Move Your Dob with a Transporting Trolley
Submitted: Wednesday, 29th June 2005 by Mike Salway
My house and yard isn't an ideal design for observing.. In my back yard I have a few "prime" flat observing areas, but from those areas tall gumtrees obscure my view of the north and west sky. So that means I need to move my scope around my backyard during an observing session to find areas where the trees aren't in my way.
Also with my house being on a sloping block, the garage is under the house, so moving the OTA + base to and from downstairs in the garage where it was stored, was going to get boring very quickly.
I'd only had my telescope for 2 days when I'd had enough of carrying the OTA + base in two trips every time I needed to shift it.
My first thoughts were to construct a 4-wheeled dolly to sit the scope on and pull it around, however the castors were costly and it wasn't going to help me get it up and down stairs.
I had a better idea to use a Trolley (or hand-truck), similar to this one that I searched on the 'net for. Keep reading to find out what you need and how it works..
The following is a list of parts you'll need to create a useable transport trolley for your dobsonian base + OTA.
To transport your dob:
It's worth noting that "slow and steady" still wins the race, as you don't want any nasty accidents while transporting your expensive telescope..
I now leave my scope setup in this position, with the dust-cover on, so that I can easily drag my telescope outside via the stairs or path up to the back yard.