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#1 Garyth64

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:34 PM

This could have gone into another topic, but I decided to start here (in my favorite thread)

 

When you go to outreach events, I take my scope, it's mount, eyepieces, accessories, and other things that I may need.

 

So,  I have a case for the scope, one for the mount, one for the tripod, a couple of eyepiece boxes, a tool kit, and one for misc.  I transport a lot of stuff.  I sometimes even take two scopes.

 

What do you guys do for all the stuff you need?

 

 



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:49 PM

I have TWO covered tub's,  FOUR suitcases and ONE Husky rolling box... and a pickup. lol.gif


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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:57 PM

Toyota Tacoma 4x4, scope

 

One eyepiece Case

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One Accessory Case

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Both are a little different now.

Nice...!  Can I come and observe with you...  grin.gif

 

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:57 PM

One Eyepiece Case (Plano Gun Case)

One Accessory Case (Pelican 1600)



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:59 PM

Toyota Tacoma 4x4, scope

 

Nice...!  Can I come and observe with you...  grin.gif

 

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Deleted that post as the pics were outdated (EP Case is now Ethos no longer Delos)

I have Lumicin UHC/OIII and DGM NPB + Orion H-Beta in the Acc Case.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 05:15 PM

Both my Oberwerk binoculars have their hard "suitcases," my Fujinons have their comfy shoulder bag, and my TV-85 has its original padded one-hand-carry soft case.

The only things I have that receive no special packaging (and wouldn't beyond careful stowage in the back seat if I was traveling) are my two mount / tripod combos.

Of course, that's barely an issue since I have yet to travel much distance beyond the front of my driveway.



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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:30 PM

The "tough stuff"  like my chair, table, tripod, and wedge, just get tossed into the back of the car.  My C8 rides in it's original footlocker, slightly modified with a bump on top to accommodate a larger finder and pointer mount with various cutouts and holes in the foam liner to hold small stuff, and a sort of seatbelt web harness to make it a little easier to carry.  I recently built a big cabinet on my back porch to get all this stuff closer to the car, but that's a story for a different thread.

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:34 PM

SCTs go in the front seat with some padding and bungee cords. Mount, tripods, and battery pack go in the back with rear seats folded down. Their eyepieces and accessories are in a Pelican case. Refractors go in their wood boxes, which have eyepiece holders and space for mounts and tripods. I have a folding shop stand/table with removable legs that slips in behind the front seats. 

 

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:36 PM

My commonly used atlases and miscellaneous stuff reside in this box I made many years ago for the purpose.  The contents are different now, but the pics show the general idea.

                                             Marty

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#10 Chuck Hards

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 08:23 PM

Here's one of my many Structured Cellulose Storage/Transport cubes.

 

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#11 Garyth64

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 08:10 AM

Maybe I just take too much stuff to a star party.

 

Here's some of the boxes that I'll take to an event:

 

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Not shown is the Husky box for the mount, the tripod, or the small husky box for the battery.

 

If I take two scopes, the second one would be a 3" or 60mm refractor.  They would have a box for the OTA and their tripod and mount.

 

Maybe I just take too much stuff.

 

 


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 08:32 AM

being a cabinetmaker, I have a small fleet of cleverly sized wood boxes for my stuff, but because they ride in the back of my pickup, they are deliberately made of b-grade materials, often without any finish applied. 

 

The case for my Antares 120:

 

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The scope rides in saddles made from 2x6 framing lumber, lined with slightly squishy foam about 1/4" thick.  The piece in the lid squishes it down in enough that it doesn't move around in there.

 

For bigger events, like Stellafane, the back of my truck is 2/3 full of astro-stuff.... the 14 x 14 x 68" box that my 10" reflector lives in.... takes up a lot of that space all by itself.....

Usually, I just wrap tripods in shipping padded blankets, and the dob base gets put in atop everything else. 


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:28 PM

​Don’t forget Milk Crates! My telescopes and most of my tripods have their own cases, but everything else like eyepiece cases, binoculars, charts and atlases, flashlight, laser pointer, extra batteries, and even most mounts are transported in a couple of heavy duty (real dairy) pvc milk crates.


