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Telescope Stories - How Far Have You Driven to Pick up some Astronomy Gear?

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#1 bartine

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:36 PM

I live in Northern Silver Spring Maryland - up in the DC area.

 

I do IT consulting (as an aside to my Astronomy addiction) and was working for a company down in Tampa Florida.  Sitting bored in a hotel room, I found a large set of ASTRONOMY GEAR about 90 miles North / West of Tampa, and bought it and drove the whole set back up to Maryland.  

 

A one way trip of 1,050 miles.

 

Fun fact - the gear was really in the agricultural area of midland Florida.  The father who owned the house had set up a roll off observatory in the back.  The daughter wanted to convert the roll off observatory into a

 

(wait for it...)

 

A Chicken Coop.

 

What is the longest trip you have made to pick up some astronomy gear?

 

Clear Skies!

 

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:38 PM

I recently made a 1,300 mile round trip.  On that trip, I picked up a scope that I had been watching online for awhile.  The scope was not the main objective (no pun intended), but was a conscious aside from start to finish.  Does that count?


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#3 wrnchhead

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:39 PM

Just this spring I drove from Topeka KS to Santa Fe NM to pick up my 12" SW. It seemed longer but I see it's 691 miles. 


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:41 PM

WV to Florida and back. However I was going down to Alabama for a different event and it was a 5 hour side trip after that event then back to WV. Also went WV to NC and WV to OH to pick up astro gear only.

I forgot another one with a side trip. I went from MD to Western AR for an event (17 hours I think each way) and made a 2 hour side trip into MO to pick up some astro gear also and return to MD.


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#5 AZ Maverick

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:43 PM

My last telescope private purchase was the furthest distance traveled - yet still only 240 miles round trip.


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:43 PM

7 Miles....   I have stuff regularly shipped to my work, and I have made a special trip just to pick something up that was delivered. 



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:44 PM

Chicken coops are underrated.

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:46 PM

About 3 hours each way for me to pick up my 17.5" dob



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:48 PM

I live in Northern Silver Spring Maryland - up in the DC area.

 

I do IT consulting (as an aside to my Astronomy addiction) and was working for a company down in Tampa Florida.  Sitting bored in a hotel room, I found a large set of ASTRONOMY GEAR about 90 miles North / West of Tampa, and bought it and drove the whole set back up to Maryland.  

 

A one way trip of 1,050 miles.

 

Fun fact - the gear was really in the agricultural area of midland Florida.  The father who owned the house had set up a roll off observatory in the back.  The daughter wanted to convert the roll off observatory into a

 

(wait for it...)

 

A Chicken Coop.

 

What is the longest trip you have made to pick up some astronomy gear?

 

Clear Skies!

 

Ben

Not as far as that, but two weeks ago I drove 550 + miles round trip from the Norther VA burbs of DC to Rob Teeter's  NJ home to pick up a 10 inch STS tube scope. well worth it. The scope is a beaut. 



#10 Jim45157

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:49 PM

ohio to florida



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:55 PM

I live in Northern Silver Spring Maryland - up in the DC area.

 

I do IT consulting (as an aside to my Astronomy addiction) and was working for a company down in Tampa Florida.  Sitting bored in a hotel room, I found a large set of ASTRONOMY GEAR about 90 miles North / West of Tampa, and bought it and drove the whole set back up to Maryland.  

 

A one way trip of 1,050 miles.

 

Fun fact - the gear was really in the agricultural area of midland Florida.  The father who owned the house had set up a roll off observatory in the back.  The daughter wanted to convert the roll off observatory into a

 

(wait for it...)

 

A Chicken Coop.

 

What is the longest trip you have made to pick up some astronomy gear?

 

Clear Skies!

 

Ben

Not too far.  200 miles to swap a Tak 102 for a 78.  But, if you count Stellefane, then 800 miles several times to the swap table.



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 07:57 PM

From DC to Detroit and back.   Oh yes to pick up a Unitron 4" photo equatorial.  


