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    Default Re: Scopebuggy Review



    Finally received my scopebuggy and had a chance to roll it out. It took a lot longer than I expected for delivery, about 5 weeks. Wasn't a problem for me, because I was out of the country for part of that time, but I was beginning to wonder. So, if you order on line, as I did, don't be surprised if it doesn't arrive for a few weeks.

    Something I learned the hard way is that telescopes are top heavy (duh), and are unstable on uneven ground. My 8" Orion fell off the scope buggy while I was rolling it up a very very shallow hill. Others have mentioned this, but I didn't realize just how easily my scope could fall off. Fortunately no damage done, just needed to recollimate everything.

    I'm debating tying my tripod to the buggey so it can't fall off, or may just limit the terrain I travel.

    I also found the frame to be more "wobbly" than I expected. Most of the parts are just a slip fit, so I'm thinking about drilling some holes and using self-tapping screws to stabilize everything.

    One thing that really irks me about the buggey is the fact that the tow loop on the front isn't large enough to swing over the front wheel assembly. I'd like to be able to just swing the tow part up for storage, but it runs into the frame, and needs to be removed. I just know that I'm going to lose the tow bar or the bin in my garage.

    Overall, I'm pleased, but need to learn where I can and can't take it.

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    Default Re: Scopebuggy Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimk33 View Post
    Finally received my scopebuggy and had a chance to roll it out. It took a lot longer than I expected for delivery, about 5 weeks. Wasn't a problem for me, because I was out of the country for part of that time, but I was beginning to wonder. So, if you order on line, as I did, don't be surprised if it doesn't arrive for a few weeks.

    Something I learned the hard way is that telescopes are top heavy (duh), and are unstable on uneven ground. My 8" Orion fell off the scope buggy while I was rolling it up a very very shallow hill. Others have mentioned this, but I didn't realize just how easily my scope could fall off. Fortunately no damage done, just needed to recollimate everything.

    I'm debating tying my tripod to the buggey so it can't fall off, or may just limit the terrain I travel.

    I also found the frame to be more "wobbly" than I expected. Most of the parts are just a slip fit, so I'm thinking about drilling some holes and using self-tapping screws to stabilize everything.

    One thing that really irks me about the buggey is the fact that the tow loop on the front isn't large enough to swing over the front wheel assembly. I'd like to be able to just swing the tow part up for storage, but it runs into the frame, and needs to be removed. I just know that I'm going to lose the tow bar or the bin in my garage.

    Overall, I'm pleased, but need to learn where I can and can't take it.
    They build the units from scratch when you order them, and don't maintain a stock of them. That's why the long delivery time. They are also a mom and pop business and do much of the work themselves, hence the longer wait times.

    As for your issues with the buggy, if you check my updates I've done to this post you'll find the fixes I used to resolve the issues you've mentioned. Here is the quick version though;

    I replaced the standard nuts with lock nuts and cranked them down, so the frame doesn't slip or wiggle at all. I also added several washers on the axles to take up the slop in the wheels, which also eliminated a lot of wobble. I used a couple washers on the pull rod as well so it's not as sloppy.

    Lastly I used 10" rubber bungees to strap the tripod legs to the frame of the scope buggy (see photos on my update on page 1). That is a MUST in my opinion. I have had no issues of any kind with the scope trying to leave the buggy since doing that, regardless rough terrain, sloped terrain or even when the entire thing tried to tip over when pulling it up a steep incline. I just pushed back down on the front wheel and the entire thing dropped right back down. Had I not had the mount strapped to the frame with the bungees, the telescope definitely would have gone over. Strapping the mount to the frame is a must in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Scopebuggy Review

    Ghostryderflyby - now that you mention it, I remember reading your comments about fine-tuingn a scopebuggey before purchasing mine, just forgot about them. I'll go back an read you detailed discussion, and will definitely do them. Thanks for the advice.

    As for bolt tightening, the only bolts holding my scopebuggy together are two in the front bar holding the rear axel assembly to it. The two rear axel pieces just slip in are are held by friction from the weight of the scope. No bolts, screws or holes for any.

    Now that you mention the washers on the wheels, it could be that a lot of the wobblyness that I felt was from the wheels needing to be shimmed.

    Finally, sorry if it sound like I was complaining about delivery time. Part of the reason I chose scopebuggey was to support a mom and pop operation. I was expecting 3 weeks, and it turned out to be closer to 6. I was just giving people a heads-up so they know what to expect. I still recommend scopebuggey.

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    What the heck happened to all my pictures I had on this review and my follow up fixes? All my pictures are MIA! I still have all of the pictures that I linked to in the same location on my FB page, so they are still available. Not sure why they are no longer displaying.
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    Default Re: Scopebuggy Review

    very good review - thank you

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    It used to have pictures, as did the update I did with my fix for keeping the mount on the buggy. I still have all of the pictures hosted online, so I'm not sure why they aren't displaying in the review anymore. Grrr.
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    And here are my fix photos;

    I shimmed the wheel axles and front wheel pivot with large washers to get rid of the wheel slop and used a key pin to hold them in place.
    ghostryderflyby-albums-equipment-picture68160-i-used-large-washers-shim-axles-pivot-key-pins-hol.jpg

    I also used a 10" rubber bungie on each tripod leg to hold the mount on the buggie. Wrapping them around the Scopebuggy axle then around the tripod leg and clipping them on the leg cups. It works fantastic.
    ghostryderflyby-albums-equipment-picture68154-using-10-bungie-secure-mount-leg-scopebuggy.jpg

    All 3 tripod legs so you can see how they are secured to the Scopebuggy now. There is no movement at all, even on steep inclines or bumpy yards. The mount may as well be glued to the Scopebuggy.
    ghostryderflyby-albums-equipment-picture68155-view-all-3-legs-secured-bungies.jpg

    The Scopebuggy handle can be turned 180 degrees and tucked back against the frame so it is completely out of the way during observation, and there is no need to remove the handle.
    ghostryderflyby-albums-equipment-picture68161-handle-can-swiveled-tucked-back-against-scopebuggy.jpg

    I don't have a photo but I also swapped out the 2 standard nuts on the frame for 2 lock nuts, so I shouldn't ever have to worry about them coming loose. As previously stated, spending about $7-$10 on some large washers to use as shims, key pins, luck nuts and rubber bungies solved all of my complaints. I'd like to see Scopebuggy shore up their tollerances or provide shims, and provide a way to secure the tripod to the buggy, but by spending less than $10 USD, you can resolve the issues yourself and have a great way to move around your large heavy telescope.

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    I just ordered one of these today, probably won't get it until mid-November! I don't have a lawn, I have a yard, this should be able to clear the fall/winter wild spurts of growth that seem to pop up. Larry Fisher (Scopebuggy) suggested that I bolt my Dob base right to the scopebuggy. I would first like to set the Dob base on a piece of vinyl to try and keep moisture from grass dew or snow off the Dob base. Thank's to the OP for the objective review, tips, and reclaimed pictures!

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    Just as a side, I spoke with Scopebuggy today (with a question), and they were done with my buggy and shipping it today! It just may be a slow period for them, but the turn-around time has only been a couple of weeks!

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