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    Default Moving a 12 Inch Dob



    Hi Folks -

    New subscriber. First post. New to astronomy.

    I am about to pull the trigger on my second scope. Likely going to be Apetura AD12. My question is for those who have/had classic 12 inch dobs: how difficult is it to move 14 X 57 inch, 48 lb OTA? I'm a stout 5'9" and am not overly worried about the weight. It's more the awkwardness from the overall size and fear of damage. I will not be transporting the scope. I live in a rural community on 5 acres. Light pollution its very low and air quality is good. My viewing will be done primarily at home. Occasionally I might haul it with me to one of our local observatories or a star party. Most movement will from from inside the home out onto the deck. Any trick, tips, or recommended devices to aid safely moving the OTA and set up the scope would be great.

    My first scope was purchased in July. After researching scope online, Amazon hit me with the Powerseeker 127eq in a lightning deal for $95. Couldn't resist. I live in Central Oregon and the viewing skies here can be spectacular. July and August were just that way. Jupiter and Saturn were high in the sky. My first ever view of Saturn's rings literally took my breath away. Hooked!

    I recently got a fair view of the Orion Nebula and I want more. It's time for a step up. I figure the AD12 will keep me busy for a while.

    Looking forward to sharing with you all. -- Joe

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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    Hello and welcome Joe,
    If you do find it awkward to move you could always strap it to a hand cart to move it.
    Many people have done this to ease transport.
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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    Try Googling: JMI wheels bars.

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    Buy Wheeley Bars Telescope Wheels (Dolly)

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    You will have no problems. It's easy to lift out of the base with the trunions that fit into the base. I placed three rubber feet on the bottom of mine to set the tube down on the floor vertically so I'm not setting it down on the collimation knobs.

    I carry the base out into the driveway and then carry the tube out again by the trunions and place it in the base.

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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    Not to worry. Once you had your nails turn blue and drop off after your fingers got stuck under the trunions, or threw your back out after lifting the OTA a few times it will feel like old hat. Just kidding, I had my fingers squeezed a few times but never to that point.

    That's me (6' 3") with my Z12 (same as AD12) carrying it with a sling over my shoulders. It really helps to keep the OTA close to the body when carrying it, much easier on the spine. Without it I definitely recommend a cart.



    After I got tired of dealing with the monster I modified it into this:



    This is how it now fits in the back of my Chevy Cruze. It still takes up 3/4 of the back seat even after the conversion. Without the modification it would have to be put in diagonally from the front to the rear and take up 3 seats - really hard to transport.



    So if you think about taking it to star parties don't think too lightly of it unless you have a truck. In retrospect I would have gone with the 10" (but I already had a Coulter Odyssey 10") or with a Skywatcher collapsible.

    That's the collapsible leveling base I designed for it (I added manual setting circles). With the OTA pointing at zenith on it I can barely look through the eyepiece so that's about right.



    The Z12 is a great scope of very good quality that yields fabulous views so I'm not complaining. If you can handle it I recommend it.
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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    Wow. Thanks to all for the great information and the welcome. I appre Kate the dolly and furnature strap ideas. When it's here I'm sure I'll apply the inspirations.

    The wife and I went to dinner tonight and I dropped the bomb about the AD12. She gave me the thumbs up, but wanted to know, where it was going to sit. I told her "It's black. You won't event notice it."

    Looks like tomorrow I'm breaking out the card and hitting the High Point website. It's been cloudy the last couple of weeks. A good time to ship it!
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    Aw, just put it in the corner of the living room, point it straight up, and set a flower vase on it. She’ll never notice.

    I’ve had my AD12 for over 4 years. Like Oz, I carry out the base first, then the OTA. Nary a bit of trouble other than denting a door frame a time or two.
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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    I keep my three scopes in the living room, set up. People coming over think it's odd (sometimes) but it always starts a conversation. The strangest moment came when a tree arbitrator who was an attorney came over (I'm trying to get one of my neighbors to substantially reduce an oak tree which cuts into my viewing) and said "Wow, you have some dobsonians." It turned out he was John Dobson's roommate in China when they were both monks.

    Anyway, I'd pull the trigger on an AD12. Not too much larger than a 10". I don't use straps or anything to carry out the Z10, just remember to lift with your legs and keep your back straight. Good luck with the purchase, happy times ahead!
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    I like the idea of the wheeley bars. I've also been looking at an easy way to move my 12" Skywatcher into/around the backyard (will be a lot easier now that I'll be storing it in the shed; thanks @Ozman). Might have to seriously consider grabbing those wheeley bars though. The idea of being able to go out to the shed and just roll the scope into place without any lifting or deconstructing sounds too good to pass up.
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    Default Re: Moving a 12 Inch Dob

    If you have problems with the base you shouldnt you could get 4 wheels a piece of plywood and carpet and make a tray to wheel it around
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