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#1 kim.davis

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:20 PM

I recently purchased a soft case to store my 150 MAK, Meade LX70 M6, identical to other Synta 150 Make (SW/Orion). I was initially looking for a hard case but the cost became too high, due to the size of the OTA. 

 

This is the one I got:

https://www.walmart....IMAXX/773207855

 

 

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OTA with its winter clothes (reflectix)

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Clear skies,


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 03:01 PM

Nice case.

 

You may wish to add some Desiccant Dehumidifiers inside the case.


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 03:41 PM

Great idea, beats spending $70 on the Orion one.

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 03:28 PM

This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks just ordered it!


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:09 AM

I guess you can remove the inner storage pockets shown in one of the pictures?

 

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:46 AM

I bought the same case for my 150mm Mak!


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:37 PM

I guess you can remove the inner storage pockets shown in one of the pictures?

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Yes, I used them as extra paddings.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:38 AM

Dewalt case for Orion 150mm MC
 

I use a Dewalt tool box from Home Depot... just add some padding.

 

https://www.homedepo...24082/202710560


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:52 AM

I use a Dewalt tool box from Home Depot... just add some padding.

 

https://www.homedepo...24082/202710560

I have 2 of these. The great thing about these is they have a moistureproof seal in the lid and a tray for smaller items.

 

In one I keep my 20yr-old Orion ST80 with 2" focuser upgrade, Stellarvue M1V mount head, a solar filter, some eyepieces, diagonal, and a rechargeable dessicant. I use the mount head on a carbon fiber camera tripod hand-me-down from my wife.

 

In the other I keep my 20yr-old ETX90 Mak, Skywatcher AZ-GTi mount head, a solar filter, some eyepieces, diagonal, and a rechargeable dessicant. I use that mount head on the tripod and pier that came with it.

 

Of course, if I was using it for a 150 Mak there wouldn't be room for all those extras. There are some larger models of this brand that might work though and they also have the moistureproof seal and tray.


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 03:25 PM

Ditto with the "Voyager" 22 inch (plus some foam) from Harbor Freight - $13.00.

 

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:50 AM

Lot of good options out there. I just went to the local market and picked up a padded "gym" bag. Maybe $10? Added foam for free. 


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 05:49 PM

A lot of great ideas!

 

I prefer the soft case over plastic tool cases. It's not fragile, easy to carry-on without hands. That case comes with a shoulder strap which makes convenient, hand-free, especially when moving it remotely. It's just my preference. For those whom use the scope mostly in the backyard, it won't make any difference though.

 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:15 PM

Kim - where did you find this bag and what size Mak/SCT would it hold?  I too prefer padded bags to hard cases. Oh, yes - what was the cost?

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:38 PM

Hi Frank, please follow the link in post #1. I bought it at walmart.com at $25 with free shipping.

Of course it's not a premium case but it does what it should do.

I can put my synta 150 mak with 2 inch visual back without a problem. It can hold wider OTA. I am not sure how long c8 is but it may hold it too.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:33 PM

Thanks - and sorry for not noticing that in your first post.  Reading too many I guess (or maybe my age - arrgh!)

 

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Posted 30 September 2019 - 11:01 PM

Thanks, both I think would work for my ES 152 Mak, tube and focuser 19”, but with the dovetail and attached rings I need 11” deep, but could rotate the tube inside the bag/case so the max height isn’t at 12:00, handle and dovetail are in opposition.



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Posted 06 October 2019 - 11:45 AM

E708A473-605D-42B9-B300-1066B31FE5F2.jpeg Here’s what I found at HD, Husky 26” toolbox, $14.99  using the shipping foam cradles on the bottom, keeps it from moving around.


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Posted 07 October 2019 - 10:43 AM

I found that this bag is also a good size for an 127mm S-W Mak plus extras: besides the Mak, the bag has room for the 2' diagonal, eyepieces, finder scope, Telrad, and SkyWatcher AZ-GTI mount head and pier. I think this could make for an airline compatible package. Put a carbon fiber tripod in the suitcase, and you should be good to go.

 

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Posted 09 April 2020 - 03:07 PM

I recently purchased a soft case to store my 150 MAK, Meade LX70 M6, identical to other Synta 150 Make (SW/Orion). I was initially looking for a hard case but the cost became too high, due to the size of the OTA. 

