Re: AP1100 carrying to dark site - SUV mount?
I use a simple, plastic tub.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I wrap the declination part in a towel and lay it on the bottom of the tub. I set the RA section to zero degrees latitude. It also gets wrapped in a towel and laid on the floor of the tub. I have the two halves oriented so that they are space efficient. I wrap the top plate in a cut down piece of packing blanket, sized appropriately. I do the same with the CP4. Both of these lay on top of the two halves of the mount and I close the tub.
For the counterweights and shaft, I remove the thumbscrews and inserts and put them into a ziplock bag (this prevents them from getting broken in transit). I wrap each counterweight in a piece of packing blanket, and they all go in a different tub. I often travel with multiple mounts, so there can be a fair number of counterweights. I never try to move or lift the tub when loaded. The reason for the tub is so that it can sit on the floor of my cargo trailer and keep the counterweights protected and contained.
I use the Astro-Physics portable pier. The cylindrical section gets wrapped in a Harbor Freight packing blanket. I either strap it to the side of the cargo trailer, or lie it on the floor, depending on what else I am packing. The pier legs and turnbuckles are wrapped in a towel. I put down one leg first, and do one wrap. Then I lay down another leg and do one more wrap, and so on. The last thing that I wrap are the turnbuckles. This gives me a compact part that can be tucked into many different places.
The biggest pain is the part to which the pier legs attach. That's just an odd shape. I pack it a bit differently each time, depending on the rest of the load.
It sounds complicated, but that's because I am trying to be descriptive. It's all quite compact and can easily fit in the trunk of most cars.
On 9/11/21 9:17 AM, ap@... wrote:
I have been looking at various cases people have built, planning what to do, but I had a thought and curious if it's a sane one.