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#1 57bel

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:36 PM

Hello,

I recently bought a some used eyepieces, and when added to my current collection, it is a lot to move! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good carrying case or bag or box. I have seen some for some specific sets on amazon but none that seem to fit all in one bag. Would the best bet be to buy a box and foam and cut my own? Any and all recommendations appreciated!

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Also: 4mm, 10 mm, 12.5 mm, 20mm, 25mm and a Meade 2x barlow all for a 1.25"



#2 luxo II

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:45 PM

The Tenba Toolboxes (try BHPhoto) are neat bags with dividers, three sizes available.
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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:46 PM

For my EP's i use two Baader Hyperion EP cases (without those hyperions). They are of good quaility, not expensive, have some precut foam inlays and al the ep's are able to lying down which i prefer in stead of the standing EP position.


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#4 izar187

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:50 PM

Second hand stores for have worked for me.

Easy to up grade in size when needed.

Very affordable.

 

Also check this recent thread:

https://www.cloudyni...age-containers/


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#5 57bel

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:55 PM

Thanks for the info Traveler, luxo II and Izar187! Great advice, will check thrift stores then go with Baader I believe. For future reference, is there a way to search on this forum? I cannot seem to find a search function other then ctrl+f.

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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:57 PM

Best way to search through CN is doing with google:  type Cloudynights and then the subject. Lots of entries will shown. Way better then the  search function from CN....cool.gif 


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Posted 11 December 2019 - 11:59 PM

If you want a hard case but don’t want to spend a lot check out the Apache cases at Harbor Freight.  With a Harbor Freight coupon they are cheap.  And various sizes are available.


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Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:23 AM

I use a camera bag with lots of dividers. After all - a lot of eyepieces these days are as big as camera lenses!

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 12:50 AM

I use these lunch bags.,$3.00 from the thrift store.,This one holds my 2" stuff.,You can't run it over.,but it keeps them warm an dry.,good luck.,

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 08:54 AM

There are many, many threads discussing eyepiece and accessory cases on Cloudy Nights.

 

Harbor Freight sells cases much like those sold by Orion and Baader https://www.harborfr...case-69318.html

 

Harbor Freight also sells cases much like the Pelican Cases https://www.harborfr...h?q=apache case

 

Wood Wonders has followers who like the classic appeal https://www.wood-wonders.com/eyepiece/

 

Others make an off the shelf tool box or cooler with DIY retaining holes or dividers look good.

 

I currently use a soft side camera bag but if I ever feel the need to change that set-up, I'll likely go with one of the Apache cases.


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#11 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 01:36 PM

Hello,

I recently bought a some used eyepieces, and when added to my current collection, it is a lot to move! I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good carrying case or bag or box. I have seen some for some specific sets on amazon but none that seem to fit all in one bag. Would the best bet be to buy a box and foam and cut my own? Any and all recommendations appreciated!

-57bel

Also: 4mm, 10 mm, 12.5 mm, 20mm, 25mm and a Meade 2x barlow all for a 1.25"

 

I use a heavy duty aluminum cases with my eyepieces laying flat. I like them flat so I can easily identify them and pick them up from the center, no risk of accidentally touch the glass in the dark.

 

Without knowing, physical size and weight of your eyepieces, it's hard to make a specific recommendation..

 

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#12 Scott Beith

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Posted 12 December 2019 - 02:16 PM

I use the Orion Deluxe Telescope Accessory Cases (large and medium).  They have served me well.



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Posted 16 December 2019 - 08:39 AM

Mine is a sleek jatoba case with finger jointed sides, clam shell top with a plexiglass eyepiece tray that I plan to illuminate with red LEDs.

10" tall, 14" X 24", tray holds 6 2" and 8 1 1/4" accessories.


All hardware is brass with 1/16" brass plate lining the openings in the case.


3/4" thick carcass.

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 09:40 AM

   I use an Apache case from Harbor Freight. They are cheap with coupons, durable and available in various sizes.


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 11:44 AM

Yet another vote for Harbor Freight Apache boxes.

I have some Pelican's too and I like these just as well. (OK, the foam isn't quite as nice, but for the price difference I'm good with it.)

 

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 11:45 AM

For many years I've used a homemade box consisting of a small six-pack size cooler with a hardboard base that can hold six 2-inch eyepieces or four 2-inch plus three 1.25-inch. This always keeps the eyepieces warm enough to prevent dew or frost as long as I keep the lid on. If you need some heat, you could throw in a chemical hand warmer packet or two.

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 02:31 PM

I've always been partial to Pelican cases. Not the cheapest solution, but they offer great protection for precious cargo wink.gif

 

 

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 05:08 PM

I got 2 cases like this from a local store.

https://www.amazon.c...ob_title_sports

It's the Plano 1404-2 case with 'pluck' foam as the middle layer. It's NOT water tight and doesn't seal like the Pelicans and others but it does a nice job of padding the various EPs and miscellaneous stuff to carry back and forth while keeping the dust and dew off. And, at $25 or less they are a bargain! I got mine for $15 on a store closeout and I've seen sales at other stores. I'd probably get something better when I start paying $500+ for an EP but for now it keeps what I've got organized without a lot of extra case parts to keep track of in the field.



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Posted 16 December 2019 - 07:30 PM

I've always been partial to Pelican cases. Not the cheapest solution, but they offer great protection for precious cargo wink.gif

  Do you know what Pelican Case number that is..??



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Posted 16 December 2019 - 11:58 PM

A good hard and or soft case is essential to getting all your EP's out safely and efficiently.

 

I have numerous means of carrying my gear.  Two backpacks (one photobackpack) one soft canon case and one smaller soft case.  I have 3 hard cases which barely see use, but typically I will load up a heavy 2" glass set out with a separate hard case, while the 1.25" go into a soft case or the photobackpack. 

 

The Canon soft carrying case was great, purchased at Walmart for a decent price with internal removable dividers. 

 

My favorite is to use a photobackpack with eyepieces in their individual bolt cases, along with a refractor that fits inside the backpack as well.


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#21 SloMoe

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 07:45 AM

The photo backpack can work for a quite literal grab n go

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 07:47 AM

And then for the gonna go out for a while and stare at stuff,,,,

 

Tamarac soft hard side case, those are all Ethos, and a Pan 35, in there hiding under a much better cap.

 

A Paracor-II, my laser, and some other stuff,,,,,,,

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#23 SonnyE

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 08:11 PM

I think pluck foam is just plucking wonderful stuff.

I have a nice heavy duty aluminum case I was given years ago with dividers and blocks of pluck foam.

I also have a small case (also Aluminum) that a set of eyepieces came in. (Yeah, I know. But the case is still nice)

 

Lots of interesting ideas here though... 



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Posted 18 December 2019 - 11:20 AM

Explore Scientific makes a medium sized bag/case that would probably fit everything you have [link below]. It uses padded dividers that are customizable.

 

https://explorescien...e-epwp-kit-case



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Posted 18 December 2019 - 11:54 AM

  Do you know what Pelican Case number that is..??

 

Sorry for the delay. It's a Pelican IM2600 Storm Case. Here is a link


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