I've recently bought & configured a new Pelican Air case for my 5-inch refractor (Astro-Physics 130 EDF Gran Turismo) .
The original Astro-Physics case that came with the scope was fine for storage, but a bit unwieldily
for transport. The case was 3-feet long with no wheels, and I never did feel comfortable
carrying my telescope around in it. Also, the rings & plates would not fit in the case, so
those had to be carried separately. So, I've been on a lookout for a new case.
The features I was looking for in a telescope case include:
* Padded protection & waterproof
* Wheels & easily transportable to my backyard or to the field
* Enough room to fit the telescope with rings & dovetails attached.
* Extra storage room for accessories, but not too large overall
* Relatively lightweight
I did have a preference for Pelican cases since my Mach 1 & accessories is stored in 2 wheeled Pelican
cases, and I really like them. I've looked at a number of Pelican & Storm cases, and didn't really find
one that was the correct size for my telescope. There were a few candidates, but the cases I've looked
at were either too long or too wide. The foam options I was considering were either pick-n-pluck foam or a
customized foam layout from http://www.mycasebuilder.com/. But, once the foam layout is selected,
I'd be stuck with it, and would have preferred something that was more configurable.
Then I stumbled across a new Pelican case line released this past spring called the "Pelican Air".
The new line came in 6 sizes. and the largest size, the Pelican Air 1615, looked like it would
fit my refractor, with extra room for accessories. It had wheels and weighed only 14 pounds (empty).
Also, there was a Trekpak option which had me intrigued since it allowed for a configurable layout.
So, after a few months, I took the plunge and bought the Pelican Air 1615 with Trekpak. I changed
out the original black handles & latches with orange ones. I also added extra foam padding
around the telescope. Here's the result.
Edited by Rocket Ron, 06 August 2016 - 01:03 PM.