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    Default New household member - now, how to carry it!



    OK, the rite of passage has been reached: my first telescope, the 8" Celestron SCT is currently a lovely piece of furniture, waiting patiently to be taken outside, like a dog overdue for her daily walk.


    Now, the question is: what is the wisest way to transport it? Specifically, what is the best combination of sections to disassemble/keep together to? The retailer advised me to remove the tube and the counter-weight, and leave the mount attached to the tripod.

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    Default Re: New household member - now, how to carry it!

    When you ask about transporting it, are you meaning in a vehicle or moving it from where you keep it, out to your yard? What tripod is your 8" on, what is your physical capability, and what obstacles are between where you keep your telescope and where you will use it? I used to pick up my C8 on the CG5 ASGT (older version of the AVX) and carry it about 15 feet outside over a fairly level path when viewing from my yard, because I could. Now, because I have steps, etc. in the way I would never try that. Usually, I take whichever mount I will use first, then the counterweights, then the telescope itself, then folding table/equipment. I keep my NEQ-6 on a tripod all the time, the ASGT and manual CG-5 are on a shelf without a tripod, and my AZ5 stays on its tripod all the time. When I travel somewhere, the telescope goes in a case or strapped down in the back seat of my CR-V while the mount head stays on its tripod and the weights are put in the back with the other gear.

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    Default Re: New household member - now, how to carry it!

    Hi and congratulations on your new telescope. There is not one answer to your question. For transport in my car I break my telescope down to tripoid, mount, OTA (optical tube assembly; the actual telescope), counterweight, and accessories (finder, hand controller, etc.) The smaller pieces pack more efficiently in my car. For movement between my house and the area i use for viewing/photography on my property I typically leave every thing assembled.
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    Default Re: New household member - now, how to carry it!

    Congrats on your new telescope! Enjoy it as long as you can.
    I keep my mount on the tripod, inside the house, legs out, by the front door. We never use that door anyway.
    I keep the OTA on my workbench, in the original box, in the unheated garage, so the OTA is close to outside temperature. If it was fully assembled, it most likely would get knocked over.
    (The weights are stored in their boxes too)
    I set up on the driveway pad.
    I walk the mount/tripod out the patio door down the decksteps, and then walkout the OTA straight out from the garage.
    Gotta love that new scope smell!
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