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bluestar
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how to store vintage eyepieces
      #5752792 - 03/23/13 09:43 PM

I've been accumulating old eyepieces and am looking for ideas on long term storage. Most did not come with tubes, caps or bolt cases. I do intend to use these on occasion, but do not plan on dis-assembly for internal study.

How do you store yours??


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Datapanic
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Reged: 10/17/09

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces [Re: bluestar]
      #5752824 - 03/23/13 09:56 PM

Ziplock baggies - really!

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The Ardent
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Reged: 10/24/08

Loc: Virginia
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces [Re: Datapanic]
      #5752870 - 03/23/13 10:20 PM

102 shot glass case

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dgreyson
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Loc: South Carolina
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces [Re: The Ardent]
      #5753005 - 03/23/13 11:37 PM

I use baggies too, in an aluminum case, but I use all of mine pretty regularly.

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Blake Andrews
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Loc: Iowa
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces [Re: bluestar]
      #5753029 - 03/23/13 11:50 PM

You can send all your unused eyepieces to me and I will properly store them for you!



Seriously, good quality ziplock bags can serve you well. Acid free tissue paper and a sturdy acid free box will also do the trick. The biggest enemies are dust and humidity.

Cheers!
Blake


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Ruimteman
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Reged: 04/03/12

Loc: Tokyo
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5753230 - 03/24/13 03:33 AM

Arrgghh! That shotglass case will give me nightmares. One small earthquake and your doomed! (I should relax, not everyone lives on three fault lines.)

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albert1
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Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: The Ardent]
      #5753260 - 03/24/13 04:37 AM

Quote:

102 shot glass case




Still plenty of room on those two top shelves.

Nice collection!


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hottr6
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Reged: 06/28/09

Loc: 7,500', Magdalena Mtns, NM
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: bluestar]
      #5753406 - 03/24/13 08:52 AM

Quote:

How do you store yours??



In my eyepiece case - they get used.


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Happy-Idiot
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Loc: 3rd Rock
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: Ruimteman]
      #5753437 - 03/24/13 09:18 AM

Quote:

Arrgghh! That shotglass case will give me nightmares. One small earthquake and your doomed! (I should relax, not everyone lives on three fault lines.)


That's why its called a shot glass case, if an earthquake hits all the eyepieces fall in one shot. Just kidding that is a gorgeous case.

I use bolt style containers, Astronomics sells them. I forget where you can get 1" diameter bolts if you are picky about putting them in 1.25" bolts. I also like the Ziploc half/bags, I think they are called snack size bags.


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Ron500E
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Reged: 06/01/12

Loc: Illinois, near the River Styx
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: bluestar]
      #5753468 - 03/24/13 09:38 AM

Quote:

I've been accumulating old eyepieces and am looking for ideas on long term storage. Most did not come with tubes, caps or bolt cases. I do intend to use these on occasion, but do not plan on dis-assembly for internal study.

How do you store yours??




I use containers for medicine without the childproof cap. Many many sizes are available. If you do as much business as I do.... they'll probably just give you some, otherwise they're still pretty inexpensive. I'd bring the eyepieces in just to avoid "suspicion", if you know what I mean.
I use some Avery stick on labels to mark the outside.
Eventually I'll get a hole saw and a nice piece of wood and make a stand but that's when, if ever, I have time.
Kind Regards,

Ron


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terraclarke
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Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: Ron500E]
      #5753556 - 03/24/13 10:17 AM

End caps (you can get 0.965 endcaps and plugs from agena astro), 1.25 inch e.p. bolts, clear translucent 35mm plastic film cans are perfect for many. Then in wood, felt lined e.p. boxes.

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apfever
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Reged: 05/13/08

Loc: Colorado
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5753713 - 03/24/13 11:19 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

Ok Terra,

It was the felt lined wood box comment that finally prompted me to ante up a ditty on my comparatively hick approach to 18UC's cabinet.

My dad made these book cases before he died. (yes, I know what I just wrote but I've heard similar from people and it just makes me muse "Golly, I hope so")

Felt wood coming up.


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apfever
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Loc: Colorado
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753742 - 03/24/13 11:31 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

Top shelf, no margarita.
LAY THEM SIDEWAYS. Well, this is higher dry Colorado and I don't have a pollen problem. I DO have a dust thing. These can lay sideways for years (honestly) and look great on the glass. Otherwise, bolt cases, caps, boxes, and so on. It's common sense really. Note the upright extra Edmund RKEs (ornage band, upper right corner of the Lower shelf). These are in the back up close to the bottom of the shelf above. I just checked them to be sure and the glass is pristine. GOTOs lower right corner with the all brass, all sideways, all just fine.

Ok Terra, the wood boxes on the top shelf are next, and loaded in addition to whats sideways.


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apfever
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Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753750 - 03/24/13 11:34 AM Attachment (10 downloads)

Yep, felt lined wood boxes. The black top is also felt. The small box has felt lined barrel holes.

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apfever
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Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753767 - 03/24/13 11:42 AM Attachment (12 downloads)

Middle shelves.

If I care about it then it's bolted, boxed, covered, sideways, or something. The yellow circle Japan Passed eyepiece, lower right corner next to the zebras, is a U.O. circle A.


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Jon Marinello
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Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: albert1]
      #5753782 - 03/24/13 11:53 AM

I like to use small desiccants packages. I keep them in the large rollaround eyepiece box i have. Then i keep that box in a shed with 3 large 4 lb desiccant tubs with my scopes:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029EGUNG/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF...

jon


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apfever
Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: Colorado
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753788 - 03/24/13 11:55 AM Attachment (14 downloads)

Bottom shelf margarita, eewwww.

Just tossed if I don't really care. It looks like mostly sideways by default, I'm just not concerned.

Very bottom quality shelf: The Nags and ES 82 N2s are in original boxes in cases with caps. Good grief, if you have a set of ZAO or Clave put them in that shot glass case!
By the way, the Cave Claves went out the door for a good buyers price that was far above the AM high bid, and substantially below my reserve, and buyer and I are both happy.


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apfever
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Loc: Colorado
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753799 - 03/24/13 12:03 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

Jon, I'd store mine the same way if I lived on the coast. These cases typically come with dessicant packs that I do monitor, but the lack of humidity here rarely has the packs needing attention.

In spite of a reasonable conclusion, I don't throw them in a grocery bag (paper or plastic) for field use. I'll keep frequent flyers in the case.

Does Meade still make the Tiawan yellow print 4000 or has it all gone China white print now?


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bremms
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Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753803 - 03/24/13 12:04 PM

Put them in a clay pot.. Bury them for 2-6 months. Delish. I like caps and a case with desiccant. Bolt cases are good since its not a completely air tight seal. Not convinced a air tight seal is best unless the air is dry.

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apfever
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Loc: Colorado
Re: how to store vintage eyepieces new [Re: apfever]
      #5753812 - 03/24/13 12:09 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

Store them as a plug for your scope. I use them plenty like this. Double duty. Then again it doesn't bother me. Just a quick flip if I have a guest that appreciates the finer details. See all that dust on the top of everything upside? The eyepieces can stay down like this indefinately here and be beautifull.

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