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#1 Ed D

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:53 PM

I remember having seen replacement eyepiece cups/eye guards before, but now that I need to replace a few worn out ones I can't find them. Anyone know of any US vendors?

Thanks,
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#2 AL W

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:54 PM

Ed D,

Jim of ScopeStuff might know.

http://www.scopestuff.com

Please post back where, if you find them.

Thanks :)

#3 Brian Risley

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:04 PM

Astro Caps (Astrospares on Ebay) is currently out until the 23rd. They carry a variety too.

#4 amicus sidera

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:22 PM

Edmund Optics carries them: EO rubber eyeguards ...

This question came up very recently on the Eyepiece forum, thread here.

The search function is your friend! ;)

#5 Never2Busy4You

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:22 PM

You can get soft Accordian style Eyeguards & Bat Wing style Eyeguards from Orion by searching "Eyeguard" but if your only buying them try to find a Free shipping Code, or Coupon, as they cost almost as much to ship.
I have both types that I sometimes use on my Ortho's, the Wing type are very nice for sheilding light, the Accordian type can be cutt down depending on eyerelief or preferance.

#6 Richard Low

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:00 AM

Agena Astro sell one type of roll-down rubber eye guard in a few sizes, ID of 29mm, 40mm, 48mm and 57mm.

http://agenaastro.co...h8lgqofk2obhkr1

#7 Richard Low

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:17 AM

Alpine Astro sells three sizes of Baader Winged Rubber Eyecups.

http://www.alpineast...Accessories.htm

#8 Mike B

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:24 AM

replacement eyepiece cups/eye guards... Anyone know of any US vendors?



My garage.

Yeah- prob'ly yours, too.

It's a Don Pensack (Starman1) solution: cut a short segment from an old bike innertube... clean it up, fold it in on itself (like a "cuff")), then pull over the top end of the EP so it protrudes to the desired height.

Okay, it ain't particularly pretty. But it's quite functional! It's also readily available... and the price is prob'ly right. ;)

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#9 Ed D

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:32 AM

Thanks all for the help.

Ed D

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:10 PM

replacement eyepiece cups/eye guards... Anyone know of any US vendors?



My garage.

Yeah- prob'ly yours, too.

It's a Don Pensack (Starman1) solution: cut a short segment from an old bike innertube... clean it up, fold it in on itself (like a "cuff")), then pull over the top end of the EP so it protrudes to the desired height.

Okay, it ain't particularly pretty. But it's quite functional! It's also readily available... and the price is prob'ly right. ;)

Mike,
I'm surprised you use them pulled down so far.
If that's the height you like, you could trim the bottoms so the tubes end just shy of the knurling on the eyepiece bodies.

Perchance are those Meade Series 4000 Japanese 5-element "Super Plossl"s from the '90s?

#11 Scanning4Comets

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

That's awesome Mike! :cool:

#12 Sarkikos

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

I don't have a bike, so I don't have old inner tubes. Won't work for me, though I guess I could go to a bike shop. :thinking:

But I just shop around for the eyecups and buy them as I need them. :shrug:

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

Mike,
You're thrifty, aren't you?
An inner tube costs about $5 and you can get a hundred eyecups out of one tube.
That's cheaper than ANY after-market eyecups.

#14 John Kuraoka

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

I just bought one from Oceanside Photo & Telescope during a free shipping promotion. As a member of this forum, you can sign up for OPT's Rewards program too, which gives a modest discount.

Here's a link to the product page. I see it's low inventory now, so I sorta wish I'd bought a couple!
http://www.optcorp.c...w=eyeguard&st=2

#15 Sarkikos

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

Mike,
You're thrifty, aren't you?
An inner tube costs about $5 and you can get a hundred eyecups out of one tube.
That's cheaper than ANY after-market eyecups.


Yes, thrifty, but with a tendency toward lazy! Besides, my time is worth something. It's so much easier to just order an eyecup that's manufactured and ready to go.

:grin:
Mike


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