This is my "main" travel setup
The goals I had in mind when made the purchase was to get the closest performances to my 100/900 DL refractor, but in a more convenient "package", to be ble to travel with the telescope without major hassles.
The black bag contains the optica tube, the TT320, and all the visual/photographic accessories, while inside the Astrotrac cylinder are stored the hard pieces.
The telescope can be set up either in alt/az or EQ configuration, and it is suitable for planetary AP, while the mount can be exploited for deep sky AP with photographic lenses (I am waiting for the focal reducer; the Astrotrac probably could handle the reduced M500, but this would be indeed a much more demanding task I have never tried up to now; previous attempts with a 100/740 refractor showed me that the mount could be aligned through its polarscope to attain 60" to 90" subs).
While it could be theoretically traveled by plane (all the items in the black bag can be flown as hand luggage, and the rugged pier checked), it was not a staple requirement, so the whole telescope is quite heavy, having put more emphasis on sturdiness; still I can carry it in a single trip, and without worrying about the path, a fact which was on the other hand, of a certain interest to me.
In the picture is depicted also a Po-Li battery, which is a nice to have but absolutely not required, since the Astrotrac can feed upon AA batteries.
Here is how it looks set up; the large and heavy dewshield is the more troublesome piece, since it can not be place inside the bag, and would be left home if we are not using the car (or if have too much stuff).
The autotracking is very enjoyable for high-power or shared observations, while being basically a manual telescopes ensures the greatest realiability; also, the good "redundancy" of the Astrotrac minimize the risk of finding that a critical piece is lacking and the telescope totally unusable.
Edited by Hesiod, 12 July 2018 - 02:28 PM.