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    Default Looking for 8se caryning case



    I am looking for an 8se case or bag that would let me leave the accessories on the telescope - I have a finder, starsense, and focus motor. Taking these off an remounting in the field wouldd present problems.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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    Default Re: Looking for 8se caryning case

    Any large plastic storage box or something like will work.
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    Default Re: Looking for 8se caryning case

    Walmart had a nice Sterilite footlocker with wheels for $21 and a foam twin size mattress pad for $12 that might work. Lots of other plastic containers too.

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    Default Re: Looking for 8se caryning case

    Only recently acquired a SE6, and then took the plunge and acquired a William Optics 81mm. Like you, I've been looking for something that's practical, weather resistant, and with a good airtight seals. A Pelican case is the way to go but way too expensive. I'm in an urban setting with two big sodium light poles on either side of my house - I've got a well lite house to say the least. So, I've had to settle on taking short trips to better viewing sites - several within 15 miles that have nice accommodations and open skies.

    Hope this first post doesn't come across like I'm selling or a sponsor, rather I'm a little compulsive on keeping things organized - my first trip out and I forgot the power cord for the mount - was a perfect night that was spoiled - but lesson learned.

    So, after doing some measurements, stumbled upon the stackable Rigid Tool Boxes - other tool brands like DeWalt, Milwaukee, etc. have similar products, but the Rigid price point was the most attractive. All of the Rigid boxes have a nice rubber seal, can be locked together, and stacked. I use my original shipping foam materials to store the scope (and mount) in the lower (wheeled container with handle), plus other cables, wires and extension cords.

    Bottom box has an interior size that is roughly 18" x 18" x 23" (tested the capacity by bringing the foam shipping materials to the big box retailer) and used some extra foam to ensure a firm, snug fit.

    Stacked on top of this box is another of the similar size for the mount/wedge (which I've yet to use), then another box slimmer box (13" x 6" x 22") with "pluck-n-pull" foam that holds all my eyepieces, diagonal, cameras, etc. You can get a similar box with a clear top that has individual compartments - looks like it also has a nice rubber seal. Each of the boxes are very rigid, have good tight latches, with nice aesthetics.

    The total cost was US$132 (tax included), plus about US$25 for the foam and the desiccant material that I keep in each box. Everything stays very dry, dust free, and the stackable boxes become my laptop stand (had do to some improvising to keep the laptop from sliding off). Will do the same setup for the Williams Optics refractor and Celestron AVX mount.

    If you are really serious about organizing these boxes, there's pre-cut foam that can be purchased separately - a little pricey but will create a very customized solution- google "foam for Rigid tool boxes".

    I bungee cord the tripod and my folding chair to the stacked boxes, and roll them across about 100 yards of grass to a concrete pad and covered shelter. I can usually be setup in 15 minutes or less.

    My other hobby is Ham Radio and on field days setup remotely, so the next project is to use one of these boxes for my "go box" or battery power station - install a 20 amp hour sealed AGM battery, 300 watt pure sine wave inverter, 12v Anderson Power Pole strips, and NOCO battery charger. Up to this point, have used the Ham Radio "go box" - works well but don't need to be toting around a 100 amp hour AGM battery for astrophotography!

    One suggestion, and the wheeled footlocker mentioned above was my other option under consideration.
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    Default Re: Looking for 8se caryning case

    I bought a Husky Tool Box at Home Depot. 35in Mobile Job Tool Box. It's sturdy and has large wheels so I can roll it across dirt/grass with no worries. I did buy heavy duty handles and attach them on all four sides, so that I can move it in and out of my hatchback easily. I am using the original foam (I did trim the one for the mount). The OTC (8SE), the mount and my huge Celestron RACI finder-scope. I bought a padded tripod bag, for the tripod and all other accessories. I have a metal padded case for eyepieces, diagonal and Barlow.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-35...2167/205053257
    Newbie. Originally had a NexStar 4SE for 2 years and was very disappointed. I wanted to see galaxies and nebulas, so now I have a NexStar 8SE. I’ll edit this as I gain experience with the new scope.

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    Default Re: Looking for 8se caryning case

    I wanted to clarify that in the rolling tool box, I have the OTC (8SE), the mount and the huge Celestron RACI Finder scope.
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    Newbie. Originally had a NexStar 4SE for 2 years and was very disappointed. I wanted to see galaxies and nebulas, so now I have a NexStar 8SE. I’ll edit this as I gain experience with the new scope.

 

 

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