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#1 Hugh Peck

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:01 PM

After seeing a post about a soft case for a refractor thought to post this. Many instrument case will work for telescopes. Woodwind and horn cases will often fit small S-C, Mak or refractor scopes. This is a cajon case that I've been using for years. that fits a C-700, pictured, a C-8, or with a bit more padding, a C-6, an 5 or 6" Maks. It's only $25 from musiciansfriend.com. 

 

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:17 PM

Nice find!  And much less expensive than the usual cases marketed for use with telescopes.



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:37 PM

If you can find the one that will work for you , you can't beat a Pelican case with pick and pluck foam. I've used them for years for scopes, eyepieces, et. al . They're a little expensive but well worth the money . 



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:48 PM

After seeing a post about a soft case for a refractor thought to post this. Many instrument case will work for telescopes. Woodwind and horn cases will often fit small S-C, Mak or refractor scopes. This is a cajon case that I've been using for years. that fits a C-700, pictured, a C-8, or with a bit more padding, a C-6, an 5 or 6" Maks. It's only $25 from musiciansfriend.com.

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Wow! Great suggestion! I will have to look into this.

#5 Hugh Peck

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:52 PM

They're more than "a little expensive", they're outrageously expensive. grin.gif  Since I never abuse my camera or scopes I've never needed more than a soft case. In 4 decades of scopes and 5 of photo gear I never had anything in a soft case get damaged. 

 

I also have never allowed one to be abused by gorillas, aka airline baggage handlers. Nor have I ever taken one into a war zone or jungle. Over the decades I've learned that I don't need to protect my gear from situations it will never be exposed to. 

 

As a former A&P who worked for an airline I am well aware of how some BHs throw baggage around.


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Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:01 PM

My OTA in its custom built wooden case. Once the lid is down, the telescope is locked into its padded cradle...

 

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:38 PM

Go to Harbor Freight for their Pelican “Apache” knockoffs. Much better price for essentially the same robustness.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 08:46 AM

Good morning all, I looked for a long time for a decent, lightweight hard case for my Orion ST-90 to come my way.

A GW find not long ago yielded what I wanted, a very used trumpet plastic hard case, 

 

I removed all the inner liner, about as much fun as cleaning a fish, little Styrofoam chunks everywhere, but I got it done, once cleared of that I selected from my scrap foam collection what you see in there now, some pluck foam pieces glued to a solid foam full length pad, the upper soft egg crate foam I had to cut to size but was able to completely line the lid with, not pretty but like me, it gets the job done.

 

In the case are the RA drive motor, battery pack for it, solar filter box,  Meade eyepiece compass, digital level gauge, SolSearcher TV finder, Illuminated 20mm 70° reticel eyepiece, and an Allen driver for all the socket head screws I used to replace all the thumb screws I rarely use.

 

This is mostly the stuff used for Solar viewing, the compass & level are used to polar align during the day, combo works very well for that.

I had to widen the finder shoe a bit to be able to set the level in and secure with the thumb screw so it wouldn't fall when I brought the scope up for my latitude angle, not enough magnet friendly metal on this scope for the magnet in the level gauge to get a good grip on. 

 

I might swap out the eyepiece for my Lunt Wedge, I have other redicle eyepieces in my eyepiece case so it's redundant right now, but this is all the stuff I had in the other case I was using for the scope until I found the trumpet case.

 

The case was covered with stickers, all but one were easy to remove with the heat from a hair drier, but the heavy scrub area you see, that sticker was a paper cheapo that was almost as much work just to get that much of it off, nothing I had in the house at the time would soften the adhesive,,,,

 

Few more attempts at it this weekend maybe, but looking like it does, it's not that attractive to looky loos when it's sitting in the van when I'm not around.

 

Still some tweeking to do, but I love a good project. cool.gif

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 03:48 PM

Neewer is a good brand I have found.



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:20 PM

I saw this case on the Bass Pro shops ad. Looks like a great deal but I don’t see how big it is. Might make for a good eyepiece holder. 

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:41 PM

My OTA in its custom built wooden case. Once the lid is down, the telescope is locked into its padded cradle...

 

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Almost looks like mine!

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 11:19 AM

I also have a custom made case for my AT102ED, and it fits nicely in the SUV.  I use the original packing foam to hold the scope in place, the top of the foam is removed for the photo.

 

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#13 Hugh Peck

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 11:33 AM

All those custom, homemade wood cases are very nice indeed! waytogo.gif bow.gif 



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Posted 24 November 2019 - 11:37 AM

Probably mentioned before but I will again. 

If you have a Cat or  Mak. Short bodied scope i will suggest a cooler .. my meade 90mm fits nicely in my little playmate cooler  , which i foamed . Has enough room for eyepieces and finderscope .

Next up my Celestron C8 , that too I have transported easily in a cooler , bigger of course.  Foam lined  too . 

These have additional benefits , keeping the scope cool, which means less time to acclimate.  AND the larger one can double as a seat... if you have a tripod with mount it can be velcroed to the side or top . 

Find one with wheels at a thrift store, garage sale as I did .. they are cheap , and protect your optics . 

 

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Posted 24 November 2019 - 01:17 PM

Beautiful wood cases. What woods did you use for your case, Jaimo?



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 02:00 AM

Posted this before, but here's a case made for a drum stand

 

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That fits the ED81S + diagonal perfectly

 

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