Hi all, I'm a beginner with an 8 inch dob in the midwest. I have a work trip to Phoenix coming up around new moon period in December, and am itching to get out to some of Arizona's dark skies. This presents the obvious problem: I can't bring my scope with me.
I am assuming there's no local scope rental program/shop. I suppose I could get a 12 inch (which would be a nice upgrade for me I'd like to have eventually) and try to ship it home in the original packaging afterward as well, but that seems risky and probably at least as expensive.
Does anyone have a suggestion for situations like this?
It looks like the Saguaro Astro Club has a cool site at the "Antennas" location. Has anyone been there? Seems hard to pass up the opportunity, especially while it will be all freezing and clouds in the midwest.