Most helpful critical review
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
The padded Orion Telescope case arrived in a 5lb box. Its primary purpose is to allow the user to move the telescope safely. However, upon receiving this bag, it was apparent that there was little thought given to the functionality. It does have padding yes, but thats about it - for almost 80 -90 dollars, I expected more value - especially given the quality of the telescope XT8 itself! It doesn't seem worthy of that telescope.
Here are the problems:
1) The handles are to the side of the bag, this immediately throws off the balance of the scope. You can see this in the picture as well.
2) I was expecting, there would be accessory pockets. Any observer willing to spend top dollar on the XT8 and case, can be reasonably expected to carry at least a notebook, some writing tools, a flashlight and a few lenses with his/her telescope. Orion failed to anticipate this - and the case has no feature or pockets to allow you to carry additional gear.
3) Once you have placed the telescope and zipped it up - and you want to carry it - you will realize that the handles are too big to carry it in hand - also off balance - and too short to sling it over your shoulder like a backpack.
However, given the lack of an alternative, if you do end up buying this bag, you will do well to put all your accessories in a cotton/plastic bag, before placing them inside the padded case. Also I have found that the best way to move the telescope with this bag is to carry it over your shoulder and guide it with your hand while holding the zippers (they come with attached threads). And be very careful about the ends of your telescope.
Overall very disappointed with this product.