Eyepiece Case

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Project by GDH posted 07-14-2014 03:44 PM 3601 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By way of introduction, here is a telescope eyepiece box I made from Walnut. This display case can house 12 of the 1.25” telescope eyepieces, as well as keep the eyepieces secured in place if the owner wants to carry/transport the eyepieces to the back yard or viewing location.

The splines are out of Oak, walnut sides from one board so the grain flowed around the box. Had someone local do the engraving for me. Would like a CNC someday for such projects requiring engraving…..

Only the best hardware, used Brusso hinges and latches, ebony for the lid lift tab.

Thanks for looking!!!


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#1 posted 07-14-2014 04:15 PM

Very neat work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 04:22 PM

Really good quality work. So when are you doing a telescope mount?

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 06:51 PM

Thanks Dean!

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 06:52 PM

Really good quality work. So when are you doing a telescope mount?

- BTimmons

Thanks Brian. I don’t presently have any plans for building a telescope mount…..

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 12:03 AM

Actually, I’m Dean—but thanks in advance!

That’s a great looking eyepiece box you made. I love walnut, and I like your use of the white oak splines—they make a great contrast from the walnut.

I’m surprised anyone does any optical viewing anymore. Usually it’s just strapping a camera on the scope, and viewing the photos later. Besides, unless you slew the scope, by the time the next person gets to view the object, it’s already moved out of view!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 01:53 AM


First, many thanks for the compliments (and you to DEON). This eyepiece case was commission by someone up North, and I’m sure some on this site can verify, these Carl Zeiss eyepieces I think are worth about $8 grand. So, he wanted both a display case and dual functionality of being able to secure the eyepieces during transportation (read automobile)...

The scopes made during the past decade or more are unbelievable in clarity and amplification, with scopes running into $15-25 thousand dollars. Most of these better scopes, when set up correctly, have motors and will track whatever object you are viewing for a long time. Thus, the issue you refer to while true (and somewhat annoying to rush your look) has been eliminated.

Thanks again!

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 05:21 PM

Baremeg55, beautiful work! These eyepieces need this kind of storage to keep them clean and safe,

I know a lot of star gazers who build their own telescopes because the optics in the low cost new models leave a lot to be desired. When I was 9 years old my parents took me to a farm far from city lights to look through a home made 16” reflector with a home built drive system and I saw the rings around Saturn. As you can tell I have not forgotten that experience over 50 years later.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 10:38 PM

Oldnovice, many thanks, I really appreciate the kind words!

I too had an uncle that stargazer, and I was about 8 or 9 when I first got to experience looking at Saturn, and that would have been about 50 years ago for me… LOL.

It wasn’t until about 8 years ago I got to look through a 16” telescope, truly an amazing experience the details one can see through one of these large, quality scopes!!!

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 11:47 PM

Top quality box.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 07-16-2014 06:21 AM

Roger, thank you….

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