Stargazer95050

Stargazer95050

Posted on 04/28/2015


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Shrinking is not the same as "Down-sizing"

Shrinking is not the same as "Down-sizing"
Instead of letting go ("downsizing"), I choose to keep features and just put them into a smaller package. This isn't a photo- or astronomy case -- instead I got it at a hardware store. With a few DIY skills (find suitable boxes or design your own dividers), you can tailor this to carry your photo gear.

As you can see, this isn't the bag you want to take for a hike or stroll -- instead it is a bag you may want to use for timelapse shoots or sports-events or even high-res panorama-shoots. The carry-on style size + wheels make this a bulky bag to carry -- but when there's a concrete surface and you have a short ... medium distance, this "bag " beats many "rucksack"-style camera-bags and you can carry heavier equipment over longer distances with less back-pain.
Personally, I find the 14"-wide model (shown above) most suitable, the 18"-wide model can carry bigger SLR-tele. If you have to transport several big tele, I suggest to read this : /stargazer95050/37839034 -- nowadays I don't do that anymore.
While I really like the first version of my "Astro-Van" & "Astro-Cart" /stargazer95050/30107697 that cart wouldn't fit into my smaller car (a Honda Fit).


Hauling around a (heavy) carry-on luggage is for photographers who are able to park their cars within a reasonable walking distance (and not to rough grounds) -- you can make trade-offs. Less weight means more mobility -- more important, that setup can transport a moderately heavy setup over long stretches -- as long as the sidewalk is of decent quality..

In this example you see how I combine that tool-cart with my astronomy gear & laptop. The new cart holds 2 separate Li-ION battery packs. One to power the mount, the other to power the USB components (CCD-camera, focuser, hub, guide-camera, ...)
Now the laptop is situated close to the ground instead of a "table" -- with a wireless mouse/trackball you can mostly makeup for that inconvenience. I will add a small stool or foldable chair in the future
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Longer story : /blog/stargazer95050/892344

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My previous setup was transportable -- it was tailored to a bigger van and was very good fit
/stargazer95050/30107697 & /stargazer95050/19813205
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.