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#126 RFeaster

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:28 PM

Apache 4800 with Kaizen Foam

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 06:01 AM

Case with boxes in it.



#128 Jim7728

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 08:53 AM

Pelican case with padded dividers.

 

and  Husky clear polycarbonate cases from Home Depot.  Great for smaller eyepieces and accessories.

 

 

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 06:15 PM

All my glass is Televue Nags and Ethos. Use nothing but a foam lined Pelican airtight case.

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#130 MitchAlsup

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 06:26 PM

What is everyone using to store there eyepieces in?

Stetson hat box. Been using it for about 15 years.

 

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Also contains the 20" F/4 DOM assembly parts, and tools, binoculars, and a few other things.


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:39 AM

Some years back I picked up a half dozen plastic tool boxes, the ones with a removable tray on top. Eyepieces with boxes in the bottom, eyepieces without boxes in the tray. Other boxes get used for different purposes, eg firearm accessories, spare parts and tools. 

 

Apart from the obvious convenience problem I have gotten burned a couple of times when I picked up the "rifle stuff" or "spare parts" box by mistake instead of the "telescope stuff". Yes I should label them. The idea of having a bunch of identical boxes for easy stacking was attractive, but it's fair to say it hasn't worked out. 

 

Now that I have enough eyepieces and camera stuff to more than fill the tool box I'm looking at picking up at least one Nanuk case, but trying not to repeat the same mistake I made with the tool boxes. I have a 995 case I use for a long range rifle; I have been inspired by people using rifle cases for eyepieces but will probably start with something smaller.

 

The 910 seems like an obvious choice but (a) if I ever end up with a "hand grenade" eyepiece it will be a pretty tight fit and (b) it would be nice to be able to carry some small CMOS cameras and fittings as well... so probably will end up with a 930. 

 

The 930 is deep enough to store eyepieces standing up, which makes a lot of sense, but eyepieces all look pretty much the same standing up. How do you tell them apart ? The nice thing about storing them on their sides is that it's really easy to find the one you want. I haven't found much in the way of "big but not deep" cases and the idea of wasting space bothers me more than it really should. Bleah...

 

EDIT - just ordered a 930 with padded dividers... seems like a better option than having to buy new foam every time I change my mind laugh.gif


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 11:00 AM

So one thing that amazes me is that so many folks use cases with foam cutouts.

 

Foam crumbles with wear and weather. I just don't trust it after an experience with foam flecks found in high end EP's in a foam fit ep case previously.

 

I like the wooden cases, but a lot of weight is added, which in turn makes it hard to have a reliable top handle/latch setup.

 

By accident, I've recently seen some serious "make-up train cases" that look to be interesting.

 

https://www.amazon.c...E7Y2TMV3B2XBY7S

 

I've got a lot of EP's;...full set of Brandons for detail/contrast, set of Panoptics/Naglers for wide field observing, set of .965 EP's for classic refractor....plus filters, diagonals, etc.

 

Currently this requires up to 4 different cases/containers....hence the interest in the "make-up train case" option.


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 11:45 AM

So one thing that amazes me is that so many folks use cases with foam cutouts.

 

Foam crumbles with wear and weather. I just don't trust it after an experience with foam flecks found in high end EP's in a foam fit ep case previously.

 

 

the sort of foam Pelican uses, I've never experienced this.  it also doesn't outgas when new, at least there's no chemical smell, not even a trace, even after its been hermetically closed up on a hot day, and you first open it.   photographers have used these cases for decades.


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#134 semiosteve

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 09:48 AM

the sort of foam Pelican uses, I've never experienced this.  it also doesn't outgas when new, at least there's no chemical smell, not even a trace, even after its been hermetically closed up on a hot day, and you first open it.   photographers have used these cases for decades.

From just looking at the pix in this thread you can see several types of foam. Some look very stiff and durable, others less so.

 

As near as I can recall, my undesirable experience was with plucked foam. So that might be the difference.



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Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:24 PM

EDIT - just ordered a (Nanuk) 930 with padded dividers... seems like a better option than having to buy new foam every time I change my mind laugh.gif

Arrived today... first impressions are very positive. Latches are nice and solid, outer shell looks good, and lots of velcro'ed dividers. There's a nice inch or so of foam under the dividers so everything definitely covered in all directions.

