation and will be trying to make it a bit neater.

 

 

Any suggestions would be welcome.   Thanks to everyone who contributes... this is such a wonderful resource and community for those of us just getting into this wonderful hobby.

 

 

 

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:59 PM

couple more pictures ... suggestions welcome.. Not really sure what the best thing to do for eyepieces is.

 

thanks again.

 

 

 

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Posted 30 June 2020 - 09:15 AM

Got my Evolution 8 last week and found your solution for a cost-effective carry case. Worked out really well. Brilliant suggestion.

 

Just here to share my experience with cases for the Celestron Evolution 8 telescope. The JMI case (http://www.canadiant...8-caseevo8.html) appears to be the best on market but is incredibly expensive. I made my own case which seems very secure and you can do the same! I hope to get a duffel bag for the tripod.

 

Step 1: 

- Acquire a box (or luggage, as in my case) that is 28"x21"x12". You can go larger than this, but the closer you are to these dimensions, the better your fit will be.

 

Step 2:

- As with the JMI design, you will want the mount to nest into the optical tube. 

 

Step 3:

- Arrange, using original foam packaging, and add additional foam as needed.

 

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Posted 25 August 2020 - 10:56 AM

Hi all

 

Do you think this would work with the 8SE and the foam inserts that it came with...?

 

https://www.amazon.c...53&sr=8-51&th=1

 

I'm really keen to get this sorted so I can take my scope out. 



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Posted 02 September 2020 - 05:51 AM

I found an excellent case for the 6SE/8SE mount from Amazon UK and it fits perfectly... https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

https://ibb.co/KwFJCdC
https://ibb.co/TMPc236




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