Last updated: 21 January 2009
Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2009 15:14:53 From: Murphy, Thomas M. (firstname.lastname@example.org) I've been looking with despair for a budget case for my new ETX-125PE, seeing on your site that the Sears tool case hasn't been available. The wheeled suitcases I had used successfully for my ETX-90EC were not anywhere near big enough for the 125, especially with the finder. But, then I saw something at my local Menards (an upper Midwest version of Lowes or Home Depot). It's the Stanley "ProMobile ToolChest model 033025 (at least that's the only number on the label). The measurements given on the label are "24-3/16 X 14" X 16-1/2" " . There are some caveats to these: There's an axel 3 inches from one end 3 inches up from the bottom, but I covered that with padding and the OTA rests there. The height looks restricted by the lay-in tool tray, but I cut out one section of that to make room for the red dot finder, and put foam padding on the bottom of the rest, and it holds the scope down well (eggshell foam on the bottom of the chest as well. Its overall length inside at the bottom is only a little bit over the 20" you need for the 125, so I used a thin camping pad for one end, and fairly thin egg carton foam [orange-ish in the picture] at the other - the ETX barely fits in - you sort of have to bend the scope at the Dec swivel point, put in both ends, then straighten it out. But it's very well supported after that. I give no details on the rest of the foam fitting - I just used odds and ends from work - because I'm sure the rest of you can do a much better job! Price? It was on sale for $34.99, and normal price is $44.99. A bargain when on sale, for sure. I hope to use the tray to carry my AutoStar controller and power supply, etc. Hopefully the clear compartments in the top can hold some lenses - and laser and flashlight. I think this is a current product, so hopefully many of you can make use of it. For an ETX-90PE, of course, this should have a *Lot* of room! Thanks Mike, for all of your great work on this wonderful site. -Tom Murphy St. Paul, MN (wish us some clear, yet not -20F nights!)
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