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#1 agmoonsolns

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 02:09 AM

Has anyone found any good cases originally used for other telescopes that also work with their Takahashi telescopes? I have a TSA-120 and the FC-100DL and currently trying to find some good cases for them. Will any of the cases for the Chinese 120mm refractors like for the Sky-Watcher work? Can they be purchased alone? Any other ideas or suggestions for protective cases? 



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 02:19 AM

I use the aluminum case from an ED100 for my Tak FC-100. Some modification (mainly cutting and moving some parts of the foam inserts) was needed, but it works fine. I only use the case for storage and for moving the telescope to my yard, not long-distance transport. The cases are available individually here from TS: https://www.teleskop...ny-4--APOs.html


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Posted 18 November 2018 - 02:28 AM

Looks perfect, thank you! Are there any dealers in the US selling these?



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 03:15 AM

Looks perfect, thank you! Are there any dealers in the US selling these?

I haven't been able to find any. I got mine from TS in Germany. If you google around maybe you'll have more luck than me finding one in the US.


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Posted 18 November 2018 - 03:34 AM

Geoptik has options in soft cases. For instance, the

 

https://www.teleskop...cal-length.html

 

fits my FSQ-85ED without a diagonal attached, as well as my FS-60Q. There are longer and alternative configuration options and TS sells many:

 

Geoptik is the last vendor on this page:

https://www.teleskop...cal-length.html

 

Zippers are water repellent, fabric too, and these cases are padded with dense internal foam.

 

Phil


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Posted 18 November 2018 - 03:46 AM

I'll check out the soft cases. At least they're easier to ship. :-) I just need something for storage to keep it safe and dust free. I am getting so desperate, I might just buy a large leather storage ottoman from Overstock. Free shipping and only about $115 (everything is going on sale right now).



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 04:18 AM

a good rifle soft case will serve your DL superb, also you can line the mag pouches with Ep’s and a diagonal all in a very light safe package. I use mine like that and it is great to just roll and be ready to go from the same case.

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 01:53 PM

There are some Tenba soft cases that work very well. I have my FCT-100 in one that I got from B&H photo. Tenba used to make specific cases for the Tak scopes as well.  



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 06:15 PM

Stellarvue sells a series of cases that are almost like a cross between a soft case and hard case. When I had a TSA-120, I kept it in the C130L case, which is 36X8X8 inside. It held the scope with rings, dovetail and diagonal all attached.

The smaller C9S case would work well for any of the 4-inch Takahashi scopes.
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 06:41 PM

Made by local carpenter according to plan:

 

https://www.bilder-h...w9s-1x-8e6e.jpg

 

Since such a wooden case is not fully airtight it soon dries out after a wet night and scope within remains like new for decades. 

 

Proof:  Above scope still looks like (and despite being 26 years old actually is) new outside as well as (when scrutinized from the front in strongest flashlight) inside. 


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Posted 18 November 2018 - 11:27 PM

Not exactly what you were looking for but I like these HPRC cases for refractor travel cases: http://www.hprc.it/e..._hprc6300w.html

There are three different lengths for them.


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Posted 18 November 2018 - 11:48 PM

Wow, those are really impressive!



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Posted 18 November 2018 - 11:59 PM

I use their cases for accessories and have a travel cases for my SV80 and accessories when away from home. So far the airlines have not been able to damage anything.

 

 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:02 AM

HPRC resin cases with foam inside are always my selection for refractors.

http://www.hprc.it/en/cases/


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:16 AM

Wow, you all, beautiful cases!



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:17 AM

I love the wood case, it's a perfect fit.

 

Made by local carpenter according to plan:

 

https://www.bilder-h...w9s-1x-8e6e.jpg

 

Since such a wooden case is not fully airtight it soon dries out after a wet night and scope within remains like new for decades. 

 

Proof:  Above scope still looks like (and despite being 26 years old actually is) new outside as well as (when scrutinized from the front in strongest flashlight) inside. 



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:21 AM

my suggestion goes to the sra case i use for my 2 4” refractors....

https://www.cloudyni...r-4-refractors/


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:54 AM

Wow, thanks guys, lots of great choices now!

 

The one on Amazon for $88 is hard to beat!

 

The Tenba at $130 is pretty nice too:

 

https://www.bhphotov...J-i_D_BwE&smp=Y

 

and a 46" version:

 

https://www.bhphotov...KGzPD_BwE&smp=Y



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:56 AM

The Road Cases at $179 are pretty nice too:

 

https://www.roadcase...-cases-3-sizes/



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 12:58 AM

Here's the link to the Stellarview cases ($199):

 

https://www.stellarv...0mm-refractors/



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 06:32 AM

I use Tenba TTP34 for my FC100DF

 

fc100df & tenba case.jpg


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 10:03 AM

Stellarvue sells a series of cases that are almost like a cross between a soft case and hard case. When I had a TSA-120, I kept it in the C130L case, which is 36X8X8 inside. It held the scope with rings, dovetail and diagonal all attached.

The smaller C9S case would work well for any of the 4-inch Takahashi scopes.

I second this recommendation.  I kept my former TSA-120 in a Stellarvue C130L case.  Heavily padded and rugged design - durable ballistic nylon and hefty zippers.



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 10:57 AM

Wow, thanks guys, lots of great choices now!

 

The one on Amazon for $88 is hard to beat!

 

The Tenba at $130 is pretty nice too:

 

https://www.bhphotov...J-i_D_BwE&smp=Y

 

and a 46" version:

 

https://www.bhphotov...KGzPD_BwE&smp=Y

 

Do the Tenba cases have straps on the inside?

 

Thank you!

 

Heywood



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Posted 19 November 2018 - 11:51 AM

I use the Vixen telescope bag #35655 for my FC-100DL. Use the two included neoprene bags to protect the top and bottom of the tube from the zipper.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 02:22 PM

The Sky-Watcher cases can be ordered from customer support for $172 plus shipping (and tax if you're in CA).




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