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Rodinald Richards

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Leaving the scope outside
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:19:28 AM »
When I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of clear nights in a row, I have often considered getting a good excellent cover and departing the range out for a couple of days at a time.  Or even bringing in the range and only leaving the bracket aligned and ready to go.  Is that a sensible choice?  Are there any pitfalls I need to look out for?



Jairo Zilinskas

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 01:17:46 AM »
I leave my mount outside, ready leveled and ready to go. Just cover it with a 360 Telegizmo. When weather permits I remove the cover to let it vent. The scope is kept indoors, awaiting the RR observatory

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2017, 06:49:40 PM »
Yes. There are several threads discussing outdoor storage.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 12:52:27 AM »
Yes I do it all the time. C6 is stored in a storage box outside. Z8 is stored under Telegizmos cover. No issues storing it outside as long as theft is not an issue.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 08:39:01 AM »
I've left my rig setup in the yard for months at a time with only a Telegizmo 365 cover on it, only bringing it in if the weather looks severe. Only issue I've had is creepy crawlies tend to find it a nice home so I tend to check on things every few days to clean them out. Once I didn't check for a while and a yellow jacket nest had taken residence under the tripod base.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 09:46:36 AM »
Likewise here. I leave my old CG4 mount outside with a large trash bag over it and then a medium size white trash can over this. Only the lower few inches of the tripod legs are exposed. The problem here in Tucson is damage from the sun's UV. I frequently leave the scope out overnight and bring it in early in the morning and re-cover the mount. At one of my former homes in CA, I made a cheap, but very stable permanent pier for a C8 out of 3 concrete blocks bolted together by drilling holes through the block ends with a masonry bit and using very large washers (+ lock washers) to prevent block cracking. The lower block was set in a hole full of concrete and the top block had a Celestron wedge bolted to it which was permanently aligned. It was an easy to build, cheap, yet solid pier. I used the holes in the blocks for eyepieces, etc.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 07:02:00 AM »
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When I'm lucky enough to have a few clear nights in a row, I've often considered getting a good quality cover and leaving the scope outside for a few days at a time. Or even bringing in the scope and just leaving the mount aligned and ready to go. Is this a reasonable option? Are there any pitfalls I should look out for?


1) Theft. It may be rare but it does happen, as evidenced by a few recent posts by CN members

2) Droppings. Bird, leaves, etc. I cover mine with a 30 gallon trash bag when I'm going to leave it out (like last night)

3) Weather can be fickle. Be sure it'll be reasonably nice the next day and if so, that the wind won't be excessive.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 04:44:59 PM »
Monitor and control humidity under the cover !

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 03:50:53 PM »
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When I'm lucky enough to have a few clear nights in a row, I've often considered getting a good quality cover and leaving the scope outside for a few days at a time. Or even bringing in the scope and just leaving the mount aligned and ready to go. Is this a reasonable option? Are there any pitfalls I should look out for?

I got a good quality cover for my mount, and it lives outside ready to mount my telescope (stored inside).
I use a 32 gallon plastic trash can as my 'Dome'. With a waterproof canvas bag from a smoker Bar-B-Que over the mount first.
A Friend in Great Britain told me, "Sonny, that gives a whole new meaning to the term "Binning"."

It's my $10 dome.




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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 12:38:24 AM »
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A Friend in Great Britain told me, "Sonny, that gives a whole new meaning to the term "Binning"." lol.gif
It's my $10 dome.
As Bonnie sang so eloquently, "It ain't the meat, it's the motion"

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 03:00:31 PM »
Thanks for all the tips! I think I'm going to look into the telegizmo 365, and leave my mount out when the weather is good for a bit.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 11:43:22 PM »
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<p class="citation">QuoteA Friend in Great Britain told me, "Sonny, that gives a whole new meaning to the term "Binning"." lol.gif
It's my $10 dome.
As Bonnie sang so eloquently, "It ain't the meat, it's the motion"[/quote]
My Baby Sister told me that once....

I filed it under "Too Much Information".

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 07:57:09 AM »
FWIW, I don't leave mine outside. All 3 scope, eyepieces, binoculars and such, live in a well ventilated unheated garage.  When I am ready to observe, the scope is already at or near ambient temperature. The two tripod mounted scopes are fully assembled and ready to go. The 8" Dob sits on a cart so I can roll it out to my observing area on the sidewalk.

Don't know if that helps.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 02:40:41 AM »
Unheated garage is the best option. Mine is unfortunately heated and my driveway faces my neighbors floodlights. Back yard is quite secluded and fenced hence I end up storing it in the backyard.
All my telescopes are worth less than $400 each. I am not worried about theft.

The joy of using large aperture fully cooled scope right away is unbelievable. No need be stuck with 3"-4" refractor just because it cools faster.

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Re: Leaving the scope outside
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2018, 01:29:22 AM »
I bought a cover from Telegizmos so that I could leave my scope outside on those rare occassions that we get several clear nights in a row. The cover is a bit more sophisticated than I thought that it was going to be (silver on the outside, blue on the inside), extremely well built, and very durable. It does a great job! Mine is not one of the tougher 365 covers, but I have left my scope outside for up to 5 days of fair weather and it worked great! It is soooo nice to just pull the cover off, plug everything in, and I'm good to go.