It won't be a problem if the eyepieces have proper fitting caps , I put my ethoses & plossls in my vest pocket sometimes but they have good caps and to be sure to be sure I have one eyepiece on its own in its own pocket.
I have a Dark Sky vest, but I never use it to keep my eyepieces in while I'm observing. I don't like the idea of reaching in for the eyepiece and getting a fingerprint on a lens, or scratching it with a pencil, etc. Also, I don't like having the eyepiece lenses exposed to the fabric inside the vest.
I never thought it was a good idea to keep eyepieces in the vest. I know that observers with monster Dobs like having eyepieces in the vest while they're on top of the ladder, but I will never have a monster Dob. I'm not interested in owning any telescope that requires a ladder as an astronomical accessory.
Instead, I keep eyepieces I'm switching in/out of the focuser in an eyepiece tray on my Dob mount. I use the vest to store things like pencils, notebooks, flashlights, warming packs, eyepiece caps, etc.
Eyepiece case closeout
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:02 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:40 PM
It won't be a problem if the eyepieces have proper fitting caps
Same here. Only catch is remembering which pocket has which eyepiece. I usually go in sequence from longest to shortest focal length starting with the larger bottom pockets. Usually 6-7 eyepieces + powermate + filters + flashlight.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:38 PM
I've tried keeping a couple eyepieces in the vest, but it didn't seem worthwhile to me. I can sit at my telescope, no standing necessary. If I want to switch out an eyepiece, I just reach over a few inches to the eyepiece tray on the Dob mount. IME, that's much easier and less risky than keeping an eyepiece in the vest.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:44 PM
Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:34 PM
But not bad for $19.99 delivered - and its belt even extends enough to fit my waist.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:03 PM
I don't think I'll wear it around my waist, though. It goes around the tripod.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:10 PM
But for astro use, I flipped the dividers upside down so that the flap is towards the bottom, bent over, and laying flat on the bottom. That keeps it out of the way of putting eyepieces in/out, and adds a little extra padding at the bottom.
It is a bit of a pain to remove the dividers and reposition them, but you only have to do it once.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:12 PM
But I like the way that the top of the case opens away from me instead of towards me like my old one did. Makes it easier to get things in and out. I'll probably use my old one for a camera case.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:24 PM
Usually run the gamut, low power wide field views, to splitting doubles upto the seeing limit, I use 6-7 eyepieces or more every night.
The spreader trays are not much. What I do is get a large Rubbermaid food storage bowl/container.. I attach it to the center of the spreader with a single bolt. It's polyethylene so it doesn't mar the eyepieces and if dew is a problem, I put the lid on...
I like the Tupperware case idea. I have a metal tray with 3 corner bolts that goes with my Celestron CG-4 GEM tripod, but it's a PITA to bolt on and off. It also prevents me from folding up the tripod until I take it back off. I'll get a Tupperware container and permanently mount a bolt through the bottom to slip into the center hole in the tripod spreader arm array. Should be an easy task to pop it in and out as needed.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:55 PM