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8" GSO RC with CSL Moonlite FocuserTelevue TV60isLosmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (with Ovision upgrade)
SBIG STT-8300m with Self Guiding filter wheel
A wide assortment of lenses for my Canon.
Quote:I second Hilmi's post. Tempting. I think I would like a case that has room for my collimation tools, flashlight, and maybe my star charts too. Need to do some thinking and figuring before I pull the trigger on this one.
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NexStar 50 Expert, Lunar 50 Expert; AL Outreach, Messier, and Sunspotters AwardsCommander Prius Class Shuttlecraft Zhang HengTeeter 13.1" f/4.5 Custom Dob, NexStar8 SE, Meade 80mm f/6 ED Apo, Meade 363 f/10 80 mm, Lunt LS60THa, PST dbl stk
Quote:I have one of these. The problem I found is that the glue used to old the foam together oozes out at the edge of the bottom of the holes, and has to be cleaned off the bottom end of 2" eyepieces or (hopefully) their covers.
xt8i, Neximage 5, a couple eyepieces...and just enough knowledge to make me dangerous
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:Yeah, I think that's right, Jon. This is more of a case designed to hold the eyepieces and Barlow you actually use during a particular session. I like that it provides a bit of insulation and cover, unlike the eyepiece holes in tripod spreaders. For tripods that lack accommodation for eyepieces it would be especially handy. I rarely use more than three or four eyepieces in a given session and my new alt-az mounts lack any form of eyepiece tray. - Jim
Wife, kids, dog.Views with glasses: astigmatism and major floaters.Orion StarMax 90mm Mak-CassPorta II45mm 35° | 40mm 43° | 35mm 49° | 28mm 45° | 25mm 50° | 15mm 58° | 11mm 82° | 10mm 50° | Shorty Plus 2xVestil CPRO-800LP observing chairVarious binoculars in the "bang-for-buck" category
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 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...Jon
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:For grab and go, I use a Tamrac hip bag similar to this:
Quote: That link is broken. The webpage looked like a mess when I tried to go to it. Mike
Quote:Quote:I have one of these. The problem I found is that the glue used to old the foam together oozes out at the edge of the bottom of the holes, and has to be cleaned off the bottom end of 2" eyepieces or (hopefully) their covers. the glue isnt dry?
Quote:Just got my SA case in the mail - that was nice and quick on shipping! (fwiw, it went out via Priority Mail at around $8.5, so shipping is reasonable imo). A couple of notes:* comes with 2x square filter case, which normally run around $4 a piece elsewhere, took that into account since I'm in need of a few.* very tight fit for 2" eyepiece (and even some 1.25"), won't fit Baader MkIII Zoom or Pentax XL's* I'm getting it mainly as my G&G case that I can sling around the legs of a tripod (ie, mounts that don't have a ep tray).Will post some pics later today.
Quote:Yeah, I think that's right, Jon. This is more of a case designed to hold the eyepieces and Barlow you actually use during a particular session. I like that it provides a bit of insulation and cover, unlike the eyepiece holes in tripod spreaders.
For tripods that lack accommodation for eyepieces it would be especially handy. I rarely use more than three or four eyepieces in a given session and my new alt-az mounts lack any form of eyepiece tray.
I'd rather be driving my .
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Quote: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.Mike
Celestron C11+EQ6, skywatcher /Zambuto 12"dob,watchhouse tracking platform, 16"/Zambuto lightbridge , Ethos's 6,8,10,13,17,21. Naglers 31,26. Lieca ash zoom, televue 2.5 powermate,2"2x powermate .Paracorr type2. Howie glatter 2" laser & Tublug. Lumicon 2" UHC, 03, H-Beta,Televue smoothies ( all of em) , Meade 4000 smoothies ( all of em). That'll do for now.
Quote:It won't be a problem if the eyepieces have proper fitting caps
Orion ED80 - AT Voyager with TNT,pier ext.,Vixon steel tray and Manny's mod.
Omni 120 cg4 with Orion pier ext. and RA drive, Binotron-27 (25mm & 17mm Sterlings)
Orion XT10(Original F/5) SkyStopper Equatorial Platform
Jason Constellation Model 311(Modified with 1.25"Crawford Machine focuser & rings)
5" F/9 1st-gen "blue" AP StarFire on Dobbins GEM Mount 6" F/15 J.W.Fecker Refractor on - I'm not sure yet 5" Classic Orange C-5 - with lots of old stuff 10" Meade DS-10 - w/LEATHER end caps 12" LightBridge - extensively moded Jason 60mm Discoverer Model 313 Meade ETX-90EC with Autostar Way too many other 60 mm's Fujinon 6x30 FMTR-SX bino 8' Exploradome with Bay 1st Gen Smoothies - All 5
Quote: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...Jon
SteveCarpe NoctemBushnell 10x50 Seymour solarized binoculars.Bushnell 12x32 moon and terrestrial binoculars.Celestron: 102-GT Refractor OTA on a CG-4 GEMAstro-Tech Value Plössl 32mm, 20mmZhumell Z series 14.5mm, 9mm, 5mm+42° 18' 37.39", -122° 52' 3.76"
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