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Jon Isaacs
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Luigi]
      #5615944 - 01/10/13 05:45 PM

I am always cautious with my eyepieces, there is a lot of money invested and I have had inexpensive cases come unlatched and spill eyepiece onto concrete. The sound is not good, the results are disheartening. I have inspected the Harbor Freight cases and decided they are just no robust enough to risk my good eyepieces to...

What I use for my good eyepieces are two professional quality aluminum clad equipment cases, they are solid and designed for people who travel with fancy electronics and tools...

Of course it does help if you can find them at garage sales for $5...

Jon


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izar187
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5616713 - 01/11/13 05:42 AM

Another vote for bolt cases/bottles for ep's. Then just nest them in the carrier of choice. Like ones from second hand stores and yard sales. It is then pretty painless to upgrade if more room is needed. Top loading brief case types are my preference. When observing I carry the 3 or 4 ep's I'll be using on my person. The case is nearby if I just gotta, but mostly I just skip the eyepiece futzing these days and happily observe with as few as possible.

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Scanning4Comets
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: izar187]
      #5616729 - 01/11/13 06:34 AM Attachment (57 downloads)

I've been using this case in the pic for almost 2 years without it opening and spilling the contents anywhere. Cost me just over $20.00, But the home made ones here are very nice!

Jaimo, How long did it take to make yours? and what kind of wood did you use? Your cases look really nice! I liked how you joined the corners by taking off those 2 layers, which appear to be some kind of plywood.

By the looks of things here, it appears that standing the eyepieces up is the best way to go as it saves a lot of space! Jaimo, do you sell those cases? Maybe I could get you to make me one!


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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Scanning4Comets]
      #5616891 - 01/11/13 09:14 AM Attachment (37 downloads)

I have had good luck for the last 12+ years with my Craftsman tool box ep case. When I drilled the holes in the walnut shelf for 1 1/4-in eps I accidently used a 1 3/8-in forster bit! The eps rattled like crazy. A few days later I was at the hardware store and saw a bin of nylon friction washers that go into all those plumbers pipe focusers. Glued those in with some silicone and now the eps slide in and out with a little "swish". Also, the little shoulder on the top gives a little cushioning.

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StarStuff1
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5616906 - 01/11/13 09:26 AM Attachment (37 downloads)

For several years I have often observed right outside the basement door. Since I only use the toolbox case when traveling I would just sit needed eps on a nearby counter top. The more eps I acquired the more confusing it would be to find a particular one.

Late last year I decided to do something about it. This simply a wood box with a piece of heavy denim to fold over the top to keep just out. I like using PVC end caps for ep caps. Not real tight fitting so moisture can escape and easy to mark the focal length fo ID.


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Sarkikos
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5616938 - 01/11/13 09:54 AM

My solution to the problem of "which eyepiece is which" in the dark is to arrange the eyepieces as much as possible in a logical progression from shortest to longest focal length. It also helps to always put the same eyepiece back in the same slot in the eyepiece case.

Since I bring about 28 eyepieces in my case to the dark site, I've set up a diagram of the layout and slipped it into a clear cover sheet just in case I forget the location of an eyepiece. But I seldom refer to it.

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


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Jaimo!
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5616990 - 01/11/13 10:34 AM

Markus...

Sent you a PM.

Jaimo!


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Steve Daniel
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5617140 - 01/11/13 11:56 AM

Another approach: check craigslist/ebay for camera, video, tool, pelican, etc cases. I've gotten several good soft-sided, hard plastic, and hard metal cases off my local craigslist... purchasing pick-n-pluck from foambymail.com completes it.

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Sarkikos
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Steve Daniel]
      #5617172 - 01/11/13 12:21 PM

Steve,

Thanks for that link. I've put foambymail.com into my Favorites.

Mike


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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5617285 - 01/11/13 01:26 PM

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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




The cheshire and auticollimator have labels and when those tools are used the PVC caps have to be removed. The only ep with a label is the 9.5. It was glued on 12 yrs ago. For the rest I used a Sharpie. Makes it easy to see which ep to grab. The eps are arranged in ascending order from right to left. Nearly all the PVC caps were custom "tuned" on a small lathe. Only once or twice I have put the wrong cap on an ep but this can happen with rubber caps, too. This is a system probably not for everyone but it has worked well for me.


