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Best way to transport an 8 inch dob?

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#1 Greengrassmanfl

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:22 AM

I’ll be going to pick up a new 8 inch dob from a seller between 1.5-2 hrs from me, and I was looking for any advice for transportation. I have a 14 Passat, so the trunk is bigger than you’d think but with the possibility of slightly over 2 hrs of drive time on the return home being on interstate roads and probably with a lot of heat I want to make sure I have a plan in place. Would something that size fit in the backseat with soft blankets under/over it and in doing so, would the mount itself be okay for trunk travel? 



#2 Barlowbill

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:25 AM

Yes and yes

Don't worry about it


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#3 Ken Watts

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:27 AM

blankets and pillows to absorb shock should be good.  We have traveled around the state in our RV and kept the scope on the bed while driving.  Be aware that any screws, nuts and bolts may work loose during the trip.  Heat was not a problem for us even though that area of the RV got over 100.


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#4 izar187

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 05:43 PM

Just nest, strap or seatbelt things in place, so they can't shift around in sudden traffic changes.

Folks have transported their dobsonians for years in their vehicles.

A little padding under the tube, like the back seat itself, plus keeping things in place... is all you need.



#5 Myk Rian

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 12:30 PM

The base presents the problem, but does come apart with a hex wrench.

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