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Thread: The case of the simpifying observer.

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    Default The case of the simpifying observer.



    So I've been somewhat dissatisfied with my EP case layout, orginazation and size for some time now. It had became too complicated with too many things to sort through by feel, and also several seldom used EP's as well. I needed to simplify and trim down the normal 'grab & go' kits just a bit. Since the majority of my viewing sessions lately are spent using only the TeleVue (NJ) Plossl's and (NJ) Widefields, I decided to go with a smallish format HPRC 2350 case to house only those, The TV 3-6 zoom, the F/R for the big CAT, and a 'necessity' filter collection.
    I opted for a small thin line Pelican 1075 case to house the Ortho collection and 4 (T) Kellners that I also enjoy using on select sessions. I'm much much happier now. Two small footprint, lighter weight cases to house what I use and need for 90+% of my observing time laid out by memory where I can just reach..feel..and grab with simplicity.
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    Another case with the Naglers, another Plossl and Ortho set, and assorted other seldoms still sits in a convenient loacation on standby just in case, but this is my new 'ease of operation' setup. I'm getting too old and cranky for life to be overly complicated.
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    Default Re: The case of the simpifying observer.

    Looking good, Frankie! I like it!
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    Default Re: The case of the simpifying observer.

    Those look great Frankie! Simple is always a nicer way to go
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    Default Re: The case of the simpifying observer.

    Your hired!....lol
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    Default Re: The case of the simpifying observer.

    Looks great Frankie!

    Have you considered 1.25" or 2" filter wheel? Both work great with SCTs, no messing in the dark with screwing/unscrewing filters. In the pic below I have 1.25" wheel in my 8" SCT

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    Your hired!....lol
    Hey...we didn't even discuss salary!
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    Looks great Frankie!

    Have you considered 1.25" or 2" filter wheel? Both work great with SCTs, no messing in the dark with screwing/unscrewing filters. In the pic below I have 1.25" wheel in my 8" SCT

    I have looked at and considered those. I also put some consideration into a slider type, but they're probably too prone to dewing up. I somewhat looked into the Baader UFC system for the SCT, but I think that would way overcomplicate my setup.
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    I have looked at and considered those. I also put some consideration into a slider type, but they're probably too prone to dewing up. I somewhat looked into the Baader UFC system for the SCT, but I think that would way overcomplicate my setup.
    Dewing up, pollen, dust, slider hitting something when extended all the way. The main thing stopped me from getting slider though is if you on one end of slider it takes 5 clicks to go to the filter on other side. With 5 position wheel filters are well protected and it takes 2 clicks or less to go from one position to any other.
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    Default Re: The case of the simpifying observer.

    That kit looks great and I am sure when you come to a grab and go system it will be even better for you to work with.
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    I hear you on the old and cranky, I just bought a tool bag on wheels for my small collection, darned if I don't think I like your setup better though. johnnyb
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