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Douglas Preece

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2018, 06:14:47 PM »
Try the new Astro-Tech AT60ED, that should not give you any trouble as a carry on or portable scope. Actually should fit in a cloth bag in a jacket pocket, but will set of the metal detectors.

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2018, 05:23:01 AM »
An ST80 with 90° diagonal and carry on bag just showed up in the classifieds for $110.

It looks very nice in the pictures

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2018, 09:32:08 AM »
With small telescopes I find ballheads very handy: I set them at 90° so both alt and az totations will happen near the center of weight of the scope.
No slo-mo, but the system can track quite well

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2018, 05:06:27 PM »
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Options for 4" aperture and real mount for $500 get a little challenging. AR102 on twilight I or similar? A 130mm newt on a light alt az? Neither are airline portable.


One option for a 130mm newtonian that is airline portable would be the OneSky 130 from Astronomers Without Borders, since the OTA collapses to a bit less than 17" long. It is a great little scope for the price ($200), but you would need a different mount, since the included table top mount isn't really practical for air travel. A setup something like this might work:

http://www.theopport...ky-travelscope/

--Matt

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2018, 12:12:23 AM »
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Options for 4" aperture and real mount for $500 get a little challenging. AR102 on twilight I or similar? A 130mm newt on a light alt az? Neither are airline portable.


One option for a 130mm newtonian that is airline portable would be the OneSky 130 from Astronomers Without Borders, since the OTA collapses to a bit less than 17" long. It is a great little scope for the price ($200), but you would need a different mount, since the included table top mount isn't really practical for air travel. A setup something like this might work:

http://www.theopport...ky-travelscope/

--Matt
So in reply to my own reply, I was playing with my OneSky 130 the other day, and realized it is actually pretty easy to break down the mount included with this scope into pieces so that you could fit the scope AND mount into a single carry on bag for air travel.

You just need to remove one bolt at the base of the mount (I replaced the nut on mine with a wingnut and a lock washer so I can do it without a wrench), and then use a screwdriver to remove three screws. The wooden mount will then be broken down into three pieces that can be easily packed into a small bag. It only takes a few minutes.

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 06:01:07 AM »
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You guys both brought up binos, I have a decent pair of 10x50s, Should I just stick with those? They do fit all the criteria, I just thought a scope with my eyepieces might be better.

I don know. I think a pair of 15 X 70 binocs would do the trick. They meet ALL the requirements. Just my two cents...

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2018, 08:44:08 PM »
I used to have a 90 mak on an alt az mount worked well for me , but now as I travel by car to most dark sites I use my 5 inch SCT on a GO TO mount , nice and compact and works better than the 90 mak

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2018, 12:38:17 AM »
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Options for 4" aperture and real mount for $500 get a little challenging. AR102 on twilight I or similar? A 130mm newt on a light alt az? Neither are airline portable.


One option for a 130mm newtonian that is airline portable would be the OneSky 130 from Astronomers Without Borders, since the OTA collapses to a bit less than 17" long. It is a great little scope for the price ($200), but you would need a different mount, since the included table top mount isn't really practical for air travel. A setup something like this might work:

http://www.theopport...ky-travelscope/

--Matt
I just tried looking for this online, its not sold anywhere? Then i just looked up the flex 130 scope and I found them but only in the UK, doesn't look these are sold anywhere in the U.S.A, unless i'm missing something which in all likelihood i possible am.

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2018, 12:51:55 AM »
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Options for 4" aperture and real mount for $500 get a little challenging. AR102 on twilight I or similar? A 130mm newt on a light alt az? Neither are airline portable.


One option for a 130mm newtonian that is airline portable would be the OneSky 130 from Astronomers Without Borders, since the OTA collapses to a bit less than 17" long. It is a great little scope for the price ($200), but you would need a different mount, since the included table top mount isn't really practical for air travel. A setup something like this might work:

http://www.theopport...ky-travelscope/

--Matt
I just tried looking for this online, its not sold anywhere? Then i just looked up the flex 130 scope and I found them but only in the UK, doesn't look these are sold anywhere in the U.S.A, unless i'm missing something which in all likelihood i possible am.

They are so popular they are typically out of stock, but worth waiting for:
https://www.astronom...46bqpiqj9m0ih66

I'm on vacation in Hawaii right now with mine. It is by far the best travel scope I've ever owned. The tube fits in your luggage, and as mentioned you can disassemble the base for airline travel.

I have mine on a Vixen Porta II alt/az mount. I will be writing a review with photo's when I get back next week. It will be in the AWB OneSky thread. I placed the mount in a padded Orion scope bag and checked it as luggage.

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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2018, 03:13:36 AM »
still got to make my portable 6inf5, packs really really small.

even if I made a double ring uta, the packed size will be just as small.


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Re: Travel Portable Telescope
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2018, 11:24:57 AM »
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Hello everyone! I would like to buy a small scope to compliment my 8in Dob, specifically for times when the 8in is just too big. So I'm looking for something that I could fit into carry-on luggage, that will also work well with the stuff I already have. I have 2 very nice - 2in eyepieces ( a 17 and a 35) plus a bunch of junky ones. I also have a camera tripod good enough for about 13 pounds.

I currently have 2 scopes in mind, but I am very open to hearing about more. A used Astro-Tech AT72ED vs a new Orion 10149 StarBlast 62mm. The Orion comes with more stuffs, particularly the diagonal, but the AT72 is a better scope and will play well with my 2 inch eyepieces (plus less expensive used).

My main concern is that it is small enough to not give a second though to take it with me anywhere I go. My second concern is that I don't want to buy a junk scope. I think both fit the bill, and I think the AT72 is probably the better choice, but hopefully someone can confirm this for me and maybe even tell me about a better scope. $500 total investment (which includes any must get accessories) is as high as I can go.

Thanks everyone!!!

I have an AT72ED on a photo tripod. Scope, mount, tripod, finder, diagonal, and eyepiece weigh 14#. It's the same scope that Jon showed in post #9, but with a dedicated astro mount that weighs less than the 3047 photo head that Jon uses. It's about as portable as a telescope gets, and i believe the scope itself would meet airline carry-on requirements, but i prefer a hand-held binocular for air travel.

It's great for automobile travel, and tree dodging at home. I sometimes pack this rig on my back for a few miles to see events that I can't see from my home, but it's far more than i would want to take on a commercial airliner. It could be done though.