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#1 Brelic

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:19 AM

Is there any downside to using a toolbox full of packing foam to store my Celestron 127slt optical tube? The box it came in is pretty flimsy so I don't want to use that for storage long term and I can't afford the official Celestron storage case. My original plan was to try and find a camera case but none of them under $200 are big enough to fit it so I've been trying to think of alternate ways to keep it safe. 

 

Thank you in advance for any advice!



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:23 AM

In short, no problem at all! waytogo.gif

 

If it keeps your precious scope safe, then it is perfect.

 

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:24 AM

Maybe not. Foam is good. I picked up a small soft carry bag (with a shoulder strap) and put foam in that.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:25 AM

No problem at all.  Some folks use plastic storage bins.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:38 AM

I use them for very expensive scopes.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:39 AM

I use plastic tool boxes for my refractors, but I also have soft zipper Geooptik bags which I like better.  Because a soft bag compresses around the scope and takes up less space.

 

What I do is get CLOSED CELL FOAM (like a roll up ground "mattress" for a sleeping bag, like these or like these) and put it inside the tool box so it curls around the refractor.

 

Been doing it for years.  You do have to be alive to the possibility that if you leave the box open and dew gets on the inside, you have to leave it open when you get back to civilization and let it dry out.

 

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edit: I should mention that in some of my soft bags I also have closed cell foam around the scope.  Depends on whether the original bag has padding.

 

GN


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#7 maroubra_boy

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:41 AM

And if you are handy with tools, you can make one out of plywood.  Not hard to do either.  You can then customise it to your heart's content.

 

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:49 AM

Ok great! Thank you everyone for your advice! I will go with the toolbox then. That will save me quite a bit and help me save up for a camera for my telescope much quicker!


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 02:45 AM

If it is short then the Dewalt ones are pretty much indestructible, air tight sealed (with an air valve on top), and cheap at 50$ - ish.

I use one for years storing an FSQ106.

Pack it with foam and you are ready to go :)

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 06:22 AM

If it's reasonably air tight, maybe throw in a large rechargeable desiccant bag.
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Posted 24 October 2020 - 07:00 AM

I use a truck tool box to store my fracs in the porch.,works all good.,The AT102 gets a padded bag as well.,

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 08:22 AM

Just make sure your scope is dry before you secure the lid for a protracted period.
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Posted 24 October 2020 - 08:44 AM

Great comments above.  Also, for some of the smaller scopes, you may be able to use the original foam packing material inside the toolbox, or at least, modify the packing material, etc.


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:42 AM

My 6 inch refractor stays in a deck box

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The loosely folded tarp provides a little cushion from the AVX underneath it

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Probably need to wipe the dust off.

 

Thinkin I could roll it up in a sleeping bag with a few bungees for travel.


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:59 AM

I have a Milwaukee 26 inch jobsite work box with o-ring sealed lid that would be good for a smaller scope.

 

I think it would hold up to about 19 or 20 inch total length. A little less with some padding on each end.

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I used to keep this tiny chainsaw in it on an old towel until I upgraded to a 14 inch bar. Now it doesn't fit!
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Posted 24 October 2020 - 01:21 PM

That's good to hear silios, that's actually exactly the toolbox I was looking at when I asked. I went ahead and purchased that one after seeing all the positive responses here about the idea. Thank you for your advice!



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 01:22 PM

Thank you everyone for your advice! I went ahead and got a toolbox and some foam to pack it in there after receiving all the positive replies. Thank you again for your help!



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:21 PM

That's good to hear silios, that's actually exactly the toolbox I was looking at when I asked. I went ahead and purchased that one after seeing all the positive responses here about the idea. Thank you for your advice!

Glad you found it helpful!

 

Just make sure your scope is dry before you secure the lid for a protracted period.

 

If it's reasonably air tight, maybe throw in a large rechargeable desiccant bag.

 

Pretty solid advice, I have seen fungus growing on lenses stored cold /or with good desiccant bag. No es bueno...

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Posted 25 October 2020 - 05:55 AM

I store most of my refractors in the same foam-padded soft cases that I use for carrying them around. They take up a lot less space that way than if they were in hard cases. On the other hand, each scope requires a separate shelf that way, whereas hard cases can be stacked.

 

The soft case for my Tele Vue Ranger came with the scope. My wife made the soft case for my 100-mm f/6 achromat. Both have nice zip pockets to hold the finders and other paraphernalia.



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Posted 25 October 2020 - 02:34 PM

For my 8" SCT, I wrap it in a small blanket(purchased at thrift store) and then store it in a duffle bag(purchased at W-Mart).


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 09:44 AM

For customized padding in the box, you may want to take the scope and box to an upholstery shop. I did that and they cut and even glued the pieces of foam for a custom fit. They charged me about $50 for the foam and work.



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Posted 26 October 2020 - 10:08 AM

Take out the tools first.....wink.gif

 

Actually, use a new toolbox, old toolboxes will have greasy dirt in them (even cleaned tools have a thin layer of grease and dirt on them).  Even really clean the new one to remove anything that may be in there from the manufacturing process.



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Posted 26 October 2020 - 10:23 AM

Take out the tools first.....wink.gif

 

Actually, use a new toolbox, old toolboxes will have greasy dirt in them (even cleaned tools have a thin layer of grease and dirt on them).  Even really clean the new one to remove anything that may be in there from the manufacturing process.

But make sure the outside looks dirty and beat up.  Also place a layer of tools over the top of the astronomy gear.  This will help trick the sky gods and maybe prevent them from clouding the skies on you. lol.gif


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 10:51 AM

I make storage containers for my Newtonians from Sono-Tubes.

 

I keep my 6” refractor in a golf bag shipping case.


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Posted 26 October 2020 - 03:46 PM

Plastic toolbox or storage bin, each with foam rubber inside.  I guess bubblepack would work too.




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