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#1 SwimmingFish849

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 02:58 PM

I'm just wondering what you guys use for storage?
My telescopes came in a hardcase and mount has a hard case but the rest of it is just loose I.e. ASIAIR pro, guide scope, guide camera, cables, dew heaters etc

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#2 randcpoll

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 03:13 PM

I store most of that kind of thing in accessory cases.

My accessories that are not sensitive I store in a heavy duty large beach bag.

I also store cables and dew-chaser bands in the beach bag but I curl up each one in its own baggie.



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Posted 14 October 2021 - 03:20 PM

I store most of that kind of thing in accessory cases.
My accessories that are not sensitive I store in a heavy duty large beach bag.
I also store cables and dew-chaser bands in the beach bag but I curl up each one in its own baggie.

What sort of accessory cases do you use?

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 03:40 PM

I use Harbor Freight's Apache cases for pretty much everything.  I don't need pelican cases because if my gear is every flying out of a helicopter, it's because I don't want it anymore.  The foam fall apart.  Use the foam that comes with the case for testing.

 

Get a bundle of Kaizen foam.  It will be used a lot, everywhere, once you have a lot.  Only the top layer needs to be Kaizen because that's what gets damaged the most as things are taken in and out.  You also don't need to bury it all in the foam.  Once you have Kaizen foam, pretty much anything can be made into a carry case as long as it fits inside with a inch to spare around.


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Posted 14 October 2021 - 07:26 PM

I'm just wondering what you guys use for storage?
My telescopes came in a hardcase and mount has a hard case but the rest of it is just loose I.e. ASIAIR pro, guide scope, guide camera, cables, dew heaters etc

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I store my accessories in wood boxes on shelves in a closet and in a cabinet in my telescope room.  

 

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#6 Notdarkenough

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 08:04 PM

I use a Condition 1 case (https://condition1.com/) for eyepieces/diagonals etc... and this Tool Tote for loose items (https://www.harborfreight.com/19-in-tool-tote-with-14-pockets-61470.html). Note: I don't fight dew, so the open Tool Tote works for me. YMMV 



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Posted 14 October 2021 - 08:24 PM

I also use the Harbor Freight Apache Cases for everything, have had mine for a few years and have never had a foam problem. They work great.



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Posted 14 October 2021 - 09:25 PM

These are my oldest cases.  The black one had a panel used for presentations back when PCs had a meg of RAM.  It holds a 2" diagonal, crosshair eyepiece,  and 13 1/14" eyepieces, SQL meter, 4  2" filters and laser pointer. 

The red one I got at Harbor Freight as a tool case.  It holds 7 2" eyepieces.  I have three others that were used to hold various items used in a hospital.  The green tool bag has red flashlights, some tools needed for the mount.

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#9 alphatripleplus

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Posted 15 October 2021 - 06:58 AM

For compact OTAs, I have used the Home Depot RIDGID tool boxes, which come in a variety of sizes.




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