@Jeff Bennett - I just saw your post here: https://www.cloudyni...ope-eyepieces/
Would you mind sharing what kind of mount and tripod you use when traveling by air? I’d love to hear your feedback on how well that combo works with the AT92.
My current air travel setup is a Universal Astronomics MicroStar Deluxe mount with encoders and Sky Commander. Regrettably, the UA mounts are only available used now. The tripod is a Feisol CT-3372 carbon fiber model, and all of this goes in a Tenba Tripak 34-inch case that goes as checked luggage.
I have tried a number of tripod and mount combos for air travel, but I have always checked that gear while putting the scope, diagonal and eyepieces in a photo backpack to carry onboard. But this mount and tripod combo seems to be a good compromise in terms of light weight with good stability. The carbon fiber tripod in particular made a big difference compared to the aluminum tripod I used previously (a Gitzo 4-series). The Feisol is both significantly lighter (about 4 pounds IIRC) and more stable than anything I used before. The Gitzo 5-series CF tripods are reputed to be excellent as well, but the Feisol is a good bit less expensive and seems to work very well for an 80-90mm scope suited for the MicroStar.
Hope that helps. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you want more of my thoughts on some of the other setups I have tried.
Edited by Jeff Bennett, 16 December 2019 - 09:32 PM.