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    Hi,

    Ok, I just lost my first EP cover. It was bound to happen sooner or later. I did a search on the web for replacements but the cheapest I saw for a 2" lens cap was $3.00 (US). Ouch! Anyone know of a place I can get one cheaper? That seems awfully pricey for a piece of plastic probably manufactured for less than a nickel.

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    Scopestuff.com sells these, along with a few places on Ebay--

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmatch View Post
    Hi,

    Ok, I just lost my first EP cover. It was bound to happen sooner or later. I did a search on the web for replacements but the cheapest I saw for a 2" lens cap was $3.00 (US). Ouch! Anyone know of a place I can get one cheaper? That seems awfully pricey for a piece of plastic probably manufactured for less than a nickel.

    Thanks for any help
    Here's a funny - embarassing - story, and I hope it helps.

    I received my first 2" eyepiece and proudly removed it from the box. After a night of observing I starting packing up my gear and I could not find one of the caps. I searched and searched. The next day during the daylight I searched more and still could not find it.

    So I did exactly what you did - I asked for help here and found out that I could buy replacements. To be honest, I figured $3 is a small price to pay for a replacement regardless of the manufacturing cost since perhaps this would teach me to be more careful. I even called the scope store and inquired. They have many replacement caps in all sizes.

    So now, the analytic that I am, I got out a millimeter ruler to carefully measure the one cap I had not lost and low and behold, there was the "lost" cap nested neatly inside the one in my hand.

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    Granted, FREE is the best price, but there's many ways around the problem, such as Storage boxes, Film Canisters, Cosmetic holders. Creative thinking can solve any problem.
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    Plastic pill bottles make excellent EP cases. I took one of my EPs to the drug store and they gave me one for free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimg@sonic.net View Post
    Here's a funny - embarassing - story, and I hope it helps.

    I received my first 2" eyepiece and proudly removed it from the box. After a night of observing I starting packing up my gear and I could not find one of the caps. I searched and searched. The next day during the daylight I searched more and still could not find it.

    So I did exactly what you did - I asked for help here and found out that I could buy replacements. To be honest, I figured $3 is a small price to pay for a replacement regardless of the manufacturing cost since perhaps this would teach me to be more careful. I even called the scope store and inquired. They have many replacement caps in all sizes.

    So now, the analytic that I am, I got out a millimeter ruler to carefully measure the one cap I had not lost and low and behold, there was the "lost" cap nested neatly inside the one in my hand.


    Too wierd. Decided to check my other cover and bingo! The "missing" one was nested inside the other. How strange!
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    Weird can be good. Solves the problem, and now you know where to get more covers.
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