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#26 roscoe

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 06:09 PM

Robert,
Finally!! the solution to my seagull problem!!!!!
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PS a coffee can lid fits my 80mm Celestron dew shield, the cap to a gallon plastic water jug covers my Vixen polar scope hole, and a slightly tapered can that canned salmon came in, trimmed off at just the right diameter and painted black, is now the dew shield on a 60mm I repaired.

#27 Jon Marinello

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 09:32 PM

Fits perfectly. It almost looks cool...

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 09:34 PM

BTW - This lid also works on some of my other 60mm scopes. Here is a shot of the whole can to help you find it at the grocery store.

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#29 Jon Marinello

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:58 AM

Not sure this is available everywhere but this made a perfect dew cap for my Unitron 50mm. Almost like it was made for it!

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:59 AM

Here is a shot of the original bottle of spices.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:52 PM

Today I was doing the stuff that I do while being a park worker kind of guy. One of the parks I work in includes a public tennis court. As I was picking up the trash I noticed 6 or 7 empty tennis ball cans amongst the water and soda bottles. Apparently there was some tennis event the night before. The lids looked pretty close to my eye for fitting a 60 mm dewshield.

I just tried these out on a few accessible 60 mm scopes around the house and found they perfectly fit a Tasco 9te, Unitron 114, Mayflower 60 X 910, Monolux 4380 60 X 910, and an SPI 60 X 1000. Too small to cover a Tasco 7te-5 but a bit too large for Asahi Pentax or Tasco 12 te-5. I suspect they will fit a 7te but I didn't dig mine out to check it. I think they look quite nice, maybe a little underspoken, but quite professional :lol:

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 05:49 AM

Robert,
Your CONE HEAD CAP wins so far..... LOL
But Keith's tennis caps are cool!!
Any cover is cool and finding one that works is of course like striking GOLD! :jump:
Jon sand the green spice cap and paint it! LOL My wife has come out to the garage several times asking about the cap to this or that. Of course I haven't seen them! If you paint them she cant tell you took it... :question:
My 10" Cave has the bottom of a bathroom trash can stuck on the top and a shower cap stays on the bottom... Keeps the spiders out.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:54 PM

Oh! Can I play?

<< EDITED TO ADD: Meade 277 60mm f5. Pretty standard dewshield diameter, though >>

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:28 PM

Anyone have any Dew Cap suggestions for the Celestron ED80 ?

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:00 PM

Start going through your kitchen cupboards! You will most likely find something and you can post it here! :jump:

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:41 AM

I made a dew shield from craft foam, glue and velcro from Hobby Lobby. The foam is black, comes in several sheet sizes and thicknesses for under $2 a sheet. Very easy to work with and works perfectly in keeping the dew at bay.
My 2ยข... :grin:

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 04:39 AM

From time-to-time I see posts and responses in various places mentioning the use of plastic caps and cans from everyday items available at the grocery store that can double as dew caps or dew shields.




I though it might be useful to have a place to post this information in one place so everyone can benefit.

Please post all the information you have. If you want to know if anyone has found something just ask and hopefully someone will respond.

Thanks!

jon


I found a great source for caps at www.caplugs.com and the great thing about them is that they will send you a couple samples items for free. The ones I get are the flexible vinyl type and I just had one sent to Doug76 for his 100mm Carton and based on the measurements he gave me the one he got fits like a glove. Also their prices are very good and if I remeber correctly there is no minimum.

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:14 AM

Nice Post Here .I have been using some discarded plastic medicine bottles to hold many of my eyepieces both standard and substandard .These are airtight and have locking type lids . The ones I request for when getting prescription refills are slightly larger than the eyepieces themselves and provide excellent protection.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:37 PM

Here's a good one. If you have a 76.2mm Tasco 10TE or a Sears No. 4 6339-A and it's missing the rear metal dust cap for the OTA when it is packed away then you can use the top off a "Wet Ones" plastic can.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:39 PM

Here is a shot of the "Wet Ones" plastic can i case you want to find one. They are great wipes BTW!

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:50 PM

Thanks Jon! I just realized recently (well, when I started reading this thread) that the rear dust cap was the only thing missing from my Royal Astro 76mm scope. I've been all through my kitchen and have come up with nothing.

I'm going to have to take a trip to the store for some Wet Ones. :)

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:54 PM

You bet Marcy. Please post a picture when you get it. Glad to be of help! :jump:

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:24 AM

<Noise from the kitchen....>

"Honey?"

"Yes?"

"You know the Pyrex containers you use for leftovers?"

"Yes?"

"Can I have one of the blue covers of the small ones?"

"What for?"

<Silence>

"A telescope."

<Silence>

"You've gone insane, you know?"

4" Goto

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:07 PM

"You've gone insane, you know?
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Awesome!!

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:00 PM

Did she let you keep it?
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Berts bees Hand Salve Tin lid. with a felt liner fits the Towa dew shield for my pink Swift <input type=

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 03:21 PM

Hi Jon

From time-to-time I see posts and responses in various places mentioning the use of plastic caps and cans from everyday items available at the grocery store that can double as dew caps or dew shields.

Please post all the information you have.


Thanks Jon for this thread. I have a Meade Model 300 with a 6x30 right angle finder (model #633) that was missing its cap. After reading this thread I decided to try some caps from some on hand household items. After trying a few different caps I finally found a plastic push on milk bottle cap. I didn't have the courage to pour out the contents (mostly full) but used a permanent marker on the bottle to not throw the cap away when empty. A good washing and I have a fine looking red replacement cap.

Here is an image with the cap on the finder. It fits nice and snug just like it was made for it.

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This is a closeup of the (finder) cap showing the inside grooves and ridges.

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peace & clear skies,

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Posted 27 May 2011 - 04:56 PM

I tend to loose EP caps so as a replacement I use old caps from the 'powerade' bottles.

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 01:27 PM

These all look nicer than my one size fits all shower cap. I use it to cover my home-made finder scope

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:28 PM

I found a source.
Cover your scopes responsibly.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 08:53 PM

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