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    Default Scope Buggy



    I'm considering the purchase of a Scope Buggy. I have an Celestron Ultima 11 mounted on a C14 tripod and I would like to be able to keep the setup (tripod, wedge and fork mounted scope) intact without the need to set up all the time.

    Any opinions on the Scope Buggy?

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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

    Hello and welcome to the forums
    I have not used one before but the people who do use them seem to really like them.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102XL f/13.2, Celestron 102 f/6.5, 2-150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

    I built my own, scary things to use, but i love skipping the setup process, just roll it out; so easy. I always keep one hand firm grip, on the scope when moving.
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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

    Hi QuanLoi, and welcome here to the Forum!

    I've never had a scope large enough to try a buggy for it, but the folks that have them seem to be happy with them.

    Good luck, and clear skies!

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    Solar: Daystar Quark (chromosphere)
    Mount: Explore Scientific Twilight I tripod w/ Celestron NexStar GT mount
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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

    I have one and am not happy with it. Wheels and steering pivot arm where all very loose, sloppy and wobbly.
    Answer I got from the company was " It doesn't matter, once you put the feet down it will be stable".

    I went and bought a number of flat metal and nylon washers to shim stuff up snug and then replaced the cotter keys with Hairpin Cotter Pin's. This made it much better, but still not very stable on anything but pavement. Why have to have your tripod up pretty high for the legs to fit into the cups on the Scope Buggy. So my C11 on an Atlas mount is too high up to use my astronomy chair, I have to stand up to observe.
    Mounts: EQ1, LXD55, Atlas EQ-G (one with Rowan belt mod and one without)
    Scopes: C11, 8" Reflector, 102mm MCT, ST80, W.O. FLT98, 6" RC, Lunt LS50THa/B400
    Cameras: Canon XTi, DSI-C, DSI, ST402, QHY8L, QHY183C, QHY163M
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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

    This is my first post to this site. In order to find my post I had to search my name. In what forum is my question posted?

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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

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    Default Re: Scope Buggy

    I should add, despite the problems, wether you built one or bought one, I still use it... all the time. It's just the scope on tripod already has a high center of gravity, so increasing that height, and having a whole bunch of 'stuff' bolted on, and moving the whole thing; you have no choice. Think of the rocket transports. Move it slowly on wheels, still better than taking everything apart. And I wouldn't even take any chances on any kind of incline, $1000's tipping over... lol. I built one, so I can use , large rubber wheels on gravel driveway, and custom sized to fit through a door. Reviews from commercial products are hit and miss.
    -Herman
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