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#151 Optics Patent

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:38 AM

My understanding is that they are approaching a transition to the Pelican you see here. In black.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 02:35 PM

That would be very sad, the leather case is part of the Questar mystique. If it's only a Pelican case, it makes Questar just seem like everything else, more ordinary. I would never keep a Questar inside a Pelican-type case 24/7, I have seen too many cases of moldy optics from doing that. People don't add desiccant, or they forget to recharge it, and the scope just sits sealed up inside the foam. At least the leather case breathes.

 

I think the Pelican is the champion for any kind of transportation (as long as moisture is handled appropriately which it sounds like everyone here is doing) and the leather is better for storage and looks nicer (to me), but everyone is different and I hope there are options available to meet everyone's needs.

 

If a used Questar only had a Pelican case, I probably wouldn't buy it, I would wait for one with the leather case to come along and buy that instead. Optimal would be if it came with both types of cases though.

 

My understanding is that they are approaching a transition to the Pelican you see here. In black.


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Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:05 PM

I believe that the problem finding anyone to supply the traditional case.

I predict that wide availability of Pelican cases will lead to increasing availability of older leather cases, so you should have an easier time finding them. I can report that I recently sold a Questar and the buyer opted to pay extra to upgrade to a Pelican from a good but repaired leather original case.

I can add that Questar apparently plans to offer the Q5 in a Pelican as well. Which is consistent with how many Questar Field models were cased in recent decades.
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Posted 06 September 2019 - 05:12 PM

Received the new foam cutout for the Q3.5 50th with PG2 - fits perfectly - many thanks!

 

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 01:17 PM

Seems that the Pelican case with optics patent custom designed inlay is a truly wonderful addition for any standard Questar 3.5. My own Duplex 3.5 Powerguide II not so sure.

 

Searching for an alternative, I aquired an italian made Explorer 4419 tough case from ebay. Inside dimensions 445x345x190mm. Seems there may be just a tad bit more room to store my Duplex. Standard Explorer 4419 soft foam insert doesn´t cut it, though. I am missing rigidity to stand rough airport handling. Could the much stiffer optics patent designed hard foam insert for Pelican be adapted to fit my Explorer case? Thanks for your help!

 

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 12:01 PM

OPTICS, when do you suppose the next order for Questar Standard Pelican Cases will be prepared? Just curioua

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 01:35 PM

Any time, soon.  I have about 8 on the list and need 10.

Those interested should DM me with their email address.


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:27 PM

Great! I'm finding more limitations to the stock leather(ette) case.

You should have me on the waiting list. If I'm not there, DM me.

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:33 PM

Good case for a hurricane--- other than that??



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Posted 08 September 2019 - 03:41 PM

Probably one of the best cases available for transportation, but I personally wouldn't want to store a Q inside one for long periods of time unless I used quite a bit of desiccant and re-charged it monthly. That's just me though, I get really worried about mold/fungus after seeing so many Questars damaged by moisture/growth. 

 

 

Good case for a hurricane--- other than that??


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Posted 08 September 2019 - 05:03 PM

I also would not use for storing a Q, only for like I said super bad weather.



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Posted 12 September 2019 - 12:44 PM

I think the operative word in the thread title is Travel. The standard leather luggage case for every thing else.

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 01:46 PM

I'm a fan of the leather case, and also of the Pelican.

 

I'll make the technical argument that a sealed case might feel risky for issues of humidity and corrosion, but in fact is the safest.  But ONLY IF one uses proper desiccants and maintains them.  I have done dozens of experiments with desiccant and different cases, and the desiccant in any sealed Pelican type case lasts essentially forever, and the leather cases end up at ambient in short order (weeks or months). Most ambient is fine as we dehumidify with AC as needed (and desiccate with winter heat).  But if one is SURE that the desiccant is good then a closed Pelican is a great long-term storage solution.

 

Of course, the "put away wet" risk for a Pelican is far worse, and may compromise desiccant.  There's a good case to be made to have a spare fresh desiccant pack in the storage of the Pelican, just in case. 


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 02:58 PM

"There's a good case to be made to have a spare fresh desiccant pack in the storage of the Pelican, just in case."

 

That is exactly what I have done. Although 7 weeks of wet weather has meant I have yet to need to use the spare dessiccant. Like you say the original seems to last forever in a sealed Pelican case.



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Posted 12 September 2019 - 07:11 PM

I’m noting several well placed puns in the previous two posts! ;)


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:28 AM

well spotted Terra....good effort Ben


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:21 PM

Hooray! I got the Pelican Travel Case yesterday and I'm 99% thrilled with it. First class job of design and excellent materials. It will make field use much easier. 99% you say? I have a minor issue with lenscap-to-foam clearance (or friction?) and it is difficult to put in and remove with the screw-on lenscap installed. As I've read in this thread. I'm thinking that a solution would be to remove the thick piece of foam from the case and very carefully cut about 1/16-to-1/8" of foam from the lens-side.of the foam with a long fillet knife. I think that a hot-wire styrofoam cutter could work, but I don't know how that would work with this dense foam. Otherwise, it's good...

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 08:58 PM

Here is the FirstLook of the custom Questar Pelican AIR case:QuestarCase_FillingUp.jpg

http://rainydaymagaz...case-firstlook/


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:47 PM

I'm interested in purchasing one of these cases for my 1959 Questar telescope. They look amazing.



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Posted 09 October 2019 - 10:03 AM

Is the case supposed to come with a foam cover on the storage compartment under the legs? My case didn't have that foam cover piece.

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 07:13 PM

“Snug as a Bug in a Rug!”

 

Love this case with custom foam . . . It will be a pleasure to travel with it . . . Thanks Ben waytogo.gif

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 06:24 PM

<p>My 1959 Questar telescope has a new travel/storage case!<br />
Pelican case with custom cut foam insert. I feel much better packing and traveling with my telescope now.</p>
<p>The original leather case has seen better days. I will store it away to try and prevent any more damage to it.</p>

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