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Sarkikos
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5617320 - 01/11/13 01:53 PM

I have to confess that I've put labels directly on a few eyepieces, but they are the exceptions. I did this for some Faworski Orthos that do not have any indication of the focal length, and for the only eyepiece I ever made, a 5.8mm Ball Eyepiece. Of course, the dew here has started to lift up the edges of the labels, and every so often I have to glue them back down.


Mike


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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5618011 - 01/11/13 09:01 PM

I had all the Faworski orthos , in the .965 size, best dern money Id ever spent on .965 eps, then I decided to donate them to a christmas donation project I was working on, it felt right at the time, but I kick my self occasionally.

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rlmxracer
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: droid]
      #5618068 - 01/11/13 09:43 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

I got a double pistol case at Big 5 on sale for $20. The gigantic plastic case holds my Rigel Quick finder.

Edited by rlmxracer (01/11/13 09:46 PM)


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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: rlmxracer]
      #5618114 - 01/11/13 10:16 PM

For my portable Grab-Go EP Case I have a Vanguard case with Bolt Cases for the big stuff; Pentax XW's. The Brandon's and the Collins I3 go in one of the top wings, the Siebert's are in one of the base cubicles. Plenty of extra room for filters, focal reducers, extension tubes, tools, diagonals.

Besides the better build of these cases, I like combination of deep base compartment and shallower wing compartments for carrying components of a wide range of sizes, as well as vertical positioning of eye pieces for more compact storage. I haven't been pleased with the rather soft foam that accompanies the less expensive cases; resulting in less restrained stowage. For my next trick I'm thinking of either solid dividers with soft foam cushions, or the less flexible extruded polyethylene for a more rigid restraint.



The Vanguard cases have better clasps and hinge improvements than the Harbor Freight cases; of which I have four, as well as an Orion hard case. The Vanguards also a wide range of sizes: 34! I'll be refitting the latter cases for use in my Observatory where conditions are safer for drop-accidents.


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Sarkikos
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5618238 - 01/11/13 11:48 PM

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


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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: droid]
      #5618333 - 01/12/13 12:53 AM

One thing I use instead of bolt cases are prescription medicine bottles. They come in lots of sizes and with a little foam inside hold the ep's nice and secure. The biggest ones I have came from my vets office.

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Sarkikos
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Mr Magoo]
      #5618358 - 01/12/13 01:13 AM

My daughter has only gerbils as pets. Not many bottles from the vets for them. And not very big bottles.

Mike


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eastwd
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Jaimo!]
      #5618378 - 01/12/13 01:51 AM

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I've been building a few recently, small little Grab-N-Go Boxes for going out in the backyard...





Those are absolutely gorgeous eyepiece boxes you've made. Amazing detail on the lids. Wish I could make (or even buy) something like that. Thanks for posting those pics.


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izar187
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5618445 - 01/12/13 04:21 AM

Many non-bulbous body 1.25" ep's and barlows will fit in straight cylindrical prescription bottles. I have found them to be free for the asking at local Walgreen's for example, on a one every once in a while basis. The folks at the prescription counter have been curious and helpful when I've infrequently brought in an eyepiece and asked to try a likely sized bottle. I've found other flavor straight prescription bottles to work from others in my family. I choose caps that thread on only.

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Scanning4Comets
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Re: DIY Eye piece cases [Re: izar187]
      #5618579 - 01/12/13 08:17 AM

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




Mike,

It can happen to the best of 'em. Nobody is perfect and accidents do happen. Personally myself, I have been very lucky and have never dropped an eyepiece, but I did grab a case once that had two pairs of binoculars in them and I did not realize the clips were not closed on the case.....long story short, both pairs of binoculars kind of landed on a piece of soft padding I had on the back of the case, so I was lucky they landed that way.

It was really dark in my back room as I had just come in from observing and I and forgot about the clips not being closed on the case. I was very fortunate because there was ZERO damage or misalignment to both binoculars. LOL.

Cheers,


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