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    Thanks for the review. I'm new to this site, so I hope this question is going to the right destination. My question is: what is the distance between the outside of the outer wheels on the Scopebuggy? I want to know how I would wheel it through my 35" wide sliding patio door opening.

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    The axles are designed to slide to wider or thinner widths, depending on how tall you set your tripod, and subsequently how wide the legs of the tripod are. I have my tripod set to about 3.5 feet high on the Scopebuggy, and at the leg width for that height the Scopebuggy still fits through my standard size man gate (3.5 feet wide I think) with a few inches to spare. If the gate were smaller, then I could just lower the tripod and shorten the axle distance between the wheels and still get it to fit. So bottom line, fit isn't an issue since the axle adjusts as needed.

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    Hi Steve,

    Didn't want to assume you had already viewed the Scopebuggy site * ScopeBuggy.com * USA Telephone: (915) 443-9010 * , but did you check out the mini-buggy. The mini-buggy wouldn't be as stable as the standard width models, but can be made to accomodate much narrower doors. At first I thought the price was high, but now I'm ready to buy a second one for my refractor. My 12" dob is much bigger and heavier than my refractor, but thanks to the buggy, much less fuss to use.

    Oops, you also need to consider ground clearance. These things hug the ground on average of 4" from bottom of frame to ground. Should clear the track on your patio doors, but can get hung up on uneven or radical ground surface transitions.

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if anyone else has gone the ScopeBuggy route and know if they have made them abit closer WRT tolerances.

    Thanks!

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    Here I go hijacking another thread.

    I'm interested in getting a scopebuggy for Christmas. I will be using it with an AVX mount and Orion 8" Astrograph.

    The AVX tripod is 31" tip to tip. I'm assuming the standard scopebuggy minimum cup separation will accommodate that?

    I've also not been successful connecting with the manufacturer by phone or email. Likely they are traveling or otherwise occupied. However, I'm curious as to whether they are still providing the scopebuggy and what the expected delivery time might be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcsplinters View Post
    The AVX tripod is 31" tip to tip. I'm assuming the standard scopebuggy minimum cup separation will accommodate that?

    I've also not been successful connecting with the manufacturer by phone or email. Likely they are traveling or otherwise occupied. However, I'm curious as to whether they are still providing the scopebuggy and what the expected delivery time might be.
    The rear axle on the scopebuggy slides apart to accommodate wider or thinner tripods, and the foot cups for the tripod also slide on the axle adding further accommodation for varying sizes of tripods, and or extension of the tripod legs. So it should fit your tripod just fine. As for if they are still in business, that one I can't answer as I haven't had any need to contact them since I received mine. I do note that they now have a "gen3" added to their site address, which they did not have when I ordered mine, so it looks like they may have made some improvements since I received mine and possibly have resolved some of the minor issues I had noted in my review. * ScopeBuggy.com * USA * (915) 443-9010

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    I was disappointed by the loose, sloppy and wobbly fit of everything. I was even more disappointed by the owner of the companies response. "It's fine once you put the feet down."
    I was able to buy a bunch of nylon and steel flat washers plus I replaced the cotter keys with cotter hairpin clips. This made it a whole bunch better.
    If you are not on pavement you will need some blocks or bricks to put under the screw down feet. They are not really feet just threaded bolts that will dig into the ground.

    They claim to build their own wheels. Well you can but the identical wheels at Harbor Freight.
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    I've been using two of the standard size models for a few years now. I understand your concern regarding the wobbly feel of the rear wheel assembly but has never been an issue "in the field" due to the weight of the payloads bearing down. The tires are cheap garbage and will dry rot in a year's time. I bought tubeless solid core tires at a farm supply store on sale for $15 each and problem solved. Both scope rigs that set on my buggies are very heavy (for me anyway). I use 2x6 blocks for leveling as the leveling bolts easily bend with heavy rigs. I have a yard, not a lawn, but I am able to navigate the rough spots despite the minimal ground clearance of the carts. My complaints are with the battery tray, a worthless option due to the flimsy gauge of metal they use, and the "T" handle which is held in place with a cotter pin. I am working on a quick disconnect because I trip over the damn things constantly as they do not lay flat on the ground. The scopes/tripods need to be securely bungeed down as there is a serious potential top heavy tip-over factor; even when the scopes are strapped down securely. I've almost tipped the entire cart over backwards on occasion while pulling forward and turning even on small grades. The "T" handle is not practical on anything less than level hard surfaces. I'm thinking of welding two heavy pipes on the rear of the cart to which a fabricated bar handle will fit. I'll push it like a shopping cart which will provide a much safer feel for stability.

