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Has anyone seen a good transport solution for a RASA 8 with Guidescope?

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#1 EmeraldHills

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 04:50 PM

I've been using a case from Road Cases USA that I custom ordered for my 8-inch RASA. But now I'm going to try to learn to dither. Once I attach a guidescope, isn't it typical (desirable?) to leave the guidescope attached when transporting the OTA? Sigh. So will I now most likely need to find a different case, capable of handling the extra height brought on by the guidescope? Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can share.



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Posted 08 May 2021 - 05:14 PM

I don''t think the guide scope needs to be aligned with the main scope? the whole point of rings is so so that the guidescope can be adjusted to find a suitable guide star if needed. I don't think you will have any problems using the case you already have and attaching and re-attaching your guidescope?

 

Though having said that I always leave my guidescope attached to my refractor.


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#3 andysea

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 05:20 PM

With my RASA 8 I used the QHY mini guide scope which attaches to the finder base on the RASA ( I can't remember if the RASA comes with one but it has tapped holes to attach one). I would remove the guide scope for transport.
Unless your way of mounting the guide scope to the RASA is very elaborate and time consuming, I see no reason not to remove the guide scope during transport.

Edited by andysea, 09 May 2021 - 10:49 AM.

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#4 pyrasanth

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Posted 08 May 2021 - 05:38 PM

It is not going to matter too much if your guide scope is not aligned to the optical axis of the telescope. I just use a vixen rail and a clamp for easy removal for transportation. This of course allows the easy switching of the guide scope assembly between different telescopes.


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#5 EmeraldHills

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Posted 09 May 2021 - 06:20 AM

Great news. Thanks everyone.




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