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    Default Stargazing in the US



    I was wondering if anyone had any experience bringing their telescope to a dark sky site in the US from Canada? Is possible to bring it across boarder or is it too much trouble? Hoping for some insight on this.
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    Default Re: Stargazing in the US

    Probably a phone call to local Canadian border patrol could answer that,, I would "Think" that since you were just transporting the scope for viewing, not buying or selling, that there would be no problem.

    I have crossed the US/Canadian border just 6 times in my life, never had any searches of my car or person..

    I would think that a dark sky site in Canada would be a whole lot easier to find than in the USA..

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    I brought my telescope from China and had zero trouble passing through customs.
    In China they were too curious asking what was that, wanted to see the parts, etcetera but here the guy asked: "do you carry any ilegal thing or food?"
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    Default Re: Stargazing in the US

    Why should they be concerned?
    I drove from Calgary to the USA for the eclipse with all my scope gear in the back. Neither of the border officers (going or coming back) were too interested in it. Of course it made sense that I was going with all that stuff and I told them indeed I was going to the US for the eclipse so it all made a consistent story.
    Just to be sure, I did have some of the receipts for the most expensive parts of my camera gear with me. Although, it is also fairly obvious that my gear is well used and not recently purchased in the USA!
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    I travel back and forth to Canada several times a year. A telescope should cause ZERO problems.
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    Default Re: Stargazing in the US

    I've made the trip up to bc several times and have had no problems.
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    Default Re: Stargazing in the US

    I make the trip every Fall and have had no problems. It would be a good idea to have a copy of the purchase papers you might be asked to prove where it was purchased. just C.Y.A.
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    Default Re: Stargazing in the US

    OK, thanks for the info.
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