LOL. Sorry I mislead you. I only meant that I would know within seconds whether it would work, not that I would be back within seconds to report.
Anyway, I will post a pic later, but it did work. The rubberized needlenosed pliers did the trick. The cup was not tight at all, and I probably could have removed it with my fingers, if my fingers could have fit inside the tiny barrel. The elements cleaned up well.
I tried to use them a bit tonight. Seeing was bad, very twinkly, and it is 23*. Not terribly cold, but it made it complicated. Numb fingers and little eyepieces are not a good mix. So, no real solid impression or conclusion.
I think I needed more time for the scope to cool down. It is cold on our front porch, but I am guessing there is around 20+ degrees difference between where the scope is stored and the outdoors tonight. I assume that the combination of the seeing conditions and insufficiently cooled scope were factors. However, the views of Mars and Pleiades were not breathtaking. The eps came apart and went back together very smoothly and simply. So, it is not impossible for me to have messed something up, I suppose, but I am leaning towards the conditions for tonight. I will give it another go as soon as time permits and the weather cooperates. They definitely look much better.