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Scopac Lite

scope carrier tripod scopac lite
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Scopac

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The Scopac Lite attaches to your tripod and provides a comfortable and convenient way to carry around your awkward and heavy scope setup

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Yes
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What are the internal dimensions?

Alternatively,what are the external dimensions, along with an estimate of how much padding will be needed?

I use my Tele Vue 85 primarily as a small refractor for astronomical observations. However, on occasion I use it for terrestrial observations and, wow, what a scope! Unfortunately, its relatively large size and weight (relative to dedicated spotting scopes) means that this scope is not used by me for bird watching, or any other terrestrial observing, where my scope will need to be set up any farther than 100 meters from my car.

But, now I am considering the best way to plug the gap between binoculars and astronomical refractor. The most straight-forward solution would be to buy a dedicated spotting scope. I have my eye on the new 88 mm Kowa, but am open to the possibility of buying the new 82mm Lieca, or maybe even the 85mm Zeiss (which I previously owned, but traded in for the TV 85).

However, a much less expensive alternative would be to find a way to transport my TV 85. This looks like a decent alternative. If my TV 85 can fit on the inside (preferred) or strapped to the outside of this product, then I could probably carry it more than the 100 meter current limit. With the diagonal removed, the scope is a bit less than 19". If I continue to use this as a spotting scope, I will use the 1 1/4 inch, Takahashi or Tele Vue 45 degree prism, or maybe the TV 60 degree mirror.

This product is not inexpensive (sorry about the double negative), but at 300 pounds, it is much less expensive than a spotting scope from Zeiss, Swarovski, Lieca, or Kowa (or, any other spotting scope that would perform to the same optical and durability standards as these scopes). Hence, my question regarding the interior (preferred) or external dimensions of this product is asked.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Mesh back is comfortable when its hot. Keeps your hands free for bino's etc in the field when not using the scope
Cons
  • Not enough storage space, slightly 'top heavy'
I've had one of these for over a year now and wouldn't dream of trying to carry a scope and tripod around without one. Essential birding kit. My sole gripe is the limited storage space. I like to have an audio recorder and a compact zoom camera and sometimes a video camera in the field, as well as food and water- the tiny digipac means I can only have two of these five on any one trip. (my gear is all of the ultra-compact variety so it normally all fits in even the smallest rucksacks.) For users in hot climates the digipack is just big enough to take a 2litre camelback bladder, but obviously you won't get anything else in there with it!
A future scopac design should look to providing much more storage- more weight at the bottom would make the whole thing less top heavy too. A waist belt would be good too to take some weight off your shoulders.
The only competitor scope backpack I've tried is the Viking effort I picked up in an RSPB shop. It has a bigger luggage section and a waist belt but is hot to wear in warmer weather and the build is poor quality- its fraying in places after only a few months of use. The Scopac is miles better.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Light & comfortable
Cons
  • Attached bag could do to be a little larger
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Miscellaneous Wildlife Products
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