    I imagine most, if not all manufactured carts have similar issues. I look at it in terms as a "starting point" and there is need to "McGyver" or improvise workarounds to best suit your terrain. So as purchased, they are a good starting point. I even added a bar on one of the carts to hold counterweights. Bottom line is I couldn't manage the scopes without the Scopebuggies. Its a "love-hate" relationship until you learn the quirks and modify to suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rytch View Post
    I've been using two of the standard size models for a few years now. I understand your concern regarding the wobbly feel of the rear wheel assembly but has never been an issue "in the field" due to the weight of the payloads bearing down. The tires are cheap garbage and will dry rot in a year's time. I bought tubeless solid core tires at a farm supply store on sale for $15 each and problem solved. Both scope rigs that set on my buggies are very heavy (for me anyway). I use 2x6 blocks for leveling as the leveling bolts easily bend with heavy rigs. I have a yard, not a lawn, but I am able to navigate the rough spots despite the minimal ground clearance of the carts. My complaints are with the battery tray, a worthless option due to the flimsy gauge of metal they use, and the "T" handle which is held in place with a cotter pin. I am working on a quick disconnect because I trip over the damn things constantly as they do not lay flat on the ground. The scopes/tripods need to be securely bungeed down as there is a serious potential top heavy tip-over factor; even when the scopes are strapped down securely. I've almost tipped the entire cart over backwards on occasion while pulling forward and turning even on small grades. The "T" handle is not practical on anything less than level hard surfaces. I'm thinking of welding two heavy pipes on the rear of the cart to which a fabricated bar handle will fit. I'll push it like a shopping cart which will provide a much safer feel for stability.

    I imagine most, if not all manufactured carts have similar issues. I look at it in terms as a "starting point" and there is need to "McGyver" or improvise workarounds to best suit your terrain. So as purchased, they are a good starting point. I even added a bar on one of the carts to hold counterweights. Bottom line is I couldn't manage the scopes without the Scopebuggies. Its a "love-hate" relationship until you learn the quirks and modify to suit.

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    For the tripping on the T handle bit, I found that simply rotating the front wheel 178 degrees after I get the scope in place, and lying the T handle back adjacent to the frame, gets it out of the way and prevents tripping over it.

    On the wobbly wheel front, all of my pictures are MIA but I used washers to shim all of the wheels and that stopped all of the wheel wobble on the cheap. I also replaced the cotter pins with key/hairpin type pins for ease of use.

    I haven't had any issue with my tires dry rotting. The originals are still in great shape 7 years on now. I do keep my scope in my garage and out of the weather though, so that may be why I haven't had issues with them.

    As for the stability issue, again all of my photos have gone missing, but I used heavy duty rubber bungies, and wrapped them around the tripod legs of my scope, and around the frame of the scope buggy, clipping them on the foot cups. That has held my scope in place on the buggie like it was welded to it, and prevented any tips or spills of the scope from the buggy.

    I wish my photos hadn't gone missing. Those would have been helpful for folks.
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    I have a problem with the frame underside (about a foot back from the lead wheel) scraping the ground bringing the cart to a sudden stop. If I pull too hard, the front wheel lifts off the ground and the cart wants to flip over backwards. I don’t have a lawn, I have a yard and it hardly takes much uneven terrain for the cart to hang up. Anyone else having this issue and have you figured a resolution? Larger wheels would be expensive and require extensive mod to the lead wheel harness. Oh well, without the buggies I could never manage the larger scopes at all.

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