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#14 Pete W

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:16 PM

You guys with the slick boxes and crates make me self conscious!  Tripod, beat-up table & scratched-up chair in the trunk, usually separated by crumpled reusable cloth grocery bags.  EQ head n’stuff in a kitty litter bucket wedged in were I can fit it.  Scope across the back seat “secured“ with the seat belts. Eyepiece case, atlases (in a flimsy cloth “briefcase“) and binoculars in the passenger seat or on the floor.  

 

I guess I’ll regret this casual transport if/when I get into a fender bender...


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:17 PM

You guys with the slick boxes and crates make me self conscious!  Tripod, beat-up table & scratched-up chair in the trunk, usually separated by crumpled reusable cloth grocery bags.  EQ head n’stuff in a kitty litter bucket wedged in were I can fit it.  Scope across the back seat “secured“ with the seat belts. Eyepiece case, atlases (in a flimsy cloth “briefcase“) and binoculars in the passenger seat or on the floor.  

 

I guess I’ll regret this casual transport if/when I get into a fender bender...

Wait...You have a scope and binoculars too? All we have are boxes suitcases and trunks. Nobody said anything about equipment just "stuff". scratchhead2.gif


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:31 PM

Pete, you can hang out with me.  Look for the cardboard boxes.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:49 PM

waytogo.gif   Look for the pink & blue shower caps on my RV-6.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:16 PM

I picked up a nice leather case at our local Value Village a while back with the plans of sticking a 5" Mak into it - but it has morphed into carrying pretty much ALL my gear including my 70mm refractor which I can mount on my 8" SCT. So when I go out observing, I have the brown leather case, a small blue nylon bag with my 8" OTA in it, and my EQ5 tripod legs (the head and counter weights are in the brown leather case). Sometimes I take a little folding table and my Habs camping chair or a shop stool. I am in the process of acquiring a drummer's throne as my seat of choice. smile.gif

 

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:49 PM

Pete, you can hang out with me.  Look for the cardboard boxes.

As of now, the box I have for my CGEMII tripod is still it's cardboard box.  I put 1/4" wood in it to strengthen it.  But when dew starts forming, that cardboard just wilts.  So eventually, I plan on getting something much better for that tripod.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 08:31 PM

You guys with the slick boxes and crates make me self conscious!  Tripod, beat-up table & scratched-up chair in the trunk, usually separated by crumpled reusable cloth grocery bags.  EQ head n’stuff in a kitty litter bucket wedged in were I can fit it.  Scope across the back seat “secured“ with the seat belts. Eyepiece case, atlases (in a flimsy cloth “briefcase“) and binoculars in the passenger seat or on the floor.  

 

I guess I’ll regret this casual transport if/when I get into a fender bender...

I second the cloth grocery bags! I only buy the insulated ones that have the internal bubble-wrap type material, to better pad the tripods and boxes in the back. Oh, and they're not bad for holding groceries, either.

 

The larger SCT in the front seat gets a seat belt too, but since it's the inertia-reel type, I rely mostly on the bungees. 

 

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 09:30 PM

Liquor store boxes are the best.  


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:29 PM

I second Terra’s true milk crates.   The goto carry-all with the 18”.  Great for Uranometrias and other hefty books plus the dob’s 80mm finder, shroud and binos.  And it fits between the wheelbarrow wheels for efficient packing.  


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 12:15 PM

Filter box holding my collection of 1.25 and .965 Optica b/c filters.  Yes, they do get used.  The 1.25 filters are complete, but the .965s still have a few holes. 

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 12:17 PM

My favorite eyepiece box for my favorite eyepieces.

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 04:02 PM

Filter box holding my collection of 1.25 and .965 Optica b/c filters. Yes, they do get used. The 1.25 filters are complete, but the .965s still have a few holes.


Those are so pretty Charlie! I'd be finding a way to hang them up in a sunny window!
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