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    Hello everyone, just need some advice here. I'm travelling to the other side of the continent in a few months and will be spending a month for vacation. I am planning to bring my Celestron 6se with me but I'm worried since this will be my first time bringing my scope for a long travel.

    So my question is, will altitude affect or damage the mirrors in my telescope? Should I package my scope in some way to make sure its safe. I only store my 6se in a duffle bag with the original foam that came with it so i'm not sure if that's enough. Would it be better to ship it by sea ahead of time?

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    I think that most people will advise you against checking your telescope as baggage aboard a commercial airline ... odds are that you will have junk upon arrival at your destination.

    I carried a telescope from California to Greece and back several times as carry-on luggage. There is no standard regarding size and weight for carry-on among the different airlines. At the moment, I think Air France has the most stringent requirements. Contact the airlines you maybe flying and get their carry-on requirements and let them know you will be carrying a telescope with you. The security folks will have a good time with you as telescopes are not commonly seen items so show up early and allow plenty of time between connections.

    I used a salesman's sample case for my telescope and mount. The tripod is disassembled and packed in a hard sided suitcase along with my clothing. Here are some photos of my C6S and SkyWatcher SynScan AZ GOTO mount and how I pack it for transporting (for air transport .. the hand tools, knife, etc. are packed in the suitcase with the tripod as they are forbidden items aboard aircraft.) Note: the C6S OTA is the same as the 6SE OTA except for the color.

    For power, I use NiMH batteries. I have ten in series. This provides about 4 hours of usage.

    Here is my kit ready for packing:



    Here is my kit packed and ready to go:


    ten cell AA battery pack with NiMH rechargeable batteries. You will need a charger that is dual voltage ... 120/240 (USA and most of the rest of the world have different voltages)

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    O think I would carefully package it, and have it shipped to my vacation address. Airlines have a nasty reputation.

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