** I'm posting about these accessories & add-ons for folks who haven't bought a top-tier refractor yet. These extras factor into the decision to go down this road -- if you're a Thrifty person. **
UPS delivered the Parallax Rings today -- perfect fit. Besides the dovetail, I put a Vixen aluminum handle on top of these:
Dakin 4 has its rings back. But now, he's miffed that the new kid has a handle... (Hey! Robert has his dolls, and JW has his Scopes with Personality. And, worse than that, some are prima donnas!)
Thanks to Covid & its supply-chain disruptions, I haven't found a rugged water-proof hard case yet, but I did find:
- Rhino BagMate Multipurpose Telescope Bag, 39x12.3x12.3 inch soft case. Right now, I set the FC-100 in Ko Ko's padded shipping box. https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B07MR3D8ZV
Got it ordered, though I really don't like Amazon...
- TS has a case that looks like a scaled-down APM152ED aluminum case. It's also out of stock. I'll get one as soon as they're available.
The BagMate is tall enough that I can leave the 50mm finder on the FC-100. I want a hard case that does the same -- not easy to find. I used a soft case with my Vixen FL80S. It had thin foam panels, so I added 2" thick ones all the way round. I still have it, just in case a 3" APO sneaks into my collection...
Odds are, if you buy a top-tier Classic APO, you're gonna want to protect it. Even my Tiny Tak / FC-50 has a rugged case:
I figured out later that I could slide the divider forward, leave the cradle on the scope, and still have room up front for an RDF, and other small stuff.
Edited by Bomber Bob, 22 May 2021 - 11:42 PM.