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Offline grebjack

trailer for a telescope?
« on: July 07, 2012, 08:31:51 am »
Is this a totally crazy idea?  I'd like to build or buy and modify a trailer so that I can drag my telescope out to the campground with me when I go for an overnight.  The scope doesn't weigh anything, but the tube is 1.2 meters long.  Am I crazy to even try this? Can I put in enough shock absorption to not crack the mirror?  I'd love to hear from someone else who has attempted this.  I'm tired of driving to dark skies.

Offline aggie

Re: trailer for a telescope?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2012, 10:45:41 am »
I have and use a trailer but I'm not sure it I'd want to carry something as delicate as a telescope.  There is only 1 trailer I'm aware of that comes with a shock to help absorb bumps.   This trailer (BOB Ibex) may (with enough other padding) keep the mirrors from shifting. 

Offline grebjack

Re: trailer for a telescope?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2012, 04:08:16 pm »
I'll have to check out the BOB Ibex.  Thanks for the response.

Offline bogiesan

Re: trailer for a telescope?
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2012, 09:31:42 am »
Is this a totally crazy idea?  I'd like to build or buy and modify a trailer so that I can drag my telescope out to the campground with me when I go for an overnight.  The scope doesn't weigh anything, but the tube is 1.2 meters long.  Am I crazy to even try this? Can I put in enough shock absorption to not crack the mirror?  I'd love to hear from someone else who has attempted this.  I'm tired of driving to dark skies.

As Aggie says, damagin the alignment of the optics is the risk. I think you need to research astronomy forums. There are a couple of guys in the Boise Astro group who show up at summer star parties on their bikes with trailers. Hhowever, I do not know if they transport their scopes on them.
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Offline gyro

Re: trailer for a telescope?
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2012, 09:26:51 pm »
> Is this a totally crazy idea?  I'd like to build or buy and modify a trailer so that I can drag my telescope out to the campground
> with me when I go for an overnight.  The scope doesn't weigh anything, but the tube is 1.2 meters long.  Am I crazy to even
> try this? Can I put in enough shock absorption to not crack the mirror?  I'd love to hear from someone else who has attempted
> this.  I'm tired of driving to dark skies.

It is not so crazy to carry a telescope out into the field, but it is usually handled with a APO refractor telescope instead of a reflector telescope. Some scopes such as the Celestron C5 were actually designed for backpacking into the field. A company called HuTech sells Borg refractor telescopes and many have been hauled up mountain peaks, into jungles, on cross-continental biking tours.

I know of at least one photographer who hauls an 80mm William Optics doublet with him on tours because his Sony NEX-7 camera system currently has no long telephoto available for wildlife photography. He doesn't use a trailer though. The scope is carried within a partitioned Pelican case inserted inside one of his Ortlieb rollup panniers.

By tube length, I'm assuming you have a Newtonian. Aside from the primary mirror, you also have your secondary mirror and eyepieces to protect. You could probably remove the primary, secondary and eyepieces and store them in foam within a handlebar bag or inside a partitioned Pelican case. Then carry the telescope tube and mount on a trailer. This assumes that your mirrors are easy to remove, install and realign.