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#1 dtran1968

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 07:36 PM

One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today,  I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 08:17 PM

NICE!!!!



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Posted 22 January 2017 - 08:23 PM

What does that thing weigh ??!!



#4 Phil Cowell

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 08:24 PM

One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today,  I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case

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Where did you get the case? Do you have a sku #?



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Posted 22 January 2017 - 09:43 PM

What does that thing weigh ??!!

About 70lbs total (Mount head + two 11lbs weight)



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Posted 22 January 2017 - 09:43 PM

 

One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today,  I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case

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Where did you get the case? Do you have a sku #?

 

http://www.homedepot...usky 35 in. box



#7 Phil Cowell

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 12:18 AM

 

 

One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today,  I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case

attachicon.gifFB_IMG_1485131426733.jpg

attachicon.gifFB_IMG_1485131417602.jpg

Where did you get the case? Do you have a sku #?

 

http://www.homedepot...usky 35 in. box

 

Thanks.



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:15 AM

I love it, and cheap too :)



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:29 AM

One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today, I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case
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Great ideal, question when you pick it up. Does the mount head bang around. Hit the top of the case? Or do you have a piece of padding you put over it as well. I ask because I have the cgx and looking for a storage solution and this is by far the cheapest best way to do it. It looks nice in there. Snug as a bug!!

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 03:42 PM

 

One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today, I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case
FB_IMG_1485131426733.jpg
FB_IMG_1485131417602.jpg


Great ideal, question when you pick it up. Does the mount head bang around. Hit the top of the case? Or do you have a piece of padding you put over it as well. I ask because I have the cgx and looking for a storage solution and this is by far the cheapest best way to do it. It looks nice in there. Snug as a bug!!

 

The mount head does not bang around at all. I had to cut part of the inside of the lid for it to close due to the knob sticking up high, please see attach picture

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:05 PM


One of my local Astronomy club members idea. Just got it done today, I had to cut the side of the foam you fit in the case
FB_IMG_1485131426733.jpg
FB_IMG_1485131417602.jpg

Great ideal, question when you pick it up. Does the mount head bang around. Hit the top of the case? Or do you have a piece of padding you put over it as well. I ask because I have the cgx and looking for a storage solution and this is by far the cheapest best way to do it. It looks nice in there. Snug as a bug!!
The mount head does not bang around at all. I had to cut part of the inside of the lid for it to close due to the knob sticking up high, please see attach picture
CGX_CaseLid.jpg

Awesome going to pick one up tmr, thanks so much exactly what I was looking for!!

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 01:43 PM

I own the CGX-L and I just got a rubbermaid like tote for the mount.  I put a layer of 3" foam in the bottom and I have a strip of 3" foam I put between it and the lid. No wheels but a lot less expensive than the Husky solution.  Also if you have the wheels you should create or buy some ramps for your vehicle to allow you to roll the cases up so you don't injure your backs.


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 05:36 PM

Hi Folks,

 

This thread hasn't been active for a while but I thought I'd add a much lighter option (similar to what Glutch mentioned above) that I've decided on. What I've got is a ten dollar 17 gallon storage tote (available at Home Depot under the brand name "HDX" or at Lowe's as "Commander"). As you can see, the weights are separate and the "case" is light-weight. I don't figure riding in my car (even on a dirt road) that the mount needs anything like the amount of protection it needs for shipping--and it's not an optical instrument in any case so I went for minimal padding under the part that contains the electronics (one 3 inch-thick square of foam from a local craft/sewing store) and just let the heavy base sit right on the bottom of the tote. With the mount head in the tote, the whole thing weighs only minimally more than the mount head itself and the price is definitely minimal. I often transport heavy items like this on a collapsible hand truck (when the terrain permits). The counterweights can be moved around separately--or, if I m using the hand truck, they can ride on the lid.

 

If I have to carry things, I don't want the individual pieces to strain my 60-year-old, skinny-guy back. The trade-off between injury and setup time, to me, is always in favor of more trips from the car with not-too-heavy items. So, the counterweights (for now) just sit in their boxes and can be moved separately if they have to be carried any distance. I'd like to have a nice wide but flattish plastic box to carry them in, but haven't found anything that fits the bill. The weights for another of my mounts fit nicely (in their foam cocoons) in an old computer keyboard/accessories box, but it's getting pretty hammered, but it sits nicely on the hand truck and is the perfect shape--I just need a slightly larger one for the CGX's weights or to eliminate some of the padding. I also use the hand truck for moving around the 152mm refractor, whose case you can see in the background of the 2nd picture (next item in thread), at the back left. But, I want everything to be easy to get from the car to the hand truck, ideally, or something I can carry a decent distance if necessary. (If I have to carry the scope any distance, I take it out of the case or get a friend to  take the handle on the other end.)

 

At any rate, there's a light-weight, low-cost option for anyone who is trying to figure out how to store and transport their CGX.

 

John

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 05:40 PM

CGX in storage tote on hand truck.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:29 PM

You don’t have to use the inserts from the CGX shipping box in the Husky roller case.  There is a slot in each side into which an appropriate length board will fit snugly.  Add some foam and the case offers good protection for the mount.  I just dropped the foam inserts for the counterweights in.  Note, there is an additional 17 lb. counterweight in the picture.  The advantage of this approach is that you don’t have to cut down the shipping foam.  

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 04:26 PM

Here is what my CGX-L mount looks like in the same Home Depot Husky rolling toolbox.  I cut down the foam to fit.  I bought some 2" thick firm charcoal foam for the top and fits perfectly.  The shipping foam (white closed-cell dense foam) top is 3" thick, so it wouldn't fit.  As you can see, there isn't enough room for the 22# counterweight(s). Believe me, you wouldn't want to lift it either if they were in there, as it is quite heavy without it.  Unlike one of the other posters who said he had to cut the lid to fit it, I didn't have to do anything of the kind, and the 2" foam I added on top fits fine.

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 07:40 PM

Here is what my CGX-L mount looks like in the same Home Depot Husky rolling toolbox.  I cut down the foam to fit.  I bought some 2" thick firm charcoal foam for the top and fits perfectly.  The shipping foam (white closed-cell dense foam) top is 3" thick, so it wouldn't fit.  As you can see, there isn't enough room for the 22# counterweight(s). Believe me, you wouldn't want to lift it either if they were in there, as it is quite heavy without it.  Unlike one of the other posters who said he had to cut the lid to fit it, I didn't have to do anything of the kind, and the 2" foam I added on top fits fine.

I've been looking for a solution to carry my CGX-L, for the rare occasion that I take it down. That looks awesome.




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