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    Default a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces



    Ever since I started using 100 degree eyepieces, I have had to roll them in protective foam sheets and put them in a large valise to transport them. Standard eyepiece cases are not sized for these monsters. I first tried a large camera bag, but the soft sides even with a lot of padding did not leave me confident that the eyepieces were well protected on the long bumpy trip to my dark site. Quebec has terrible roads which is 40% due to the harsh winters and 60% due to incompetent and underfunded road work, but that's another topic and old geezers like me seem to complain more about infrastructure issues than most people care to hear about - so back to the eyepiece problem.

    I have previously posted that Goodwill stores frequently have '80's and '90's era video tripods with fluid heads, which make great binocular mounts, so on one of my recent tours of the second hand stores, I saw a small rigid plastic drink cooler with a built in radio. I have seen larger executions of this concept for workmen to carry a full lunch, but this smaller version caught my eye. It has an NFL logo, but no team name on it. The color would leave me guessing that at some point it had a Giants sticker on it. Perhaps the first owner felt a need to remove them or it might have been a generic NFL promotion without team affiliation, but the more relevant point as I stumble back on topic, is that it packs for travel really well with a very solid recessed top carry handle and no protruding hinges or latches. It is as solid and heavily constructed as any Pelican case and my previous experiences have been that these official league sanctioned products are generally excellent quality items, to protect the leagues reputation, and to justify the price that includes a substantial licensing fee.

    It turned out to be a sixteenth of an inch too short to house my 3.5mm William Optics Eyepiece with the 2 inch adapter fitted, so I thought about unscrewing and screwing the adapter each time that I used it and quickly opted for the ugly hacked hole in the lid of the cooler to give me the needed depth. I will redo the inner foam liners and cut a clean round hole in the lid when I need some indoor projects once winter sets in, but for now I have a great eyepiece case and have another problem solved. The inner lining is a separate molded piece that is easily removed, so it could be reshaped or have dividers notched and popped in and out if you wanted a reconfigurable case for multiple applications. I prefer leaving the liner intact for greater rigidity and using a block of cut dense foam to form the removable liner. Different foam blocks would allow multiple configurations. Keep yours eyes out for a small cooler if you need any equipment cases.

    NFL Cooler Conversion.jpg

    P.S. - the radio has pretty poor audio quality, but with the antenna extended it pulls in distant FM stations at my dark site very well. For anyone contemplating this idea, I would concentrate on evaluating the cooler's merits as an equipment case, and possibly go with no built in radio if you can endure that hardship.
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    Great find, Ken, and excellent adaptation. Awesome!
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    Nice! Built-in radio adds some extra class.
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    Great solution!
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    So.... where does the beer go?

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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    Now that’s a great adaption , I bet it would only take 6 coke can sized beers anyways , so a much better choice for ep protection , and carry the beer in a bigger case
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alvarez View Post
    So.... where does the beer go?
    Hobbit1066 has already answered your question ------ I was shaking so hard from laughter that I had to wait five minutes to be able to type this reply. Just the thought that a beer drinker would think of this as a beer sized cooler ------------- thanks for my best laugh of the day, and thanks to everyone for their positive comments.
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    NFL rebranded as Nice Focal Length!

    Nice adaptation, I wonder what does all that glass weigh?
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    That's a lot of EP'sssssssss

    Nice job! (You may want to put a ring of something soft around the cutout to avoid scuffing the sides of that tall boy there... )

    Perfect adaptation, BTW...
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    Default Re: a COOL solution to a case for large eyepieces

    Great idea Ken! That is a fine looking eyepiece case!
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