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Telescope Cases – Finding the Right One at a Cheap Price

Updated on February 17, 2010

Telescope cases are an essential accessory for any astrologic enthusiast.  While the main focus of anyone looking to look at the stars is the quality of the telescope and finding a great price on telescopes or telescope accessories (such as eyepieces) it’s important to take care of the telescope too.  That’s why telescope cases are an important accessory for your telescope.   But when picking out a case for your telescope there are several things that you need to consider not the least of them price, so how do you find the right one?  With a little help from the following tips you should be able to find an affordable telescope case that will fit your needs and your budget.

The first thing you really need to know when looking for telescope cases are that not all are created equal.  Not only are there a wide variety of styles of telescopes (dobsonian, celestron, Schmidt cassegrain, meade, orion,etc.) but even each style or brand has their own nuances that require the right telescope case.  The major part in picking out the right case is making sure you have one that is compatible with your style of telescope.  Because a simple reflecting telescope is much different in shape and size then a dobsonian telescope, you’ll need to find one that will fit your telescope.  The safest bet is to find a case that is made by the same brand as your telescope.  The company has already designed a case that has the correct measurements and will fit the telescope easily.  You can go with an off-brand or generic case but you may be disappointed if it doesn’t fit. 

The next telescope case option you’ll want to consider is the application of the case, or in other words what exactly the case is going to be used for.  You may be hiking up the hills looking to find a place that has little light pollution so you can get more out of your stargazing experience.  If this is the case (no pun intended) you may want to find a telescope case with shoulder strap or perhaps a backpack telescope case.  Either of these will make carrying your telescope safely easier so you can focus more on where you’re going.  However, if you plan on taking your telescope with you on camping trips or maybe vacations and it’s going to be packed into the car with a lot of other luggage, it may be more important to get a hard telescope case to protect the telescope from the crushing weight.  Meanwhile, if you are only looking for a way to safely store your telescope when it’s not in use, a simple padded case will keep the dust off and protect it from the occasional bumping in the closet.

Another important thing I’d like to point out is that, while your telescope case is an investment in protecting your telescope, it shouldn’t cost more than the actual telescope itself.  Because there is a wide range of telescope qualities and prices, you may have a cheaper model of telescope.  I’m not suggesting that it’s not important to protect your telescope; however, you wouldn’t necessarily need a top of the line telescope case to protect a cheap telescope.  That being said, you should also carefully consider a telescope eyepiece case to protect your spare eyepieces if you happen to have expensive telescope eyepieces. 

To find the best prices on telescope cases, you’re going to have to do a fair amount of research.  Keep in mind the important factors above and try and locate a case that you like.  Once you’ve settled on one that you like, look around at the online telescope websites as they tend to specialize in telescope accessories and can probably get you the best price (not to mention they’ll have better customer service if you have a problem or need to return it).  The next step is to check with larger players such as Amazon or eBay to make sure that you’re getting a good price for a telescope case.  With a little bit of research and luck you should be able to find the best price on telescope cases.

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