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    Default carry handle for ota



    I am looking for a strap and handle to put ona 10 inch ota

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    Ebay and or Ace hardware may have what you need

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    Check out VelStraps. I picked mine up at Ace Hardware for about $8 each. Their intended purpose is to be used for carrying around bundles of PVC pipe. The 36" straps have a handle on them and fit my 12" Dob just right.

    ScopeTotes will do the same thing and have a wire sewn into them, so they don't stretch quite as much. But, the last time I checked, they were about $70 each for my 12" Dob.

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    While they are a bit more expensive ($59.99), I use Scope-Totes. I cannot vouch for the $8.00 items,
    but these are heavy duty with built in handles. I'd rather not take my chances of dropping my scope ...

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    I use two Strap-a-Handles on my Z10. Sure is a nice way to lug it from the garage to the backyard and set it back in it's base. Got mine at Staples, but they are sold elsewhere. I leave them on the OTA at all times.

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    So far the VelStraps have worked out quite well. I've had them on the scope for about 2 years with no issues. The ones I'm using are rated for 150 pounds and used to carry around loads of PVC pipe. Using them on an OTA seemed like a logical extension of that intended use.

    The OTA of my 12" Dob weighs about 60 pounds, so I'm well within the weight rating.

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    So far the VelStraps have worked out quite well. I've had them on the scope for about 2 years with no issues. The ones I'm using are rated for 150 pounds and used to carry around loads of PVC pipe. Using them on an OTA seemed like a logical extension of that intended use.

    The OTA of my 12" Dob weighs about 60 pounds, so I'm well within the weight rating.

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    Exactly, things like the VelStraps and Strap-a-Handles are made to carry way more load than the OTA will present. They provide a very workable, cheaper alternative to the ScopeTotes. Plus they are adjustable to a wide variety of tube sizes.
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    Sounds like there's some good information here. Thanks guys.
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