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#1 steve-in-kville

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

I need a serious case for my stuff. Right now I am using a Plano fishing tackle case as shown in this pic:

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So how are you storing your EP's and your other accessories? I would be interested in seeing your arrangements.

Thanks in advance.

#2 Aquarist

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:50 PM

Well, you might check this out. http://www.wood-wond...om/Eyepiece.htm I have no affiliation, however. :D

#3 steve-in-kville

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:07 PM

They are nice! But not what I was after. I was thinking more along the lines of pick & pluck hard cases.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:16 PM

Pelican cases ain't cheap but they are just about the best:

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#5 mdalton

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

Home made case and my growing collection of ES 82* series.

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#6 Mariner@sg

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:52 PM

You plant one in and the rest start sprouting?

Nice collection. :D

#7 RogueGazer

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:22 AM

One of the more popular models and owned by yours truly would be the Harbor Freight case.

http://www.harborfre...case-69318.html

If you have a Harbor Freight nearby bring your wife or girlfriend along. Women love that place :grin:

Ok I lied. My wife wont step foot in there. I guess she doesn't like the smell of cheap Chinese made tools. :p

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:58 AM

Pelican with padded dividers...

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#9 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:40 AM

I use aluminum equipment cases for my travel eyepieces. Below is my main case. I have two others. For collimation tools, screw drivers, wrenches, spare batteries, I have a plastic case.

For miscellaneous stuff, flashlights, gloves, trapper hats, binoculars, other tools, I use a thermal "cooler bag". That bag is about 2 sizes larger than a 6 pack bag. I use cooler bags for storage and transporting various things. They are well built, well padded with the insulation and available in a variety of sizes. New they are $15-$40 but are easily found at garage sales for a buck or two.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:43 AM

I love my Wood-Wonders cases, Ron does a great job.

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#11 sn1987a

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

and this one too!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:39 AM

I'd really like to see Al's eyepiece case--outside of the Televue's I wonder what he uses (if any)?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:36 AM

This is my first Flashpoint case from Adorama. I bought it because the case that came with the Denk Super System was too small to hold eyepieces and I never felt that it was secure enough. The case is quite well made and I like it, but the pick foam pieces are not cut straight so the two layers will not line up if you try to set eyepieces vertical. In this case (no pun intended) the eyepieces fit laying horizontally, so it was not a problem. If you buy the Flashpoint, which I recommend, you may have to replace the foam with higher quality pieces depending on your needs.

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My main EP case is an Underwater Kinetics which is virtually identical to the Pelican cases. I just added my first Pentax XW to the collection of mostly ES 82° eyepieces. The 40 is a TMB Paragon. I also just added the white stick-on numbers to make it easier to know what is what. All this happens because I haven't had a clear night in over 2 months.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:57 AM

Here is mine. It used to have the pluck foam; but the foam started looking so bad, after new eyepieces, re-arranging, etc., that I went this route.

I bought a piece of nicely finished, smooth wood at Lowes or Home Depot (can't remember which). I then cut it down to fit inside the case, and cut out the holes for the eyepieces, including a few extra ;), just in case! :grin: I put a sheet of hard cell foam underneath to cushion the eyepieces. I then screwed in a metal strip in the inside front of the case, and added magnets to the inside bottoms of my filter cases. They just "snap" on and off quite nicely, yet hold firmly.

I'm very happy with this remodel! :)

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:03 AM

Jim, nice eyepiece labels, how/where did you get them?

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:12 AM

Hi Carol,

OfficeMax had them. They were hard to find, close to the floor and I walked by them at least three times. I was about to ask and then, there they were. These are the 1/2" size that come with letters and numbers. Plenty in one package. The 40mm TMB was already labeled when I bought it which is what gave me the idea.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

Thanks Jim; I don't have an OfficeMax here, but will try a couple of other stores.

They really look nice, & help in identification in your eyepiece case!

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

Steve,

If you want a Pelican type case you might look here: http://www.cheaperth...roduct/CASE-046
It runs $40 vs $100 for a Pelican 1500 which is about the same size, and it has all the features of the Pelican. In fact it is qualified to STANAG 4280 (NATO spec for ruggedness), so it is every bit as durable. It is what I have and I find it works great. The only very minor down side is that replacement pick-n-pluck foam is available to fit the standard Pelican sizes but I haven't found an exact fit for this one. I can get close enough though so all I have to do is add a strip of foam along an edge. Actually, at the cost for replacement pick-n-pluck foam, it is almost as cheap to just buy a new case at this price.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:55 PM

I am using a Pelican 1510 case for my basic eyepiece and accessory case, but I am having wooden grab and go case for about 5 eyepieces being made at the moment. I also carry a three eyepieces in the ES80 ED case and the Celestron 8 Edge case.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:01 PM

I use a Seahorse SE 520 for my primary pieces. I keep 4 brandons,6 antares elites,6 circle t orthos,3 baader classic orthos,a 30mm ultima,13 mm kk widescan and a vixen lv zoom in it with no problem. I have a couple of secondary cases but this is my favorite and it's out every time I'm at the scope.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:27 AM

I had been using one of the Harbor Freight cases as my main kit, and a couple other smaller cases/totes.

But just got delivery from Wood Wonders today... wow.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 03:40 PM

Mine, not nearly as impressive as some others on here but the case and it's contents serve me well.

ES 68 34mm, ES 68 28mm, ES 82 18mm, TV Nagler T6 9mm, TV Radian 5mm, Baader Hyperion MK3 8-25mm.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 07:25 PM

The Storm cases are now made/distributed by Pelican.

www.pelican.com

I have 2 Storm cases and 2 Pelican cases.

They are both excellent cases, and quite similar. However, IMO the locking latches on the Storm case are a lot nicer and easier to use.

With the latches on the Pelican case you need to physically lock/open them over a camming pressure point. On the bigger cases it sometimes needs quite a lot of pressure to open/close them. The latches on the storm case are a double action type latch and you gently push them to lock and push a button to open them.

A no brainer for me, I will always buy the Storm case in preference to the Pelican case, from this point forward.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 07:27 PM

I use NANUK cases , I think they are a tad better than pelican cases and looks a lot more impressive too.

#25 steve-in-kville

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 05:34 PM

Wow!! Great pics. And too many great ideas.... some nice lookin' cases here!!






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