Transporty your GT-1
- Ok, this may be of interest to those of you who will be transporty
your GT-1 to star parties. I've worked out cases for the entire mount
Step 1, The Mount head and tripod tray:
I bought a Contico case from the local hardware store. It's called the
Ultimate Tote. It's 16 gallons and the dimensions are 28" long by 18"
wide by 12.5" high. I cut some 2" foam pad to fit the bottom and the
mount head sets inside. I cut some more foam for the ends but the
mount fits snugly inside and the sides do not have room. After setting
the mount head in, I put a cut section of 1/2" sleeping pad (from
camping section of department store) on top of it. The tripod tray
fits on top of that and I put another piece of the 2" foam on top of
it. Everything is well protected and the case is not too bulky.
Step 2, The Tripod:
I bought a padded case from Orion to fit the 6" and 8" SkyQuest Dob
tube assembly for $44.95. The catalog number is 15160. It's a few
inches longer than the tripod and there's room for some 1/2" padding
on the top and bottom. I then took another sleeping pad and cut it to
fit the inside of the case for added protection for the tripod. The
tripod fits beautifully in this. The sleeping pads were on sale for
$5.00 and I used two for the project.
Step 3, the counterweights:
I bought a six-pack zippered cooler that has a plastic tray inside.
The counterweight fits very nicely <G>.
I can now transport my GT-1 safely without worrying about it getting