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#1 Bearcub

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Posted 27 September 2022 - 03:18 PM

So i did my ussual night sky views and put main dob on sofa.. going back to balcony to pick up stand and carry it inside.

 

The dob rolled over from sofa and smashed scope finder.

 

What you learn is: dob is heavy but that doesnt mean it wont just roll over and get itself in trouble. Make sure it is indeed not moving if you carry a dob in two parts.

 

The stand indeed will go nowhere because its a stand, and its wood and it doesnt need care.. but the dob itself can roll over - its not that heavy! The eyepiece and scope finder can make it roll.

 

After some checking on jupiter id say the scope is unharmed, I just need a new scope finder. Very lucky!


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Posted 27 September 2022 - 03:29 PM

Yes indeed - gravity has its universal way of asserting itself. Telescope, earth, apple, moon, black hole... they all find each other attractive, then nature takes its course.    Tom

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Posted 28 September 2022 - 09:59 AM

....and put main dob on sofa....The dob rolled over from sofa and smashed scope finder....

 

In the future, stand the OTA on end. Unless you're on a slope, it ain't goin' nowhere. waytogo.gif 


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Posted 28 September 2022 - 10:37 AM

Sofa Scope Straps....Only $49.95, plus shipping and handling fee.....wink.gif


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Posted 30 September 2022 - 03:21 AM

For transport, especially through doorways, I always remove the ParaCorr and RACI. They have a way of reaching out and whacking into things.


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Posted 30 September 2022 - 04:41 AM

When I put my 10 inch tube Dob on a car seat or something similar, I position it so the focuser prevents it from rolling. In a car, I also secure it with the seat belts and padding.

 

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Posted 30 September 2022 - 06:51 AM

When I put my 10 inch tube Dob on a car seat or something similar, I position it so the focuser prevents it from rolling. In a car, I also secure it with the seat belts and padding.

Jon


Precious cargo! Make sure you have the correct family telescope stickers to put on your rearview window too! In all seriousness though, this sounds like a really good idea.
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Posted 30 September 2022 - 07:52 AM

When I put my 10 inch tube Dob on a car seat or something similar, I position it so the focuser prevents it from rolling. In a car, I also secure it with the seat belts and padding.

 

Jon

I do the exact same with my XT12i. This may be a good time to mention when I had an XT10g I always meant to buy one of those padded carry bags but never got around to it. I bought one for the XT12i though and what a waste of money that was! Putting the OTA into the bag is not easily done, especially by one person. Then the carry handles (straps) are too long to use as anything other than shoulder straps and too narrow to keep from cutting into your hands or shoulders. 

The safest way to carry one of these things is the way I've always done it - cradled in one arm with the other hand firmly grasping the base ring near the mirror. Don't make the mistake of trying to grab the secondary end with the cover in place, it will just flip off and cause you to drop your precious!


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Posted 30 September 2022 - 08:04 AM

 

The safest way to carry one of these things is the way I've always done it - cradled in one arm with the other hand firmly grasping the base ring near the mirror. Don't make the mistake of trying to grab the secondary end with the cover in place, it will just flip off and cause you to drop your precious!

 

:waytogo:

 

This how I carry my 10 inch.

 

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Posted 30 September 2022 - 09:30 AM

The ears on my 10XTi keep it from rolling, but I still strap it in with seatbelts.  The base rides shotgun and is seatbelted too; then there's the cases, chair, table, drinks, etc....I get to cram in behind the steering wheel(nonelectric stupid car that requires manual guidance, speed, and braking control).  Life sure is hard when you gotta do even the simple things yourself.


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Posted 30 September 2022 - 09:45 AM

My new 10" Starsense DOB has a carrying handle.


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Posted 30 September 2022 - 10:17 AM

 

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This how I carry my 10 inch.

 

 
 
Jon

 

I do the 12" the same way, I'm just a bit more stooped over...  gramps.gif

 

It's amazing the difference two inches of culvert pipe makes in the weight!


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Posted 30 September 2022 - 03:40 PM

I do the 12" the same way, I'm just a bit more stooped over...  gramps.gif

 

It's amazing the difference two inches of culvert pipe makes in the weight!

This how I used to carry my 12.5 inch..

 

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It's amazing how much heavier it's gotten in the last 20 years. :)
 
Handles are effective but I would not add them to a metal tube Dob as the metal s thin.
 
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Posted 30 September 2022 - 04:03 PM

Never trust things to not want to fall go to minimum energy state...

 

Might want to check collimation.

It doesn't like percussive maintenance.

 

 

 

In the future, stand the OTA on end. Unless you're on a slope, it ain't goin' nowhere. waytogo.gif 

That sounds like challenge for "Mr. Murphy"...




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