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#1 TManuel1951

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:17 PM

What hand carrying staps would you recommend for OTA?

 

What kind of case for scope?

 



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:24 PM

For handles you cant beat these http://astronomy-sho...om/?page_id=177. I use some on my 10" dob and it makes carrying a whole lot easier.

 

I personally use Dew Not controller and straps, but they are all pretty much the same. Just depends how much you want to spend. https://www.highpoin.../brands/dew-not


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:40 PM

Thank you so much for those helpful tips.smile.gif



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:43 PM

Take a look at this - https://www.telescop...ExoCsVIQAvD_BwE

I don't use it as but I probably should...
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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:51 PM

Thanks for that helpful tip.



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:58 PM

I use a pair of Strap-A-Handles that I bought at Staples.  I've also seen them sold at Home Depot.

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:01 PM

I use one of these for my 6" dob:

 

https://www.amazon.c...MCHCE487HRZPJPC

 

 

For an 8"er, not sure if you'd need one or two.



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:09 PM

Thank you. That velco strap is 6 feet. Do you have to wrap it around your tube more than once, and can you still pick it up with handles?



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:17 PM

This one appeals to me.  I have just purchased an 8" Dobsonian, and have ordered this.

 

https://www.amazon.c...V3UI2ULHW&psc=1

 

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:34 PM

That looks like a good one. Thanks



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 09:39 PM

Thank you. That velco strap is 6 feet. Do you have to wrap it around your tube more than once, and can you still pick it up with handles?

Yep, I wrapped mine until it was snug. And I use the handle to carry it around.

 

The yellow strap-a-handle might fit a bit better ... not sure... I think the handle on that one looks better than my $7 handle.... although both should do the job.



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:02 PM

I will decide on the yellow one or the other. Thanks again



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:04 PM

Any recommendations on a case for the rocker and OTA? I know that Orion has one for the OTA.



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:04 PM

Orion Telescopes has bags made just for this kind of scope. Check 'em out.

 

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:07 PM

Thank you. I knew they had one for the 6" but was not sure about 8"



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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:38 PM

I am new to cloudy nights. I have heard so much about it. And in the short time I have been involved, I have received generous tips from you stargazers. I am planning on selling an 8" dob soon. Thanks for all tips and looking forward to getting more involved.

 

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 04:30 AM

With respect to the case, I can't imagine why anyone would need or want one for a Dob. Most people store their Dobs fully assembled, in working position. And for transport, just chuck the tube in the back of the car and drive away.



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 05:29 AM

With respect to the case, I can't imagine why anyone would need or want one for a Dob. Most people store their Dobs fully assembled, in working position. And for transport, just chuck the tube in the back of the car and drive away.

 

I tend to wrap the tube in a blanket or at least pad it.

 

I had an Orion bag for an XT-8 but that was 18 years ago. It also had Orion strap handles but with my 10 inch, I prefer to carry it by cradling the upper tube in my left arm while holding the mirror end with my right hand.

 

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 06:17 AM

I had an Orion bag for an XT-8 but that was 18 years ago. It also had Orion strap handles but with my 10 inch, I prefer to carry it by cradling the upper tube in my left arm while holding the mirror end with my right hand.


That's fine if the tube is the only thing you're carrying. The virtue of a strap is that it allows you to carry the tube in one hand and the base in the other. When I'm setting up in a public area far from my car (if any), there's a huge difference between being able to carry the scope in one trip and needing two trips.



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 06:59 AM

I prefer to carry it by cradling the upper tube in my left arm while holding the mirror end with my right hand.

Jon

^^^^this^^^^
Strap handles are clumsy and not necessary.

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 03:30 PM

Thank you that is a lot of good suggestions



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 12:59 PM

You could also go this route. I can get all three pieces (one being the dolly) easily into the back of my small hatchback. It does mean one extra piece, but when you move from vehicle to a site some distance from the car it's only one trip and you aren't likely to stumble and drop it if it's dark. The dolly was $100 from Uline and I added the carpeted wood panel to protect the woodwork. It has really eased the burden on my back.

 

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 07:37 PM

I tend to wrap the tube in a blanket or at least pad it.

 

I had an Orion bag for an XT-8 but that was 18 years ago. It also had Orion strap handles but with my 10 inch, I prefer to carry it by cradling the upper tube in my left arm while holding the mirror end with my right hand.

 

Jon

I use inexpensive sleeping bags, the same concept.


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 09:51 PM

I have the Orion padded case for my 12" dob.  I transport it in the back of my pick up and it helps protect it.  It also keeps spiders out during winter storage.



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 10:09 PM

That's fine if the tube is the only thing you're carrying. The virtue of a strap is that it allows you to carry the tube in one hand and the base in the other. When I'm setting up in a public area far from my car (if any), there's a huge difference between being able to carry the scope in one trip and needing two trips.

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That's a 12.5 inch Discovery... 
 
We all face different situations.  Carrying a scope in one hand and the base in the other makes it difficult to navigate doorways
 
 
I always make two trips with a tube Dob despite the photo above.
 
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