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#101 aatt

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Posted 26 March 2019 - 07:02 PM

I have an old Orion silver case for most of my 1.25"'s and bought a harbor freight pluck foam tool case for my 2" and my workhorse 1.25"'s Cheap and effective.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 03:19 AM

I use tool boxes from Harbor Freight and sheets of polystyrene foam (the firm blue or pink kind, not the crumbly white) which I cut hole in with a large X-Acto knife. If my EP line-up changes I get new foam and cut different holes.

 

They are inserted vertically BTW, you can easily get tool boxes tall enough for your longest EPs, and have room for a sheet of foam on the bottom.

 

I know some people get expensive high impact cases, that are water-tight and have pressure release valves. I guess they go sky-diving with them over the ocean, or something. I just take mine out to dark sites.

No sky diving at my age, lol.

 

I use the fancy cases because at my age, and living on disability now, if I mess these up, there's no getting new ones. 

So piece of mind mostly



#103 old_enough

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 07:12 AM

Hello,

 

as shown in another similar thread, I did try to find a god compromise between size, weight and protection. My small binotelescope fits into a hand luggage sized backpack so the eyepieces should not take the same amount of space. I found a small laptop bag and cut a simple foam separator inlet. Works fine and I can finally put those cumbersome bolt cases to rest. 

 

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Best,

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#104 epee

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 07:18 AM

Nicely done. Looks classy, too!



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:48 PM

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

Well this isn't working . The box is completely full now!



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 11:52 AM

Made some updates to my Pelican 1600. Changed the pluck-foam for padded dividers so I'd have more room.

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#107 MartinPond

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Posted 28 May 2019 - 01:24 PM

I experiment,.... 

 

So I thought a tackle box would be handy.

Actually, one of those makeup cases is just right:

 

 

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$5 at Saver's...  had to take off some rouge with Windex.

 

That 74-deg ASPH-Plossl  or the 80-deg later-bloomer 1,2,1/Asp are right handy.

The irises and haze-cutter 30mm dbl-asph-rams are ready for the coast and lake..

Threaded-tube-planetaries and Bits 'n' Bobs for that special capture.

 

Gone Fishin..

 

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#108 Mikefp

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:14 PM

Someone on CN here makes these.  They are beautiful.

 

https://a-case-for-astronomy.webs.com

I own two of the custom wood eyepiece boxes and love them for my old school eyepieces.



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 04:20 PM

I liked some of the previous ideas to modify existing solutions to a new usage.  It gave me the idea to take the guts from my newly purchased used Denkmeier Binoviewer case and transfer it to an empty 1500 Pelican case.  The bigger case gave me a new unused cavity of 5x14x6" deep.  It's not the most efficient use of all the square inches of foam but i skipped all the work of cutting out all those pockets. I even have room for a few more eyepieces, although better organization would help.  I just literally tossed everything in this morning.   When I finally settle down to final eyepiece selection then I can do a proper pluck layout.  For now it looke pretty slick, and it sure beats the Tupperware  cases I was using .

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 05:17 AM

Wooden Wonders. It's very nice, but rather heavy.
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#111 dUbeni

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 09:25 AM

Hi, here is my new eyepiece case, a Peli 1520, and my vintage one cool.gif

69 My New Peli 1520
It weighs 22 lbs (10Kg) with all the glass in it.
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and my 12 year old case with my older eyepieces. 8 lbs (3,6Kg)
 
Clear skies
Bernardo

 



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Posted 18 June 2019 - 03:53 AM

pelican 15xx are awesome sized as eyepiece cases.



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Posted 18 June 2019 - 03:57 AM

I just got a flyer from Harbor Freight that their Arrow line of Pelican clones are in deep discount.  a 9.25 x 7.5 x 4.375 is $9.99, seriously cheap.



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Posted 18 June 2019 - 05:19 AM

Case pelican 1490 second-hand 60$, average density foam 3$.

 

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Posted 22 June 2019 - 10:32 AM

The previous poster RKelly mentioned that soft dividers give more room than plucked foam so I ordered them.  Here is a view of the old foam divider ( taken from a Denkmeier case) and the current version of soft dividers.  Soft dividers do offer more usable pockets but they are not totally locked in place so it's not as " crispy". As long as it is filled in completely I think it's pretty safe.  It shouldn't bounce around.

 

Overall you can see that there is no dead spaces and I can pack a lot more into my relatively small 1500 pelican case.  Even a camera body.

 

As a professional photographer I really do love making and assembling cases and boxes to hold equipment. It's so fulfilling to arrange all our pressious  accessories.  I get the sense that astronomers have the same affliction.

 

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Posted 23 June 2019 - 12:05 AM

The previous poster RKelly mentioned that soft dividers give more room than plucked foam so I ordered them.  Here is a view of the old foam divider ( taken from a Denkmeier case) and the current version of soft dividers.  Soft dividers do offer more usable pockets but they are not totally locked in place so it's not as " crispy". As long as it is filled in completely I think it's pretty safe.  It shouldn't bounce around.

