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#1 Rocket Ron

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:12 PM

I've always wanted to have a carry handle on my AP telescopes, and I figured out a way to do it.

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:17 PM

My AP scope has an accessory plate on top, which takes an AP 10-inch slider.  I've been using the slider to attach guidescopes to. 

 

I found a very durable plastic handle that is used as a safety handle for children's playgound equipment.  I was able to attach this handle to the 10-inch slider with 4 screws.

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:19 PM

The slider then slides into the accessory plate on top.  It works great! It handles the weight with no problem.  The total weight of the scope with rings & plates is about 25 pounds. 

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:20 PM

Since my Traveler also has an accessory plate for the same 10-inch slider, the handle works for my Traveler too.

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 02:35 AM

I use the accessory plate as the handeling bar for my Traveler ;)



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 09:12 AM

I use the accessory plate as the handeling bar for my Traveler ;)

 

Yup, that's all I need for my Traveler, too.

 

Over the years, there have been numerous threads here on CN about handles for scopes.  I use electronics rack handles on my scopes. They are anodized aluminum and carry the load quite well.

 

Cheers,

 

Ron

 

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 09:50 AM

I use the accessory plate as the handeling bar for my Traveler ;)

Same here. On larger scopes I have a D plate on the top of the rings serving as the handle.



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 03:17 PM

I use the accessory plate as the handeling bar for my Traveler ;)

 

True.  The Traveler though is compact and light, and really doesn't need a carry handle.  The handle I came up was primarily for my bigger AP 130mm GT, which just also happened to fit on the Traveler.



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Posted 10 July 2016 - 04:44 PM

TEC makes the best handle available, elegant design and not expensive. 9 and 12 inch

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 08:33 PM

Here's where I bought my handles on amazon

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BQYBGM/

 

It comes with 2 handles, 4 wood screws and 4 washers.  I didn't used the included screws and instead used hex screws which I bought at a local hardware store.

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Posted 10 July 2016 - 08:38 PM

I used 4 1/4-inch hex screws and also added 2 wing nuts.  Here's how they were screwed into the slider. The slider is the Astro-Physics Dovetail 10-inch sliding bar (SB1000).

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