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    Default Easy (and legal) ways of transporting put-together scope?



    Greetings all,

    This past weekend, I upgraded from a 5" reflector to a 10" with a GEM mount. Which is great... except that I can't mount the scope myself and don't have any friends that are into astronomy (plus, self-sufficiency...). It's just too darn heavy and awkward. Anyway, the thing came with a scope buggy which might be useful. Leaving it put together and at my/my parents' house isn't really an option, as I live in a second-story apartment and they live in the city. My dad has a pickup, but I'm not sure how I feel about driving with it put together in the bed. I drive a pansy little car.

    Long story short... you guys are creative. How do you transport your put-together scopes? I'd really like to be able to use the 10"... I saved up awhile for a used one (which is quite a bit for a student's budget), and the thought of throwing all that money away just pains me. I'd be willing to throw another $100 at finding a way to get it places. Ideas? Tips?
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    Default Re: Easy (and legal) ways of transporting put-together scope?

    Hey Pink:

    Don't be discouraged. You've only had this scope for a week. I'm sure we can figure out a way for you to get it together by yourself. I think transporting it all put together is inviting trouble. Somehow the idea of all that sensitive gear bumping around in the back of a pickup or trailer makes me nervous. Feed us some more information:

    - Will all the stuff fit into your car?
    - What, exactly, is the problem you are having in assembling it?
    - Are there problems assembling the GEM?
    - Can you lift the OTA? How heavy is it?
    - Do I presume the problem is attaching the OTA to the GEM? Post a photo or two if you can, showing how the OTA attaches to the GEM, if that's where the problem lies.
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    Hi Pink, I agree with gregl, give us some more information about specifics. I also agree that transporting things assembled is asking for trouble. I'm of rather small stature myself and I mount my 19 pound refractor on my 57 pound mount head by myself, it just takes some planning and good body mechanics. Tell us a bit more about your situation and this bunch will surely help you figure out a way to manage your set up. By the way, as a smaller person, I respect your need for self reliance.

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    Yes, all of the stuff fits in my car. Barely, but it does There is no problem assembling the GEM - in fact, there is no assembly as it fits in my trunk by just closing the tripod legs. I would estimate the OTA to be 20-25 pounds. I can lift it for short periods of time, but of course it's very awkward. Main issue is that I need two hands to lift it up, and a third hand to line it up with the dovetail bar on the mount. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of how it attaches, but there's just a simple bar on the bottom of the OTA which slides into a dovetail assembly on the mount. I tried putting the GEM next to the trunk of my car, then putting the OTA on the lid and sliding it down so that the trunk held the weight while I adjusted for the mount, but that just didn't work.

    On a side note, had to slam on my brakes on the way home and the OTA rolled off the backseat onto the floor. The mirrors appear fine and probably just need a collimation. Either way, this scope had better be worth it as soon as I can get a good look through it!
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    Default Re: Easy (and legal) ways of transporting put-together scope?

    Hi Pink,

    My goodness you are full of questions this weekend! Also congrats on getting that scope. I can't believe you got clear skies so soon after purchase!

    OK, I'm brainstorming here so feel free to completely disregard my ideas. IF you have to move the scope assembled, or even partly assembled here is way to do so that should minimize the impact (pun intended) of transporting it in a P/U truck. Go to Lowe's/Home Depot/Wally World and buy a sheet of 3' by 6' four inch thick foam (heck buy 2 they're cheap.) Now you will have to go to Lowe's/Home Depot for this next piece - buy a 4' x 8' 1/4" thick sheet of "cheap" plywood and have the store cut you a piece that is 3' x 6'. Go to the hardware section and buy some teflon strips and some gorilla glue to attach them to one side of the plywood.

    So here's the plan: you are going to make a board (the 3'x6' piece of plywood) that has teflon strips on one side and the foam on the other. The Teflon will make it slide much easier into or out of the back of your dad's P/U truck. The foam is to pad your scope so that traveling back there won't damage it. Use bungees from one side of the plywood to the other to secure your scope (nestled in the foam) to the board. You should be able to slide this board in and out of the truck making it easier to load and unload your scope while protecting it during travel.

    BTW, How much assemblage to do imagine will be required (ie fully) to be able to setup your scope by yourself?

    Anyway, I hope some of this brain dump was useful.

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    Default Re: Easy (and legal) ways of transporting put-together scope?

    Is there a way to use a chair or table to rest the scope on and then setup the tripod and mount next to it where you can attach them? It is hard to visualize without knowing your setup. There is a video of a guy mounting a 14" SCT in a similar manner.

    Also I hope you have learned to fit your OTA in the back seat in a manner that keeps it from moving at all. Use a sleeping bag or blankets to surround it so it won't roll around. good luck.

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    I'm not sure that this would work for you because I don't know what mount you have, but I have an unusual (I think) way of putting my scope dovetail into the mount shoe. I turn the mount so that it is pointed east so that the clamp knobs are pointed to the south. I loosen the clamp knobs one at a time until they fall out, then screw them back in so that the shoe is as far open as it can be. Then I bring the OTA over to the mount and slide the dovetail in north side first so that I can feel it hit the part that is away from me. Then I let it down so that I can see it siting low enough that the shoe will close on it. At that point I can just hold the OTA steady with one hand while I tighten the clamps with the other. I set up near the bed of my pickup with the OTA sitting on the tail gate, but a small plastic folding table close to the mount would work the same. That way you'd have a place to rest the OTA until you're ready to do a quick lift to put it on the mount.

    If this sounds like it would work, give it a try in your living room or some place where you can be comfortable and have some carpet to catch the OTA if things get out of hand.

    Good luck!
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    You guys are full of awesome ideas, it's giving me lots of hope. I hope to try some things tomorrow. And yes, I am full of questions - buying this scope was a spur-of-the-moment thing, so unfortunately I didn't so as much research as I should have. I'm going to try mounting it using the suggestions you've posted. I'd really like to shy away from using the pickup truck (even just thinking about doing that makes me cringe), but if so I love your idea jaetea.
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    Pink:

    As I understand it, the problem is aligning the dovetail. What if the dovetail was slightly tapered for, say, an inch on the end. Do you think it would be easier for you to insert?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregl View Post
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    As I understand it, the problem is aligning the dovetail. What if the dovetail was slightly tapered for, say, an inch on the end. Do you think it would be easier for you to insert?
    That actually is a great idea. How would you go about doing that though, short of soldering on a thin piece of metal? It wouldn't need to support the full weight of the OTA (though that would be nice).
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