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Orion Medium Poly Case: Makes Life Easier
Astronomy has a dirty little secret. Accessories breed. At first, I had a telescope and a couple of eyepieces. But, within just a few months, I had a shoebox full of delicate little treasures. Once the shoebox was spilling over, I had to expand into a cardboard box from one of my wife’s cosmetics kits. I even sank to stowing eyepieces in dainty little bathroom storage tins. I needed help. My astronomy gear was in real danger of degenerating into a hopeless jumble of junk. It was a struggle to get out to the car with a telescope, star charts, and a precariously-balanced shoebox full of accessories. Once I realized that I was just a stumble away from an expensive disaster, I knew I needed an eyepiece case.
By Lee Spain - 6/9/2006
|Life before the Medium Poly Case|
Of course, I didn't want to spend money on storing stuff. I wanted to save my money for more stuff. This led me to try making my own eyepiece case using a cookie tin and regular Styrofoam. This project ended in abject failure and a complete mess in our kitchen. We’ll still be finding little white Styrofoam crumbs when we move out of our apartment. I didn’t even try using my home-made case. If I did lots of little statically-charged Styrofoam pieces would simply attach themselves to my eyepieces. I decided to leave case making to professional designers and their minions in faraway places.
I decided to buy the Orion Medium Poly case because it appeared to offer a capacious interior, compact size, a good protection at a very reasonable price. When the case arrived, I was not disappointed. The interior was filled with thick die-cut foam that was pre-cut with circles for eyepieces and rectangles for other storage spaces. The exterior is made of rugged polyethylene plastic. Inside, the case is roomy enough for a beginner's eyepieces and diagonal. It is advertised as being able to hold three 2” eyepieces and eight 1.25” eyepieces. I've been able to store 8 standard sized eyepieces, 3 larger eyepieces, my diagonal, two eyepiece boxes, a moon filter, and a barlow. As a practical matter, I’ve found that the 2” eyepiece holes are great for holding bulky longer focal length 1.25” eyepieces.
|Life after the Medium Poly Case|
There doesn’t seem to be anything breakable on this case and it has held up well over a couple months of use. The medium-sized case seems like a good size for me and offers a little more room to grow. Best of all, the case has allowed me to safely get out of my apartment door and down to my car in one trip with a telescope, a tripod, a star chart, and all of my eyepieces. It simply makes life easier.