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    Default Design for an eyepiece case



    I saw the Wood Wonders eyepieces cases here: Wood Wonders Field Cases and thought I might try building my own using his designs as an inspiration.

    I started tinkering in Sketchup and came up with the attached.

    Eyepiece Case - closed.jpgEyepiece Case - slides in.jpgEyepiece Case - slides out.jpgEyepiece Case - slides out 2.jpg

    My design parameters were:

    • Must have enough room for all my eyepieces (currently I have two cases for my eyepieces and it's pretty annoying)
    • Must also have enough room for accessories like cables, filters, Pocket Sky Atlas, flashlights, Telrad, etc.
    • Must fit comfortably on my observing table


    The design above has a footprint slightly wider than my current Zeikos eyepiece case: http://www.amazon.com/Zeikos-ZE-HC36.../dp/B001HJTK5Y and has enough room inside for all my eyepieces, with a few extra holes for expansion in the future. The closed upper tray is for filters and such, while the area underneath the pull-outs is for books, Telrad, etc. Like the Wood Wonders eyepiece cases, the lid is recessed enough to hold some larger flat things (books, charts, magazines) and will likely be roomy enough to install some LED lighting as well.

    What do you guys think?
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    Default Re: Design for an eyepiece case

    Ambitious. Hope it is light enough to carry easily when you are done. For those of us less skilled (me) a large, lightweight toolbox suffices. I keep all my eyepieces in the tray and all the cables etc. down below. I like the idea of LED lighting. I just keep a small flashlight in the tray. Best wishes and happy holidays.
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    It's a pretty easy build - I plan to use 1/2" plywood and simple butt joints. I've got all the woodworking tools to build something like this. I'm mostly looking for input regarding the layout and features of the case.

    Once I start putting it together, I'll try to incorporate handy details, like pen/pencil holders, integrated lighting, chart storage, etc.

    Have any of you built your own observing kit? If so, what features did you incorporate? Which ones would you do again? Which would you leave out?

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    Default Re: Design for an eyepiece case

    Very nice design you have there. It would look fantastic in one of the more exotic woods with a nice french polish on it.

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    Neat idea! You probably want to add a lip on the top of the sliding sections so that the lid prevents them sliding out when it's closed, or some similar arrangement, but it looks like a great idea .

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    Default Re: Design for an eyepiece case

    I like your drawing. If you're anywhere near as good as those Wood Wonder folks, it oughta be beautiful.

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    Default Re: Design for an eyepiece case

    That's a great idea! Right now I use a separate case for accessories and separate case for eyepieces. It would be nice to have a nice case for all.
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    Default Re: Design for an eyepiece case

    Nice plans for your eyepiece case. Years ago when I was involved in the clubs annual star party's I would see a lot of rather large eyepiece cases set up. I've always kept it simple and mobile more in line with Betelguese. When doing AP there sure was a lot of equipment to pack so mostly had 3 different tool boxes grouped accordingly. The good thing about this hobby is if you think about it you can always find something to keep you busy when the weather and clouds keep you in at least in Ohio. Currently I'm kicking around building a case for my refractor kicking it around and around and around. I am a bit like Lowjiber but I did find a cure for the hammer and nail I bought a drill sure saves my thumb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerryTheC View Post
    Neat idea! You probably want to add a lip on the top of the sliding sections so that the lid prevents them sliding out when it's closed, or some similar arrangement, but it looks like a great idea .
    Yes, the original Wood Wonders cases use a biscuit joint for this. But I don't have a biscuit joiner, so I'll probably do something more rudimentary, like you suggested (a lip of some kind that tucks under the lid when closed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betelguese007 View Post
    Hope it is light enough to carry easily when you are done.
    I think it'll be OK. Everything that would go into the case is currently contained in two foam-lined cases that I currently lug out. I can easily lift both those cases with one hand, so I don't expect that this new case will be difficult to move around.

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