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#1 Domer

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 09:28 PM

I have a question for all of you who have this configuration - how do you transport the telescope?  With the Focus Cube attached, it no longer fits into the SkyWatcher case, right?  And I don't think anyone wants to go through the hassle of detaching and re-attaching the Focus Cube every time the telescope needs to be transported.  At least, there appears to be no easy way to do that.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 09:49 PM

I have the same setup and transport the scope and FocusCube2 attached in the SW trunk.  Cut a notch out of the foam for the focuser assuming the focuser is on the top (scope upside down).  You will need to remove the RJ-45 connection to the temperature probe.  I can post a picture if needed.

 

Simple...


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 09:54 PM

How long is the distance to transport it? For short distances a tripod bag is useful, and you can add bubble wrap or a similar material for a better fit.

 

But for long distances or difficult terrain I doubt that it offers good protection.

https://www.amazon.c...357&sr=8-3&th=1



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:50 PM

I have the same setup and transport the scope and FocusCube2 attached in the SW trunk.  Cut a notch out of the foam for the focuser assuming the focuser is on the top (scope upside down).  You will need to remove the RJ-45 connection to the temperature probe.  I can post a picture if needed.

 

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Hi Jim - a photo would be very helpful.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:54 PM

How long is the distance to transport it? For short distances a tripod bag is useful, and you can add bubble wrap or a similar material for a better fit.

 

But for long distances or difficult terrain I doubt that it offers good protection.

https://www.amazon.c...357&sr=8-3&th=1

Usually about 85 miles each way in my car, mostly highway, but unpaved dirt road for the last 1/2 mile (5 MPH max).  But there may be occasions for longer transport, and someday I may need to fly with it.



#6 Jim Waters

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 11:03 PM

Hi Jim - a photo would be very helpful.

I sometimes drive 3+ hours with the scope in the SW Trunk.  That includes ~4 miles of dirt road.

 

https://www.cloudyni...00mm-transport/

 

EDIT - Sorry the image is distorted.  CN upload did something funny.


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#7 Jim Waters

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 11:12 PM

Is this better?

 

https://www.cloudyni...113-205912-002/


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#8 Domer

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 09:58 AM

Thanks, Jim - that's perfect.  I'll give that a try.



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 08:09 PM

I have the same setup and transport the scope and FocusCube2 attached in the SW trunk.  Cut a notch out of the foam for the focuser assuming the focuser is on the top (scope upside down).  You will need to remove the RJ-45 connection to the temperature probe.  I can post a picture if needed.

 

Simple...

This is exactly what I did. Cut the foam out all the way back to the hard partition. Works out just fine. The racket balls protecting the scope keep it from hitting. 



#10 Omeganon

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 08:12 PM

 

I actually have mine flipped over compared to this. I thought it would provide better protection -

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/eCQ0DLn




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