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#1 2696

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:06 AM

I'm putting together a travel setup and I need a backpack to hold everything, I've been looking at some camera bags but not too sure which ones will actually be able to hold everything. I need to store an AT72, Stellarvue M1V with the handle, a 20" tripod, and 3-4 EP's. Along with some other small things that won't take up much space. If anyone has any suggestions for a quality bag please let me know. Thanks.

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:40 AM

Have a look at the Thinktank range. I travelled Europe with their StreetWalker, carrying camera, 200-400 Tele, Tripod and gear. Heavy, but made it.  Now they have a wheeled one, which would have been a god-send.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:42 AM

Maybe have a look at Lowepro bags? I had one for my DSLR years ago and it's still going strong.

 

I've not used one for astro stuff, but they are really sturdy and have movable dividers etc. for example - https://www.lowepro....ii-lp37270-pww/



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:50 AM

Whatever you do, stay away from the Vanguard bags. I bought a pretty expensive one with 360 rolling wheels for a trip to Chile in 2018, only used a handful of times and the handle broke. I am okay with stuff breaking but when I reached out to the company for help, all I wanted was to buy the replacement handle and do the work myself (pretty easy, just 2 screws) but the answer I received was sorry, we can't help so I can't recommend them anymore.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 10:42 AM

Lowepro bags are nice (I have a small 35l backpack I use for "daytime" photography), as Manfrotto's.

If do not need a backpack to hike, even shoulder videocamera bag are worth a look:

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The one I have is the smallest from Manfrotto's range (I want it to be small enough to fit as "under seat luggage" and that was the only one suited. Beside my refractor is smaller, 55/300), but there are several larger models as as well.

I can place in the refractor, its visual accessories, the complete Vixen Polarie, an ultra compact tripod, and a bit of other stuff; this specific bag is too short for my 66/400ED however, so guess have to look at the larger model.

It is rigid, padded, "shock-proof" and water resistant: none of these properties is especially critical, but can be nice at times, especially when loading the car



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 11:53 AM

I have a  36L thinkTank Ultralight. It's really a nice daypack/camera bag and can easily be adapted for astro gear. After I bought it though I realized with a couple small mods, I could have used my Osprey day pack and had more options. I miss not having the installed frame and trekking pole rings the Osprey has but can live with it. It's nice having a dedicated camera day pack and If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't change a thing.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 01:10 PM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I really appreciate it. They all look like good bags but since I'm on a budget I'm going to go with a Lowepro bag. The Flipside 300 seems to suit what I need. Thanks again!

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 05:58 PM

The Flipside is great. I'm using a "Flipside 400 AW" with my WO ZS80FD. I can pin my tripod to the outisde. And that's an AZGTi mount in the top left. Column goes in the front pouch. Here it is packed...

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 12:02 AM

I am no expert, but FWIW since you mentioned budget, I carried a 60mm refractor, eyepieces,

35mm camera, etc. laptop/tablet in an "Amazon Basics" backpack which was half the price.  This

was mostly for a one-time trip.  Didn't consider higher-end bags, but it worked for me.



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Posted 05 July 2020 - 08:49 AM

I am no expert, but FWIW since you mentioned budget, I carried a 60mm refractor, eyepieces,
35mm camera, etc. laptop/tablet in an "Amazon Basics" backpack which was half the price. This
was mostly for a one-time trip. Didn't consider higher-end bags, but it worked for me.


Ah, I just ordered the Lowepro bag this morning.. I think I came across the Amazon Basics bag, I liked the look of it but it seemed like it was cheaply made. I'm sure it's perfect for a one time trip like in your case. I appreciate the suggestion.

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Posted 17 July 2020 - 05:05 PM

I can pin my tripod to the outisde. 

Hey John what tripod is that? Great setup 



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Posted 18 July 2020 - 12:16 AM

These are some nice travel kits.

I use a Ruggard Thunderhead 55. I found the build quality to be higher than that of the Lowepro Flipside. It also has a lot more bracing and support. I use it to house an AZ-GTi, wedge, counterweight, Sharpstar 61mm triplet, Rokinon 135mm lens, 30mm guide scope, ASI 294mc Pro, ASI 224mc, bahtinov mask, dew heater, filters, scope cover, tripod apron, carbon fiber tripod, asiair, various cables, 3 lithium batteries, android tablet, iPad Pro, and a MacBook Pro. The packed backpack weighs a whopping 35lbs.

I can share a picture if anyone is interested.

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 02:39 PM

These are some nice travel kits.

I use a Ruggard Thunderhead 55. I found the build quality to be higher than that of the Lowepro Flipside. It also has a lot more bracing and support. I use it to house an AZ-GTi, wedge, counterweight, Sharpstar 61mm triplet, Rokinon 135mm lens, 30mm guide scope, ASI 294mc Pro, ASI 224mc, bahtinov mask, dew heater, filters, scope cover, tripod apron, carbon fiber tripod, asiair, various cables, 3 lithium batteries, android tablet, iPad Pro, and a MacBook Pro. The packed backpack weighs a whopping 35lbs.

I can share a picture if anyone is interested.


I would like to see! I believe I came across that bag but I'm not sure if it was the exact one. I was looking at some Ruggard ones though, they were probably my second choice. I really do like the Lowepro flipside though, it's solid enough for what I need it for and it holds everything I need securely.

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 03:01 PM

Lowepro Flipside holds the scope (TV76), eyepieces and accessories.  Fits under an airline seat.  
 

The Skywatcher AZ GTI and Gitzo tripod go in luggage.

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 03:21 PM

I would like to see! I believe I came across that bag but I'm not sure if it was the exact one. I was looking at some Ruggard ones though, they were probably my second choice. I really do like the Lowepro flipside though, it's solid enough for what I need it for and it holds everything I need securely.

I can get some pics sometime next week. I’m just waiting on a few final things to arrive to finish putting it together.

 

The downside of the Ruggard is that its extra depth and padding means that it’s too thick to fit as an under-the-personal seat item on airlines. It would have to go as a carryon in the overhead bins. The Lowepro should have no problem fitting under the seat. I plan to mostly car-travel with this bag, so its larger size isn’t a major concern. 



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Posted 18 July 2020 - 03:26 PM

Lowepro Flipside holds the scope (TV76), eyepieces and accessories.  Fits under an airline seat.  
 

The Skywatcher AZ GTI and Gitzo tripod go in luggage.

Which Gitzo model is that?  How steady are the views at high magnification?



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Posted 18 July 2020 - 03:58 PM

I use a ThinkTank Streetwalker.   This is my normal photo backpack, but it'll hold quite a bit.  Here is my Canon 5D3 with 300f/4 +1.4x TC and my Skywatcher Star Adventurer getting ready to image the comet tonight.   I often use it to carry my 60mm 390mm FL spotter.   It's very good, well made, backpack.

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Posted 19 July 2020 - 09:49 AM

Which Gitzo model is that?  How steady are the views at high magnification?

Traveler 2.  It has become expensive.  I got it years ago for my photography kit.  There are some pretty good knock offs that are cheaper.

 

The views are fine at high magnification, dampening in 1-2 seconds.  You accept some compromises with a light weight travel setup.  With the TV76 I rarely go past 160x.


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Posted 25 July 2020 - 02:18 AM

I would like to see! I believe I came across that bag but I'm not sure if it was the exact one. I was looking at some Ruggard ones though, they were probably my second choice. I really do like the Lowepro flipside though, it's solid enough for what I need it for and it holds everything I need securely.

 As promised: 

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 07:16 AM

As promised:
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Very nice! You really packed a lot in there.


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