12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon, two more days, be here Tuesday)
Celestron C102 HD " Carl"
Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope"
Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott"
60mm Telescope Club
CPC1100, Hyperstar III, Canon T3 (Full Spectrum Mod)
POD XL3 w/PZT (Promethean Visions Observatory) / www.promethean-visions.com
My Astrobin --> Escher's Astrobin Feed
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:Harbor Freight - aluminum tool case with pick-pluck foam..http://www.harborfreight.com/18-x-12-34-x-6-aluminum-case-69318.html
Chuck D. Clawson, MI, USAProud owner of: Orion XT10i w/ Moonlite focuser & ZOC mirror, Celestron Ultima 8 PEC, Celestron C5+, Meade 90mm f/11 achromat (Model #390), and some random accessories (see bio).
8"ACF, AR152, ED100, ST80, EQ6Pro, Duo-T, AZ3, EQ1
San Jose Astronomical Association, Director for Quick STARt Program, Docent at the Open Space Authority Custom Dobstuff 17.5" f4.5 Truss Dob, Orion XT8 8" Dob, ES AR127 Refractor, Orion Deluxe 100mm Refractor, EZ Touch Mount/Tripod, Zhumell 20x80 binos w/UA Unimount, and a ton of eyepieces.
Quote:The Achilles' Heel of the Harbor Freight/Lowe's cases is the aluminum hinges and latches: a fall from waist-high (e.g. off a table) onto a concrete or wooden floor can be enough to warp the hinges or latches if the case lands on-edge, meaning that the case will never securely close again. But if you're looking for as good and suitable an alternative for a bargain price, you can't beat it without jumping up to the $100 class of truly secure, impact-proof e.g. Pelican or Storm cases.
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Quote:The upper lid has two metal tabs that stick out that are used to help hold the tool pouch in place. IMHO the pouch and the tabs should be removed. Removing the tabs requires sanding down the rivot and then replacing it as one is also being used to hold the hinge in place.
Quote:there is only one sheet of pluck foam supplied. removing some foam to make room for an eyepiece provides protection from each side but not the bottom. (the top lid has a sheet of egg carton foam). IMHO it is wise to put a layer of foam on the bottom as well.
• Celestron Ultima 8, f/10 • Zhumell Z12, f/4.9 • Intes MK-67, f/12 • Celestron C5 Orange Tube, f/10 • WO 80mm Fluorite APO, f/6.9 • Carton 60mm ATM, f/16.7 • a few Plössls, a few Orthos, a few Königs, an Erfle or two, a few SWA, a few UWA, a couple SUWA... • CG-5 ASGT, CG-5, & AT Voyager "It's amazing what you can see if you look... " Yogi Berra
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Celestron CPC 800 XLT GPS 1960's Tasco/Montgomery Ward 60mm refractor 1970's homebrew 6" f/8 Newtonian, Coulter mirrors Meade HD-60 4.5mm, 6.5mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm, 25mm Jaegers 18?mm Celestron Ultima LX 5mm Agena 32mm, 38mm Meade 4000 56mm
Quote:I know some folks put a label on the eyecaps, but what if you have more than one eyepiece out? It's possible you could mix up the eyecaps. Not a very good solution. Also, in my very dewy location, those labels might slip off and end up on a lens. Not too good.Mike
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sheet Metal Worker/Welder Indiana Astronomical Society 6" f/10 home brew dob, Quantum 4, 90mm Apex Mak, Criterion RV-6, Criterion RV-8, Coulter Odyssey 1 13.1", Meade 16" Lightbridge, Sears Discoverer 4-6305A, Manon 60mm (The Marsha Scope), Towa 11T, Tasco 10TE
Quote:I've been building a few recently, small little Grab-N-Go Boxes for going out in the backyard...
Quote:I don't know about these clumsy observers with fumbly fingers. Drop accidents? I've been an amateur astronomer since the early '70's and have never dropped anything of consequence. A plastic eye cap or two, yes. But an entire case of eyepieces, or even one eyepiece? Never!Mike