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#1 GR1973

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:44 AM

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Where do you put and secure your Q case in your car for trip to dark sky ? Do you use the seat belts?

The road would be unpaved and bumby.

#2 Erik Bakker

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:25 AM

Preferably in the passenger seat and locked in the seat belt, alternatively in the back seat in the seat belt. Safely stowed away in it's case of course waytogo.gif


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#3 munirocks

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:25 AM

Because seat belts have built-in slack (until they are locked by sudden braking) and let items tip sideways very easily I'd put a luggage strap around the case and seat back (as well as the seat belt) to make sure the case is firmly held in the seat all the time. I wouldn't feel secure without it.



#4 Mike Allen

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 09:10 AM

I wrap the scope case in a blanket and strap it in the front seat with the seat belt.  Short section of rope tied around the seat back and case.  Tristand  tripod is wrapped in a blanket below on the floor.  Tristand head in a cardboard box.

 

 



#5 Mike E.

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 12:24 PM

When I travel with our standard Questar, I put a four inch thick piece of foam with a hole in it over the objective end to help protect against a sudden jarring movement within the case. Then usually the case is put on a pillow in an ice chest on the passenger side floor of the Audi or in the trunk if I am not alone.

 

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#6 David Illig

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 11:29 AM

Hi

Where do you put and secure your Q case in your car for trip to dark sky ? Do you use the seat belts?

The road would be unpaved and bumby.

In its case on a pillow on the floor, front seat or back, depending on expediency. This has worked for me on-road and off since I bought my Q in 1982. 



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Posted 27 January 2019 - 12:49 PM

Question:  Has anyone ever had a Questar sustain damage while in its case?

 

I've seen internal and external damage from toppled tripods, and damaged cases, but never damage to a cased scope.

 

That said, I still baby my babies as much as possible, and look forward to a modern case for travel.


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