I love simplicity. I wanted the ability to just take my mount/tripod (that's all ready and waiting in my garage) outside, and then just have one single case that holds my scope and all my accessories out in one trip.
The stock case came to me with barely enough room for the scope much less being able to put anything else in it. But I saw there was a lot of wasted space inside it. So I planned out redoing the interior to accommodate all my accessories and the scope. First thing I did was take out almost all the padding, except for the bottom and ends. Then it was just a matter of putting in dividers as needed. I work as a custom picture framer and so I used black foamcore board for the "thin walls" that would section off the scope from the accessories, and hot glued it in place.
This is how the case came to me (after I already removed a bit of padding for a couple of things and realized this still wouldn't be enough)...
So I tore out almost all the padding and built my custom foamcore walls. The center section of the wall is a bit lower but you'll see why later...
Then I added padding only where needed to secure the OTA. I had to make the center of the foamcore wall a little lower so the ring clamp knobs would fit nicely over the wall a bit.
Then it was just a matter of figuring out how to place my accessories in the remaining space using a little more loose padding.
Left to right, I have two EP's (8-24mm Zoom and my 32mm EP), my 2X Barlow. Next to that is my Telrad, and because of the Telrad shape, I have my little LED red flashlight sitting on that. To the right of my Telrad, at the far right, is my monster 2" diagonal (which I cannot leave in the scope because the case isn't long enough). What a big difference in size between my old 1.25" and the new 2" diagonal.
Then I just put a piece of padding over my Telrad/flashlight, and drop in my 6X30 finderscope. All ready for a night out. Note that I do have padding over my diagonal, between it and my finderscope but left it off for the pic. Amazing how much room is in this little case with just a little thought and rearranging. The padding on the lid when closed keeps everything in place when carrying it. NOTE: This isn't intended to be a "shipping" case, just a case for me to carry out or take places with me.
Edited by MarkMittlesteadt, 16 August 2020 - 02:01 PM.