 

This is the one I got:

https://www.walmart....IMAXX/773207855

 

 

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OTA with its winter clothes (reflectix)

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Clear skies,

I just went and ordered this for my same mak as well. Price was too nice and seems to fit nicely thanks to your pictures. 


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Posted 15 April 2020 - 03:00 PM

Thanks for posting Kim. This is a really nice case for this scope. 

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 10:17 PM

Thanks Kim! Just ordered mine!
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Posted 16 October 2020 - 10:17 PM

Thanks Kim! Just ordered mine!

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 06:49 AM

Kim,

Could I hijack this thread for a moment and ask about the reflectrix mod for your 150s “winter clothes?”

I just ordered an Orion (Synta) 150mm Mak. (And your Walmart case). I did so with trepidation when I began learning about the temperature issues of the Maks in colder temps. But I was convinced they would be manageable. I’m wondering how one decides whether to use the reflectix, and how to use it.

I plan on using this scope mostly while car camping, though there will be occasional “drive to dark sky location” moments as well. When I’m at camp, I’d be able to set the scope up outside hours before the seeing begins. Presumably I wouldn't need it then?

Alternatively, if I’m driving somewhere that might cause the scope to warm to room (car) temperature, that’s when I need the reflectrix. Do I have this right? How long should I plan on letting the scope come down to temperature (say 40 degrees) with it’s winter coat on? What does the reflectrix do? Speed up the cooling process through conduction?

Sorry again for the hikack. But since so many of you have the same scope as I’m getting I figured this would be a good place to ask.

Best,

Don

I recently purchased a soft case to store my 150 MAK, Meade LX70 M6, identical to other Synta 150 Make (SW/Orion). I was initially looking for a hard case but the cost became too high, due to the size of the OTA.

This is the one I got:
https://www.walmart....IMAXX/773207855


20190810_114016.jpg

20190810_114039.jpg

OTA with its winter clothes (reflectix)
20190810_114249.jpg


Clear skies,



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 08:19 AM

Kim,

Could I hijack this thread for a moment and ask about the reflectrix mod for your 150s “winter clothes?”

I just ordered an Orion (Synta) 150mm Mak. (And your Walmart case). I did so with trepidation when I began learning about the temperature issues of the Maks in colder temps. But I was convinced they would be manageable. I’m wondering how one decides whether to use the reflectix, and how to use it.

I plan on using this scope mostly while car camping, though there will be occasional “drive to dark sky location” moments as well. When I’m at camp, I’d be able to set the scope up outside hours before the seeing begins. Presumably I wouldn't need it then?

Alternatively, if I’m driving somewhere that might cause the scope to warm to room (car) temperature, that’s when I need the reflectrix. Do I have this right? How long should I plan on letting the scope come down to temperature (say 40 degrees) with it’s winter coat on? What does the reflectrix do? Speed up the cooling process through conduction?

Sorry again for the hikack. But since so many of you have the same scope as I’m getting I figured this would be a good place to ask.

Best,

Don

I recently purchased a soft case to store my 150 MAK, Meade LX70 M6, identical to other Synta 150 Make (SW/Orion). I was initially looking for a hard case but the cost became too high, due to the size of the OTA.

This is the one I got:
https://www.walmart....IMAXX/773207855


20190810_114016.jpg

20190810_114039.jpg

OTA with its winter clothes (reflectix)
20190810_114249.jpg


Clear skies,



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 12:58 PM

I plan on using this scope mostly while car camping, though there will be occasional “drive to dark sky location” moments as well. When I’m at camp, I’d be able to set the scope up outside hours before the seeing begins. Presumably I wouldn't need it then?
 

If the outside temperature is cold but steady, putting your scope outside 1-2 hours would be a good idea. But if the temperature keeps dropping significantly, your OTA/mirror won't be able to properly acclimatize. I used the reflectrix only during winter, so that 1) I was able to start observing without cool down and 2) the scope was still okay with the continuous temp fall through the night. 

 

But except for winter, I never used the reflectrix, but put it outside for 1-2 hours. 150 Mak is a quite capable scope, especially for the Moon and planets. Enjoy!




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