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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !



    Gosh I have eyepiece's that go back 30 years ! Their like old friends I can't seem to part with them. I just keep adding to them along with cases.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Eric,

    your equipment is well organized, I like it.
    The Meade MA series are "modified achromatic" eyepieces, whatever this might mean, and you'll certainly replace all of them, sooner or later, or sell them together with your little refractor.
    I'd possibly also part with the zoom

    Well, I would add one eyepiece close to f=10mm, and another close to f=5mm, to your ES eyepieces.
    4 good eyepieces are enough, you already have 2.

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    Thanks, JG ! I'm thinking the 82/11mm ES and a 82/6.7mm or 82/4.7mm sort of fits that 10mm and 5mm fairly closely I'd say. Thanks for the advice, JG.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    Stack em deep! Start with what you use most, then the best one out of each size, and either add the rest if they fit or store them. If I had all of my magnification fields covered with an ES 82° eyepiece (which I will eventually) I would then get nothing but specialized eyepieces that were best for certain object or certain reasons like maybe a 100° eyepiece for a certain power, or maybe an ortho or two, or whatever. I'd also get the few filters I want and add them in the case as well.

    In the top of my case in the tool pockets I carry a green laser, lens pen, small steel ruler, and a red light. Behind that I have my 35mm film canister collimating cap.

    Hope you get a cramp in your hand from plucking all that foam
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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    The two coloured filters (apart from the moon one, which is *gasp* actually useful) are traditionally kept in your sock drawer . That's where everyone else seems to put theirs, anyway .

    I used to have a couple of the Meade MA eyepieces (.965, came with the Meade 90mm Mak/Camera lens I used to have). While they weren't amazing, I remember the longer focal length one as being quite usable.
    While you can get better eyepieces, if you ever plan to do any public outreach stuff, it can be handy to have a few usable eyepieces that you don't mind if they get sticky fingerprints on .
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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    Quote Originally Posted by DM1975 View Post
    Stack em deep! Start with what you use most, then the best one out of each size, and either add the rest if they fit or store them. If I had all of my magnification fields covered with an ES 82° eyepiece (which I will eventually) I would then get nothing but specialized eyepieces that were best for certain object or certain reasons like maybe a 100° eyepiece for a certain power, or maybe an ortho or two, or whatever. I'd also get the few filters I want and add them in the case as well.

    In the top of my case in the tool pockets I carry a green laser, lens pen, small steel ruler, and a red light. Behind that I have my 35mm film canister collimating cap.

    Hope you get a cramp in your hand from plucking all that foam
    Thanks, Steve, and may the bird of paradise fly up your nose ! Sounds like great advice to me. I like the 82 degree over the 68 already. I imagine a 100 degree will find its way into the case too at some point. And the accessories list, thanks for the reminder. I have the red light as you can see, but I could use a lens pen too. I have a couple filters as I have shown in my pics, but I never have used them. Not even the moon filter, although last session I could have used the Moon filter as it about blinded me !
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerryTheC View Post
    The two coloured filters (apart from the moon one, which is *gasp* actually useful) are traditionally kept in your sock drawer . That's where everyone else seems to put theirs, anyway .

    I used to have a couple of the Meade MA eyepieces (.965, came with the Meade 90mm Mak/Camera lens I used to have). While they weren't amazing, I remember the longer focal length one as being quite usable.
    While you can get better eyepieces, if you ever plan to do any public outreach stuff, it can be handy to have a few usable eyepieces that you don't mind if they get sticky fingerprints on .
    Thanks, Jerry. I actually have to weed out socks, thanks for the reminder. Great advice, I appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    Eric, don't throw ANYTHING away!!!

    In my garage sits my "Sock Drawer". It's a five-drawer roll-around Craftsman tool box that is filled with stuff I'll personally never use. In the space below the drawers, there is enough stuff to build a scope several times... R&P focusers, one ES 2" ES focuser w/adapter, God knows how many finder scopes, and even an old (very) Mizar Eq Mount. Eyepieces? Heck, I have at least two dozen... ranging from Hyperions to Kelners & everything in between.

    Why save that stuff? You never know who or when someone will be looking for something that they just can't find and/or afford. About six months ago, a member built his own Newt and was looking for a finder scope. I sent him (no charge) one of the two, new-in-the-box ES straight-line focusers from the sock drawer. If someone in your club needs something, say for outreach events, I'll bet dollars-to-dog bisquits we can find something that will work in my sock drawer.

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    I actually remember reading your post where you gave that guy your focuser, John. Way cool ! I have this big Harbor Freight case coming, thanks to Bryan - yup, the man is going to make me go broke before Fall for sure ! So there will be plenty of room for the whole family, and once I throw some socks out, will have room for everything I have.

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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    Hello John,

    you are right about saving the old stuff in a socks drawer, I have several socks drawers for the optics.
    But sometimes, I feel to refinance my hobby, and part with some items.

    Otherwise, I have a set of old slides from Bayer, showing some diseases for medical treatment. Anyone interested? ha, ha

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    Default Re: Eyepiece inventory - getting ready for my new Harbor Freight case to arrive !

    Eric, I've been a poker player for many years. My mother once asked, in a stern voice, "John Edward, why do you play that silly game for money?"

    I responded that, "Mom, money is just how we keep score."
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