Allows safe transport of scope
I have mixed feelings about this case. It is molded from rather strong ABS plastic. There is a very strong piano style hinge joining the upper and lower case halves together on one side. On the other side there are only two rather small latches. The wheels are very small and only useful on hard and smooth surfaces, like through your house and across the driveway to your car. Forget about parking lots with coarse gravel, or heaven forbid, any soft sandy ground. Thus, the carrying handles at both ends come in handy. I have the 8 OTA, so I have plenty of extra padding in place to keep my scope safe. If using it with the 10 OTA, you will have minimal 1 of padding all around.
Sections of foam are pulled out to fit it to the 10 OTA. Some of these hunks of foam started coming loose on their own, so I pulled out the hot melt glue gun and fixed them in place more solidly. I ended up with a few extra places to stick things between foam padding at the butt end of the case since ther ewere sizeable pieces of foam left in place there. Things like my counterweights (well padded with extra foam and placed in the bottom section), a tool kit, and my Astrozap dew shield wraps around the mid section of the OTA, thus solving a vexing storage problem for it.
On close inspection, things like the extruded aluminum moldings that mate the two halves together are fabricated and attached using methods and a degree of accuracy that indicate rather small scale garage shop manufacturing practices. This case is not waterproof, and should not be used to protect the scope from any serious amount of rain or dampness. It is for auto transport and home storage. It would be adequate for a long trip in an RV. Just dont lash it to the top and expose it to the elements. If you need a serious shipping case that can take serious abuse, then look elsewhere. I would rate the case a bit lower if I had the 10 OTA as I feel that 1 of padding is a bit skimpy for an OTA heavier than mine.