Here's kind of a hybrid idea for refractor or even a reflector for transport & storage, a soft hard side case, padded soft case with plastic inserts for the six sides.
I don't know that I've ever seen one for scopes, most I've seen are basic duffel bags, things can still go bang on the scope during transport, just you don't see nick until you see your scope in the daylight again.
My main large eyepiece case is what Tamrak marketed for a while called The Strongbox, not anymore, it's a soft padded case that uses a plastic box with the heavy canvas outside shell with a padded interior like many other compartmentalized camera cases.
So why not investigate using a long narrow plastic box built the same way?
Or if you can't find one long enough then use two and cut the ends of and mate them back together inside the duffel bag.
And if not two then three or four boxes, it's not like the scope is going to bend.
Use the cut off ends to reinforce the center divide?
Wood gets heavy fast, hinges & handles,,,,,, but then there's the tradition side of this coin, back in the day every scope came in a wood box,
I just got my first large refractor, it came with the factory hard case, while loading, it got genitally pushed while resting on my left toes,,,,,,
The person helping with it did the light push, not realizing my toes were under it,,,,,,,, but the purchase price of the used package dimmed my pain indicating nerves, I said nothing.
For the week and a half that my toes reminded me of that incident I thought of ways for that not to happen again,,,,
Your thread is helping me work through almost the same problem, but my dew shield will retract back to the rings, and I'm going to look into the golf club bags that have been mentioned, but it seems you would want one with a full length zipper..
But then again would the golf bag handles support 20+ pounds
I agree that when setting 23#'s of scope w/rings & bar into the clamp on the mount is tedious, I've done two things that might help others.
I put a stop screw at the front of the dovetail bar so it wouldn't slide down through the clamp if I lost my grip on things while loading it.
Black on black, man can't make out the end of the dovetail bar and the front of the clamp on the mount at a glance, so I thought about painting the front of the clamp white, now at a glance I could spot the end of the dovetail bar going into the clamp while holding 23#'s aloft.
I just went and did a quick mock up of that idea and used white tape, I think it's an improvement. Just remove the tape if the idea doesn't work for you, but at least give it a try.
Edited by SloMoe, 24 August 2020 - 10:16 AM.