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:01 PM

I purchased an Ash Dome and drove from central Virginia up to Connecticut to load the parts in a pouring down rainstorm, and then drove back to Virginia with them. Subsequently, I drove to Evansville, IN to pickup a steel pier to go along with it. A couple of trips to Philadelphia, and a longer trip to New York, pretty much round out my forays to collect gear.

 

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:03 PM

about 4 hours drive.



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:03 PM

650 miles round trip to pick up an eBay purchase (a new never used Sirius EQ-G + 8” Newt with accessories). Original purchaser was shocked at the size and weight when it arrived. 


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:29 PM

I've been ready to do the long drive but have missed out on purchases

 I have been over the river and through the woods to pick up scopes

   I have crossed the Hudson river three times to buy scopes from Goodash  at lunch time

     I have driven  110 miles to north west Mass   six times to get scopes  and stuff as well

 I drove farther than that to NY state  to buy back my TV Oracle  to avoid the vagaries of shipping

       Love road trips


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 08:41 PM

Denver to Reno NV, selling 30".

Denver to Wabash Indiana, buying 36"

Denver to Portland OR, buying 25".  Actually I've done this trip a lot to Steve Swayze's place but I did the first one to get the 25".

Denver to St. Louis MO, pickup Criterion 10" Dynascope observatory scope.

Denver to Llano Tx. This is a small cheat since I have a little ranch there, but I've gone in combination to buy and visit. My brother stays there.

 

The ranch is 900 miles gate to gate.

Portland Or is 1,200 mi.

Wabash IN is 1,100 mi.

Reno is 1,000.


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 09:13 PM

 

Denver to St. Louis MO, pickup Criterion 10" Dynascope observatory scope.

I've driven from Miami FL to Seattle WA, KS to NYC, KS to NM, and by FAR the most boring is STL to Denver, yikes! And I'm not a person easily bored I love long drives. 



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 09:18 PM

200 miles each way from Central VA to NOVA. Was picking up a C9.25 OTA.

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 09:35 PM

Well, not to pickup a scope, but....

 

A tad over 20 years ago made the 600+ mile RT trek to a "candy store" known as Company Seven, leaving empty handed (Marty did, however, enroll me on the first of many AP "waiting to wait" lists). 



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Posted 08 September 2020 - 10:05 PM

2012:  Alexandria VA to Utica NY and back again, to pick up my Cave 12.5" f/6.

 

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 10:39 PM

You guys really have the bug.

 

I've never driven very far.

3 of them at about 20-25 miles, 3 others at about 2-3 miles, 1 about a 1 mile,

and one (for free), was carried from across the street .grin.gif  

 

BTW, remember this?

 

https://www.cloudyni...-for-a-classic/

 


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Posted 08 September 2020 - 10:56 PM

1,154 miles round trip over the weekend to pick up a 12.5 inch Cave. 18 hour drive but it was well worth it.
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Posted 08 September 2020 - 11:12 PM

I drove 350 miles round trip to pick up a mount.

 

I was planning on driving 1100 miles round trip to pickup my 22 inch but the seller had to make a trip to LA so I only had to drive 200 miles round trip.

 

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Posted 08 September 2020 - 11:33 PM

From my house:
My first big trip was to Sioux City, Iowa to pick up a 17.5" Sky Designs in Feb. 1995.  Had to high-tail it back south to out run a snow storm.  That was a 28 hour round trip. ~1500 miles
Went to Weatherford, TX for a 10" F/5 Cave in March 1995.  That was a 30 hour round trip. ~1600
These two trips were in a single cab 1991 Ford Ranger that did not have cruise!

A couple of Atlanta roundtrips, 12 hours each. ~ 700 miles
Went to Mendota, IL, about 100 miles west of Chicago in Sept. 2015 to pick up a 24" Starmaster. ~875 miles.  Stayed over night on that trip

 


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