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steve-in-kville
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Loc: Pennsylvania, USA
Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new
      #5717145 - 03/06/13 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:



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

Thanks in advance.


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Aquarist
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Loc: Illinois
Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5717150 - 03/06/13 07:50 PM

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

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steve-in-kville
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5717179 - 03/06/13 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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MikeBOKC
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5717299 - 03/06/13 09:16 PM Attachment (82 downloads)

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

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mdalton
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5717395 - 03/06/13 10:13 PM Attachment (83 downloads)

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

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Mariner@sg
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Reged: 06/28/12

Loc: Little Red Dot
Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: mdalton]
      #5717477 - 03/06/13 10:52 PM

You plant one in and the rest start sprouting?

Nice collection.


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RogueGazer
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Reged: 06/10/12

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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: Mariner@sg]
      #5717697 - 03/07/13 03:22 AM

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

http://www.harborfreight.com/18-x-12-34-x-6-aluminum-case-69318.html

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

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


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johnnyha
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5717727 - 03/07/13 04:58 AM Attachment (61 downloads)

Pelican with padded dividers...

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5717787 - 03/07/13 06:40 AM Attachment (65 downloads)

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.

Jon



Edited by Jon Isaacs (03/07/13 06:51 AM)


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sn1987a
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5717843 - 03/07/13 07:43 AM Attachment (56 downloads)

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

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sn1987a
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Reged: 09/26/10

Loc: Western Australia
Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: sn1987a]
      #5717846 - 03/07/13 07:45 AM Attachment (53 downloads)

and this one too!

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csrlice12
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: sn1987a]
      #5717917 - 03/07/13 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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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! [Re: csrlice12]
      #5717990 - 03/07/13 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.



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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csa/montana
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5718018 - 03/07/13 09:57 AM Attachment (94 downloads)

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! 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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csa/montana
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5718026 - 03/07/13 10:03 AM

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

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rockethead26
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5718040 - 03/07/13 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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csa/montana
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5718322 - 03/07/13 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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Lance1234
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5718511 - 03/07/13 02:04 PM

Steve,

If you want a Pelican type case you might look here: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/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.

Lance


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landshark99
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: Lance1234]
      #5719458 - 03/07/13 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.


Edited by landshark99 (03/07/13 09:57 PM)


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mdowns
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Re: Pics of your EP & accessory cases!! new [Re: landshark99]
      #5719593 - 03/07/13 11:01 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

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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