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    Default Dob Dolly Alternatives



    Has anyone here attempted to build a cart to move their large dobsonian telescope around? I have been looking at prices for the carts and they are not cheap. I bought a furniture dolly to move mine around but that is not very stable and cant use it in the grass.
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    Default Re: Dobsonian cart

    I know things like the Scope Buggy is expensive. Do you want a cart or wheelbarrow handles. I have handles on my 17.5 inch (see below pic). I wheel the rocker and mirror box out, remove the handles and then assemble the trusses and upper cage. You didn't mention if you had a solid tube or truss dob. Mine are aluminum square stock and were done by the guy who built my truss structure. Many use wheel barrow handles and 10 inch pneumatic wheels found at many hardware stores. The link below is one idea for that. Hope that helps some.

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    Default Re: Dobsonian cart

    Quote Originally Posted by charlesm View Post
    Has anyone here attempted to build a cart to move their large dobsonian telescope around? I have been looking at prices for the carts and they are not cheap. I bought a furniture dolly to move mine around but that is not very stable and cant use it in the grass.
    the trick to converting any kind of dolly for moving a scope into a yard friendly scope ATV is somewhat larger wheels than your average solid wheeled dolly, , preferably pneumatic, and slightly under inflated...longer handles give better leverage for controlling the load.....wider wheelbase makes the center of gravity more stable....
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    I have been wanting to buy a welder. This might be my excuse to buy one.

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    Default Re: Dobsonian cart

    Hi Charles and welcome to our Forum!

    Would these work for you? transporters

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    Default Re: Dobsonian cart

    I am also extremely interested in a Wheelbarrow type setup for my recently acquired Coutler 17.5 Dob. It is, of course, A solid tube and I really need to transport it all in one piece. Believe it or not I didn't really realize how heavy and awkward the tube was until I tried to store it in my shed alongside my 8" Starfinder. It was unbelievably difficult and left me a bit discouraged. I have tools and a small Mig welder so I can use metal if need be. I like KT4HX's setup but don't know if it would work with an intact scope?
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    Default Re: Dobsonian cart

    I love the wheelbarrow handles as a solution for moving a scope around. Too easy to rig up!
    My take on the cart dilemma was to create something different. I love making stuff for my scopes.
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    Default Re: Dobsonian cart

    Quote Originally Posted by DAVIDAMONETT View Post
    I am also extremely interested in a Wheelbarrow type setup for my recently acquired Coutler 17.5 Dob. It is, of course, A solid tube and I really need to transport it all in one piece. Believe it or not I didn't really realize how heavy and awkward the tube was until I tried to store it in my shed alongside my 8" Starfinder. It was unbelievably difficult and left me a bit discouraged. I have tools and a small Mig welder so I can use metal if need be. I like KT4HX's setup but don't know if it would work with an intact scope?
    By intact, I presume you mean a solid tube dob, such as your Coulter? Wheelbarrow handles will absolutely work with that. Here is an example that directly relates to your scope, courtesy of telescopbluebook.com. However, I would likely make them a little longer than those in the image to get better leverage and control. The same principle can work with any dob structure. But definitely utilize at least 10 inch pneumatic wheels. Hope that helps.

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    I have a 16" Skywatcher Dob with collapsible tube at 83kg, was fitted with rubber bushers as feet & no way to level it. My answer was to fit 6" pneumatic caster wheels, which I found in São Paulo Brasil, and made my own jacks (3 off). All of which has made setting up on a sloping site on my own sooo much easer. One important point is to drill a hole through both the top & bottom base plate & drop a bolt in to stop any stress on the encoder when you are pushing it around... But of course remember to remove it before you turn your scope on
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    Hi, I bought a used 12.5 f/6 Starsplitter Truss Dob in Dec. and it came with these 2 oak "wheely bars" that you bolt to the side of the base with the main mirror box in place on it. It has these nice pheumatic tires and you move the whole thing like a wheel barrow and it works good for moving this rather heavy scope which would be hard to manage without them. I am glad the guy I bought the scope from insisted that I would need them.
    I think you can buy these or perhaps make your own. It looks like all you would need is a couple of sufficiently long hardwood pieces, threaded "T" inserts, 4 threaded bolts, and nuts and washers and something for spacers (I just use some extra nuts and washers for spacers), 4 wholes drilled 2 on each side of the base for the 4 "T" inserts..
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