So after getting an 8“ f/5.9 dob (which I love!) I started thinking about the easiest and quickest way of transporting it all outside to my backyard where I do all of my observing. I knew the weight of the OTA and base and while neither is too heavy to carry, especially separately, I wanted an easier way to carry the OTA without having to leave doors open. I don’t have to walk far, but I’d bumped in to the back door a few times (gently, but still tapped the view finder) and I don’t have the arm span to carry it under one arm. I first got a Strap a Handle, and while it certainly worked better than nothing, I still had to support part of the tube with one hand and it was still hard to open door handles.
After looking for over a month for something that would fit the bill I stumbled across SUP (stand up paddle board) straps. I skeptically ordered it and checked how heavy stand up boards are (they vary of course but some are heavier than my OTA of 20+ lbs). To my surprise they work well! I put the Strap a Handle back on just as extra insurance but this way I can negotiate doors while still having hands to pull and close the door as well.