 

Tomorrow night will do a first cut at sticking the dividers together and see how it works. I'm planning to use this for both eyepieces and cameras so hopefully new case won't mean I need new eyepieces to fill it.


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Posted 20 September 2019 - 06:19 PM

Here's my "Junk in the trunk"

 

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 06:00 PM

 

Here's my "Junk in the trunk"

 

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#138 sipster

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:08 PM

Pelican 1600 case for everything. My pride and joy.



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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:28 PM

I use a Pelican/Storm iM3300 case. It's a fairly large case, but I picked that size because I can fit my entire eyepiece set in there and it means one trip out the door or into the car with everything I need. They aren't cheap, but really only cost about 1% of what's inside the case, so it's money well spent for the peace of mind. 

 

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 09:42 AM

So one thing that amazes me is that so many folks use cases with foam cutouts.

 

Foam crumbles with wear and weather. I just don't trust it after an experience with foam flecks found in high end EP's in a foam fit ep case previously.

I’ve used Pelican cases for years and even after twenty years of use the foam stands up well. I’ve had your experience with foam in inexpensive cases.



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 11:23 AM

Hello all,

 

I don't pay much attention to the fashionable cases, have just 1 old Leitz metal case originally padded for the 0.965" small eyepieces, and somehow I have lots of these small EPs.

During the observing session, two or three bigger EPs are in an old Minolta waste bag on my belly,

the Leitz case is on a table, and the star hopping EP is in my pocket when not used.

The filters are on the filter wheel, so no hassle with the filters.

 

More practical is the orchestra notes stand for the atlas, next to the scope.

 

Clear skies,

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 01:13 PM

I use a Pelican 1520 case with pick-pluck foam and I absolutely love it. I don't have a ton of ep's so the case has room for growth. It's laid out with the ep caps facing up because there is enough depth to accommodate my 5 ep's. I keep the 2" diagonal in the case and a RACI Stellarvue 50mm finder along with its reticle ep and a spot to house the ep illuminator. Also is a Astro Tech 2" barlow. That did need to be laid in on it's side to fit. I felt that up and down was to tight a squeeze for my comfort. Not a big deal to lay it out on its side. Better safe than sorry.

 

As is now the entire center of the case is unused. It could easily house my Telrad with room left over. I keep the Telrad on my scope and both are kept in a unused dresser drawer with foam in it so they are safe and sound. 

 

I picked up the 1520 on Amazon for $120 and with tax and shipping came to $134. While not cheap, I know it's money well spent. The case will outlive me. I figure in doing so it will also keep the contents safe, thus they too will outlive me. As of now there is roughly $700 of equipment stowed inside. If ever a disaster, I wouldn't be able to replace the contents any time soon. So the hobby I enjoy so much would become a memory. For the cost of my ES 68° 24mm eyepiece  I have a piece of mind that my equipment is safe in a container with time tested proven performance. 

 

 


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 03:11 AM

I'm about done with my pick-pluck Pelican foam, and ready to order a custom cut.



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Posted 03 October 2019 - 03:50 AM

Evolution Gear Rifle Case:

 

Custom foam to be ordered as soon as I decide on two more eyepieces......

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 02:25 PM

Pelican 1400

 

 

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:48 PM

I got an “aluminum” tool case from Harbor Freight for something like $25. It has pluck foam, carries all my stuff, has room for more, and it’s plenty durable for driving from one place to another.

It beats Celestron and Meade cases by about $40, and I’m a happy camper!92c9bc48d1c5a6e741194998918729ae.jpg0be7706b3ba1d6dc78298ffa3a19aca5.jpgc37d3d4668d1c6dc39664a7245cdcc32.jpg


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Posted 03 October 2019 - 06:49 PM

I got an “aluminum” tool case...


I actually believe it’s all plastic, but .


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 11:07 AM

Apache. Gave the wood wonders a good hard look though.

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 01:14 PM

Apache 4800 with Kaizen Foam

Didn't know about Kaizen Foam. That stuff looks awesome, and it looks affordable. I'll have to get some when I've got my final eyepiece set and I'm ready to re-organize.



#150 RFeaster

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 10:14 PM

Didn't know about Kaizen Foam. That stuff looks awesome, and it looks affordable. I'll have to get some when I've got my final eyepiece set and I'm ready to re-organize.

2 layers of the 2 1/4" stuff fits the Apache 4800 perfectly.  Got a 2' x 4' sheet for about $25.




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