Fwd: [Tweeters] Safe to check spotting scope in luggage?

Bob Sundstrom ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Tue May 9 12:34:07 PDT 2017




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> From: Bob Sundstrom <ixoreus at scattercreek.com>

> Date: May 9, 2017 at 12:33:36 PM PDT

> To: Hilary Barnes <habarnes at earthlink.net>

> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Safe to check spotting scope in luggage?

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> Hilary,

>

> As a long time birding tour leader who flies with optics a lot, here's what I do: Mostly I carry on my scope and other optics in a roller bag and put the tripod in checked luggage. I often travel with a cooler too, taped shut with plenty of duct tape, as a second piece of luggage too. If I need to check a scope or camera, the cooler works a very well as protection for optics, as long as you wrap them well in clothing or bubble wrap. Much cheaper than something like a Pelican brand optics suitcase, and of course you'll now have a cooler for food and drink at your destination.

>

> Good birding, Bob Sundstrom

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> Sent from my iPhone

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>> On May 9, 2017, at 12:10 PM, Hilary Barnes <habarnes at earthlink.net> wrote:

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>> Greetings experienced nature travelers-

>>

>> We will be visiting Kauai soon for a week, and I would like to take my spotting scope along, or, at least have access to one while there. I have a rather clunky Vortex scope and a study Manfroto 190 tripod. We took it to Sanibel Island, FL, once, and I think I took the scope in my carry-on and the tripod in a large suitcase. Remembering the airport trek, I am considering checking the whole shebang and using a TSA approved suitcase lock. Your feed back on equipment management, safety and security would be appreciated.

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>> Oh, and any birding contacts or tips would be wonderful as well! We will be staying in Princeville on the north shore, and will be renting a car. I have found a lot of useful information online, and have copies of "A Pocket guide to Hawai'i's Birds" and "Enjoying Birds and Other Wildlife in Hawai'i'" from a previous tag-along trip to Oahu for my husband's atmospheric science work group meeting. The point of this trip is actual R&R- birding and botany will take place both deliberately and at leisure. Thanks for your input-

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