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    Default I dropped a 30mm 2 inch Eyepiece



    At a recent outreach. It hit the concrete and bounced. Fortunately it landed on the mounting barrel end. The mounting barrel was bent in out of round. I removed the barrel from the eyepiece housing and took it to work. In the shop I found a galvanized steel fence post. I slipped the barrel over the post and used a hammer to beat it back into round. Since it is made out of steel it came back into round quite nicely. I was lucky to be able to repair this eyepiece and that no other damage occurred.
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    Boy you really were lucky! I can just imagine the sound of the glass in that EP breaking and it isn't a pretty thought
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    I do not take my "good" eyepieces to outreach events (seems like there are always kids who like to touch the eyepiece to see ig the view is real..and to be honest their mothers are almost as bad ...

    The good thing in my case is that I discovered that some very inexpensive eyepieces work very well in both my 8 inch Sct (f/10) and 4 inch refractor (f/6)
    the Hyperions/Startus and the discontinued Meade 5000 SWA 68 degree eyepieces honestly just plain work ...even when compared to my Panoptics and Pentax XW's which both sell more then 3 times as much... Proven to me that I sure did not need to buy high end glass...but I not complaining the good stuff works well in any scope fast or slow..

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    2. make a heck of a lot of sawdust in my wood shop.

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    Good save matthewota!!!

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    I'm going to have to remember this. Probably wise to choose a grassy/soft surface to set up on when possible. And when I have to use a paved surface maybe I should be getting one of those awful green rug things meant to look a little like grass (popular with the RV crowd) to cushion the fall for anything I drop.

    Of course, then I'd just drop things whenever I've left the rug. . .

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    I thought about this recently as well, when planning my OBS. I bought those rubber interlocking mats at the hardware store to line the OBS floor with. Now they will just bounce (and probably still break)!
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    If you dont mind tell us what brand it is. I want to know who makes eyepieces tough enough to be dropped on concrete and beaten with a hammer and still work.

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    It is an OPT Superview 30mm 2" eyepiece.
    OPT 30mm SuperView Eyepiece - 2" - OPT Telescopes

    I removed the metal barrel from the eyepiece before I hammered it back into round. The lens elements were not attached when I repaired the barrel.
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    Thats one sharp looking eyepiece, and tough too. Thanks Matthew.

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