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Old Sunday 7th July 2019, 13:04   #1
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question about backpack for Swaro *TX spotting scopes

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just wondering if anyone's used or using a camera backpack (with built in padding and cushioning) to carry their optics, namely their spotting scope/binos etc?

I have the BTX 95 unit + binos and have typically aways carried my optics in a normal backpack in their own padded pouches, but struggling to find something suitable for the BTX unit.

Connected, the BTX is quite long so won't fit in most backpacks (not that i have), broken into two, i couldn't see anything out there for either unit (objective or Bino viewer) until i started looking at camera / lens cases.

Now i'm considering transporting these without any pouches just stored in a camera backpack which already has a rigid cell, padded, and soft velour on the inside for DSLR's / lens etc....

just wondering if anyone's got any feedback on experiences they may have had

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Old Sunday 7th July 2019, 19:14   #2
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I have a Lowepro 350 AW which fits my ATX 95 (disassembled), plus binoculars, plus DSLR with telephoto lens. All in a well-padded package that is easily carried on in an airplane. Unfortunately, Lowepro doesn’t seem to make that specific model any more:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ravel_350.html
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Old Monday 8th July 2019, 09:11   #3
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I have a Lowepro 350 AW which fits my ATX 95 (disassembled), plus binoculars, plus DSLR with telephoto lens. All in a well-padded package that is easily carried on in an airplane. Unfortunately, Lowepro doesn’t seem to make that specific model any more:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ravel_350.html
eBay is where I got my discontinued 102AW so I’m sure a 350AW can be sourced there.
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Old Monday 8th July 2019, 16:58   #4
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Some people here are very enthousiastic about the bag from https://www.marsupialgear.com/collec...cope-btx-cases They have a specific case for the btx, but it's not really a "bag"
For what it's worth, I transport my 85 atx deconstructed in the kite optics viato bag and the bag also goes with me in the field to carry it during a daytrip.
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Old Tuesday 9th July 2019, 07:36   #5
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Hi,

when I first saw the padded case posted by lestat I first thought that's it until I noticed that it's not a stay on case...
Plus of course finding a backpack which fits this is going to be a challenge.

That being said, my classic skua case for the TSN-3 looks a lot like that padded case when closed and I just chug it into my regular carry on backpack along with bins and cameras... which regularly puts me above the weight limit for carry on, but so far nobody has actually weighted it... you just gotta look like it's nice and light ;-)

The Swaro stay on cases for BTX and objective modules offer a lot less protection since they have to leave room for the focus drive when in use and don't have flaps to go over these when disassembled. Does Swaro deliver caps to close the bayonet mounts of the disassembled parts?

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Some people here are very enthousiastic about the bag from https://www.marsupialgear.com/collec...cope-btx-cases They have a specific case for the btx, but it's not really a "bag"
For what it's worth, I transport my 85 atx deconstructed in the kite optics viato bag and the bag also goes with me in the field to carry it during a daytrip.
I have one of those already but the scope is quite big so it doesn't always fit into a backpack for transportation.

i have also considered putting a shoulder strap on the Marsupial gear BTX case and just carrying the scope like that - we'll see how that goes.=

I have ordered a Tenba Axis backpack which is a Camera backpack so we'll see how that goes..
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Old Thursday 11th July 2019, 22:38   #7
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Well the good thing about the swaro ATX / BTX is that you can deconstruct it, doing so allows you to transport it in almost any camera / lens designed backpack. The downside is that you will need to reconstruct it before use. So if you're doing a safari drive birding trip it's not really a nice option.

The kite optics viato backpack can hold a nikon 50ED (angled) and a pair of swarovski 8,5x42 EL in one half of the pack, so there's plenty of room.

I think the marsupial case with strap may work as well.

For me it's simple: I think about when I travel will I use the scope: if no it goes deconstructed, if yes the whole thing travels with soc mounted to the tripod ready for use.
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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 00:20   #8
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I ended up purchasing a Lowepro flipside trek 450 pack

The disassembled BTX scope fits perfectly in the padded camera section of the pack still leaving some room for binoculars and small camera.

Externally the pack can also carry my Sirui tripod.

So far its proven comfortable to use.

Ill post a pic shortly.

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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 07:59   #9
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Here’s the LowePro with the BTX 95mm setup
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Good choice, be aware that Lowepro is known as a (maybe -the-) manufacturer of camera backpacks. So it draws a certain amount of attention from people looking for a five-finger discount.

But as far as gear protection it's solid gear. I use a Lowepro nature trekker for when I bring camera gear as well. The ability to make your own pockets/sections to store equipment makes that you can fit in scope, camera and lenses should you opt for it.
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Good choice, be aware that Lowepro is known as a (maybe -the-) manufacturer of camera backpacks. So it draws a certain amount of attention from people looking for a five-finger discount.
That’s a good point.
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