 

Overall you can see that there is no dead spaces and I can pack a lot more into my relatively small 1500 pelican case.  Even a camera body.

 

As a professional photographer I really do love making and assembling cases and boxes to hold equipment. It's so fulfilling to arrange all our pressious  accessories.  I get the sense that astronomers have the same affliction.

Nice! Thanks for the shout-out waytogo.gif I made a few additions since my last post. I only use the Stellarvue 80mm finder with my SCT, and it was taking up too much needed space in my case. Now I have room left for one or two more eye-p's grin.gif

 

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#117 pierce

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 12:01 AM

I've noticed Harbor Freight has been running specials on their pelican-style clone cases, insanely cheap, small ones are under $10 in many of the flyers.



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Posted 25 June 2019 - 12:30 AM

I use plastic cases made for handguns. Pretty easy to cut out the foam. Very affordable. 

 

This thread has made me aware of the Harbor Freight clones, though, so that’s what I’ll probably move towards. 



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Posted 25 June 2019 - 03:23 AM

I bought a smallish pelican case, figured my eyepieces cost me nearly $1000, so its worth it.

 

I ended up getting more big 2" eyepieces, and the little case was too small, but acquired used a larger pelican 1500 case.  my astronomy pelicans are all bright yellow, which often isn't an option in cheaper cases.   I like to SEE my stuff under dark red light laugh.gif

 

I also take care of our club-owned pair of Oberwerk BT45-100 Binoculars that are in a huge and heavy yellow Pelican/Storm iM2950 case, with the binos inside, that case weighs 60 lbs, but it has a extensible handle and wheels.   these are binocular 100mm f/6 ED's with 45 degree eyepiece holders that use 1.25" eyepieces.    they fit on a rather sturdy fork mount that goes on top of a heavy duty Manfrotto tripod that has a crank lift column that handles their weight.   

 

They came with 60 deg wide 24mm eyepieces, good for 25X, I've added a pair of 14mm 82 wide ES, for 40X.

 

so, 25x100 2.5 deg, or 40x100 2 deg FOV.   the problem is, binos in their case are big and heavy, the tripod is pretty hefty too, and the forks are loose and weigh a lot too....  ok, the binos in their case weigh 60 lbs,  tripod is 21 lbs, and the forks are 13 lbs.  so thats close to 100 lbs to haul around to set these up.    plus you want a adjustable stool.   they give awesome views of the andromeda galaxy, orion, the sagitarius region, perseids, etc.  wide field objects.

 

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 01:12 PM

I'm not ultra-organized with my accessory cases, but organized enough.  I keep it simple for me...

 

Both cases are basic Meade and Celestron generic cases.

 

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 03:22 PM

image.jpegI went with a Nanuk case with MyCaseBuilders custom PE foam. I considered the size, overall fit/finish, and case latches of the Nanuk to be the best choice after comparing them to Pelican, Pelican Storm, Pelican Air, HPRC, and Seahorse brands. I think the investment ($170) is small given the price of the glass it holds.

Before that I was using the original EP boxes in a large cardboard box for transportation...Too risky for the drive to a dark site in my opinion!


I also went with a Nanuk case because I liked the latches better than those on the Pelican. I’m surprised they have not been mentioned more in this thread. I might design the custom foam once I decided on my low power eyepiece, that’s the last one left to sort out.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 11:06 AM

I bought a toolbox from Lowe's. 20.12 x 11.75 x 10.75 inch (51.5 x 30 x27.5 cm)

 

All my eyepieces fit there, and I can add a padded bag with the starsense and a finder.. Unless the ground is not flat, gravity seems to be in my favor when the box is open (The Nagler 31 helps...) with small real state being occupied.

 

I filled the box with a Feldherr FS090R-Bundle 90 mm customizable pick pluck foam. The pieces of foam that I took off served to fill the space around the second diagonal and the 31mm (I wrapped them in bubble wrap).

 

I still have room for some specialty eyepiece that may come in the future (no plans yet), since some of the EP in the box are regular Plössl than I don't use.

 

May be not the best solution, but I'm very happy with it, especially because is a DYI eyepiece box.

 

 

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 11:11 AM

For anyone planning to buy a Harbor Freight Apache case there is a 25% off coupon good through the end of September.

 

At the attached link scroll down about two thirds of the way for a 25% off coupon good on any Harbor Freight Apache case (limit 3).

https://www.harborfr...gs_coupons.html


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:20 PM

For anyone planning to buy a Harbor Freight Apache case there is a 25% off coupon good through the end of September.

 

At the attached link scroll down about two thirds of the way for a 25% off coupon good on any Harbor Freight Apache case (limit 3).

https://www.harborfr...gs_coupons.html

These are very nice cases for the price. I bought the 3800 for my 1.25 eyepieces, diagonals, Barlow's, filters. The S&T Pocket Sky Atlas fits behind the top cover foam. Buying the next smaller size for my 2" eyepieces. 

 

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Posted 08 September 2019 - 02:36 PM

I just switched from a tool box to a Vault by Pelican VR200.  Cutting the foam was trickier than expected.

 

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