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.