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Orion 15174 47x13.5x18.5 Inches Padded Telescope Case (Blue)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2006
I am happy with this padded case from Orion as far as protection for my Reflector Tube Assembly. However, I am a little disappointed in the way the straps are placed. The straps are too long to carry the case from your hand hanging by your side and when you carry it over your shoulder one end wants to dip down toward the ground. This means you have to really concentrate to be sure that your tube assembly does not bump the ground accidentally.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
You have a choice to make here.

If you plan to leave your scope in the garage, or porch, and if moving it to your view site is easy, then you do not need this bag. It is just a waste of money, and it is bulky.

If you plan on transporting the scope to another location, you need the protection of the bag. I don't think I could safely transport my scope without it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2012
I bought this bag to store my 8" Dobsonian in. It works as advertised but my only complaint is the price. This bag is nothing special, not even a zippered side pocket to carry any extras. This is a case when a manufacturer has found a niche market and is gouging because of it. There is nothing really wrong with the quality, though it's nothing special but it's clear Orion was more interested is producing a bag for as little as possible and selling them at a premium price. Since it's the only game in town consumers take it on the chin. Does it do the job, yes. is it worth the money? Well that's something you'll have to decide for yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2009
This case makes it super easy to transport the XT8!! I'd say a must have...I've tried carrying the scope mounted in it's base. It's just awkward. The handles on this case are long enough to use as shoulder strap! Love it!
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2011
I thought this would be a great purchase buy upon receiving it I realized that is does not include a divider to protect the scope from other pieces. In the literature they speak of an optional divider and straps but am not sure where to find that instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2013
This case works perfectly at protecting your xt8. Although it is too expensive, thus the reason for only 3 stars. If this case was 30-40 dollars less it would easily be 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
I bought this padded case to transport my Orion XT8 Dobsonian Telescope. The construction is of very high quality, with the Orion logo nicely embroidered on it. I used it over Memorial Day weekend for the first time and it made transporting my scope very easy. The scope tube fits in the bag just right and the carrying straps are a little off center so that it balances out the heavier part of the tube that houses the primary mirror. The bag only fits the scope tube...not the dobsonian mounting base, which is carried separately. I highly recommend this padded case if you plan on transporting your telescope with any frequency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2010
I like the bag very much as we travel and plan to take the scope with us on camping trips. The bag also provides a protective container to keep the scope in at home. I wish the bag had some pockets for storing eyepieces, the finder scope and various tools, red flashlight, etc. I solved that problem by purchasing some inexpensive all-purpose zipper bags from the stationary department of a local superstore ($2.97ea). I bought bright colors so they would be easier to see in the dark. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I bought my Orion XT8 Dobsonian telescope I opted to buy the carrying case also. That was a good decision. Although it is expensive it is also very high quality and prevents the dents and dings from moving the scope from location to location. If you are going to only use the scope in your back yard you probably don't need it but if you are like me and like going to darker locations and star parties then it becomes essential. Well worth the money....
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