Last updated: 31 December 2003
Subject: ETX 125/105 Case Date: 12/30/03, 12:58 From: Peter Green (PeterNGreen@mchsi.com) Like many others I will lead off with "Great site!" I have an ETX125 and LX90 and have learned a lot about astronomy and telescopes in general from your site. A year a go, I bought an ETX125 with UHTC. I was looking for something more portable than my LX90. I don't intend to travel with the 125, but I did want something that was easy to load into the car and drive to a dark location. I considered buying a commercial case, but I opted for a modified tool box version. I saw some feedback on the Sears case, and after some searching found a great toolbox at Lowes. This Stanley tool box set cost around $60. The main box is slightly bigger than the Sears case, has 6 inch wheels, aluminum sides and a pull out handle for easy transportation (the Stanley box seems to be built much better than the Sears box). There is a bonus toolbox that attaches to the top of the main box that adds extra storage. (The systems works with or without the smaller tool box attached). Having an LX90, I have found the extra toolbox very handy to store power cables, flashlights, star charts and other accessories shared by the ETX and LX90. This system gives you tons of stoage! To secure the ETX inside the box, I built a wooden frame. The frame was built with 1" pine, and I used the dust cap from the ETX as a guide for drawing the cutouts on the wood. I cut the "cradle" about 3/8 inch larger than the telescope dimensions to allow for the addition of padding. To pad the telescope, I found 3/4" wide, 7/16" inch thick rubber foam weatherseal (available at Lowes or local hardware store). I glued the foam to all side of the frame that contact the telescope (see picture). A couple bungee cords keep the ETX nicely secured to the frame. The telescope and frame fit nicely into the main toolbox. Obviously I would not use this setup for airline travel, but it works great for general storage and transporting the ETX to friends' house or to the local observing park. Enjoy!
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