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#51 Sarkikos

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 09:34 AM

I store my best eyepieces in a Pelicon 1500 case, and I take them to dark sites in that case.

 

For grab-n-go at home, I put three or so eyepieces in a small equipment bag, and hang the bag around the tripod.  

 

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 01:54 PM

Another vote for cases from second hand stores.

All kinds if different sizes and types available.



#53 HarryBnBad

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 02:34 PM

Yep

In fact. Going later today to harbor frieght and get one of the Apache cases. I have a 25 percent coupon. Itll be like 10 bucks off. It should work for a while. I seen some videos of people spraying black rubber sealer on the pluck n pic foam to lock it in place after you fit all their eyepieces.

It has to be better then the smaller celestron case I've been using. I thought I'd put my cheaper lens and what nots in my old case. I'll let every one know how it turns out.
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Posted 01 March 2019 - 02:48 PM

I'd be extremely cautious of any sort of sealer spray in a airtight container that will be holding optics.   I'm even cautious about using cheap foams, this stuff outgasses, and those gasses can make a mess of your optical coatings.   my pelican case has been well over 100F after being in the covered back of my truck on a hot day.   I note the genuine Pelican case foam has absolutely no smells even fresh new, thats a good sign its free of any volatiles.



#55 Mr. Mike

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 02:49 PM

I find that scope cases that either come with your scope or are made for them work great.  They always have extra spots for finders, eyepieces, etc.  Once case to rule them all! ;).  You probably pay more but its convenient and I like to carry as little as possible out with me on the patio or to the car.


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#56 pierce

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:01 PM

I find that scope cases that either come with your scope or are made for them work great.  They always have extra spots for finders, eyepieces, etc.  Once case to rule them all! wink.gif.  You probably pay more but its convenient and I like to carry as little as possible out with me on the patio or to the car.

 

hmmm.  closest thing my 'scope' has to a 'case' is the truck I transport it in. :D

 

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it *does" have room for everything!    (thats my older '1400' eyepiece case, btw, I've graduated to a '1500' since taking that pic, that way my telrad, collimation laser, etc all have a happy place)


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#57 Mr. Mike

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 05:19 PM

hmmm.  closest thing my 'scope' has to a 'case' is the truck I transport it in. laugh.gif

 

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it *does" have room for everything!    (thats my older '1400' eyepiece case, btw, I've graduated to a '1500' since taking that pic, that way my telrad, collimation laser, etc all have a happy place)

Sweet!  And you have room for about 300/400 or so 2" eyepieces in there too! :D


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 05:50 PM

Sweet!  And you have room for about 300/400 or so 2" eyepieces in there too! laugh.gif

 

hah, thats an 8' longbed, probably quite a lot more.

 

but really, i just need these, which nicely fit in my pelican..

 

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 06:10 PM

hah, thats an 8' longbed, probably quite a lot more.

 

but really, i just need these, which nicely fit in my pelican..

 

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Nice full set of explore scientific EPS there.....cool!



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Posted 01 March 2019 - 06:29 PM

What are you all talking about?  Surely, all you need is that little eyepiece rack that comes with the scope. 

 

I mean, it holds three plossls!



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Posted 02 March 2019 - 10:08 AM

which filters do you use Jon?

 

I have UHC, OIII and H-Beta in both 1.25 inch and 2 inch.  The 2 inch UHC is an Ultrablock, the O-III is an Orion and H-Beta is an old Lumicon.  I am thinking of buying the 2 inch TeleVue UHC and O-III, Don says they are as good as it gets.  

 

I fit the filters along the edge of the foam in my main eyepiece case, that way they are always right there wherever I go... 

 

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 11:34 AM

Just a wood box.

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 01:14 PM

I found this other picture, the 40mm Meade 5000 SWA has been dethroned by a 30mm ES82, and the eyepiece tray varies depending on the season.  This case is mainly used with my 12" Dob, when used with the C9.25, the columination tools are replaced with a visual back and diagonal.

 

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 11:34 PM

So this forum string has cost me some money now. I thought about it and ordered some Kaizan foam specific to the P1610, a tool for cutting fingerholes, a cutting tool and a marker that may be useful from something called The Pelican Store and I'm going to fabricate my own version of the high end case foam configuration. In case I need to adapt to future additions (I hope NOT), I will have the tools in hand. I'll probably check out hot knife foam cutters at craft/art supply/big box stores before the foam arrives just to get the best finish possible. Making is fun.

Of course, most of the cases we use are overkill for our eyepieces because even in the rugged cases we handle them gently.

It came out OK.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 12:44 AM

It came out OK.

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Very nice! Looks great

I took a break about 5 minutes ago from useing some Kazian foam left overs,, in a smaller size Apache case. I'm going to use the case for a lunar// planetary only kit

Lite weight, simple glass. & 1-1/4 ep's only setting up the case for a soon to be 180mm Mak coming my way. Like you say the fun is in the making ..true,   I love fabing neat stuff in general!!


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 01:38 AM

Of course, most of the cases we use are overkill for our eyepieces because even in the rugged cases we handle them gently.

 

 

hah, when my eyepieces and stuff are in a pelican case, I don't worry at all about them, and they get tossed in the truck and banged around.


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 01:45 AM

Proper use!



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Posted 08 March 2019 - 08:22 AM

Yeah I know ! I went all out. For now LOL

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 11:53 AM

Yeah I know ! I went all out. For now LOL

Looks like Rodney Dangerfield eyepieces. lol.gif Gets no respect.

 

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:07 AM

When Mapelys shut down, I bought a stack of aluminium cases at 1/4 their original price.

 

My full ranges and expensive eyepieces got priority, rest are in leather or tough camera bags. 

 

Astronomer guarding his eye pieces 

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 05:59 PM

I wrap them in a bandanna and hang them form a stick thrown over my shoulder... and I get to sleep in a Sonotube telescope. lol.gif



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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:19 PM

Pelican 1600

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:10 PM

I use a Harbor Freight Apache 4800. Holds my finder, telrad, red light, filters, EPs and the battery pack for my primary fan. Unfortunately I set it up when I had less EPs and am not entirely sure how I'm gonna fit the ES 82 14mm EP I've got on the way but I'll figure something out even if I have to buy some more foam and redo it. Right now it's super convenient because it's one trip for the box for all my accessories and my charts, one trip for the OTA and one for the base and I'm hoping to keep it that way.



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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:59 AM

Used one of these for a couple decades (back when it was branded Doskocil).

 

https://www.bhphotov...Large_Case.html

 

They are extremely durable for the cost. Not as cheap as an Apache, but like 90% as good as Pelican for 1/4th the price.

 

Ran out of room and upgraded to this https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (which is also an excellent value). I got lucky and due to a pricing glitch, got it for $45. 


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:42 AM

I'm using this pluck foam EVA case, not so much for protection, just for transport/storage

 

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B01M2YDZKO

 

 

 

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