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Old 20-06-2019, 07:20 PM
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Kinchrome Safe Cases for EPs?

I'm thinking of getting one of those Kinchrome pelican-style cases (the yellow ones), for my eyepieces and other goodies. I'm just wondering is the foam in these safe for optics?
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Old 20-06-2019, 08:24 PM
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I'm thinking of getting one of those Kinchrome pelican-style cases (the yellow ones), for my eyepieces and other goodies. I'm just wondering is the foam in these safe for optics?
If it's pick and pluck foam it will degrade in a year or more. Some of the cheaper pluck foams leave a sticky residue as they break down.

Most foam rubber will give adequate protection against bumps and drops.

Clark Rubber sells an extensive range of foam and higher density rubbers you can peruse when you want to change the foam out.
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Old 20-06-2019, 10:12 PM
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I have been using them for years with the pluck foam that came with them and there has been no ill effects to my eyepieces.
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Old 20-06-2019, 11:24 PM
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I hate these foam cases especially the square pre cut ones, 1. because once used you can't put the bits back to re arrange for a different layout and 2. they fall apart.

ME I prefer to make my own dividers, this is an OLD layout now much changed but the dividers made of . see link.... can be moved again and again in a case

Also plenty of room for air flow and no chemicals like foam

Image 1. Foam case stuck with the layout

Image 2, change as many times as you like as you expand


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Old 21-06-2019, 07:58 AM
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My 2c worth.
If you can afford it Pelican + Trekpak = efficient and reconfigurable storage
The images are of two cases I have had since 1980 before with foam and after with Trekpak
But you can always try to get second had cases and retro fit them

Ukastronomer (Jeremy) was ahead of his time in making his own dividers from corflute


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Old 21-06-2019, 08:43 AM
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+1 for making dividers out of Corflute.

Won’t scratch eyepieces or aluminium parts, easy to cut with a craft knife, won’t shed fibres or dust, contact adhesive will stick it in place, doesn’t hold humidity or dew, and dust and grit won’t get trapped in it.
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Old 21-06-2019, 11:35 AM
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Just make sure you use desiccant if you pick an airtight case. Otherwise you may risk fungus on your optics.
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Old 21-06-2019, 01:40 PM
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Jeremy & Nick,

What are you using on the bottom/top of the case? It's easy to shape length and width of corflute cells, but the depth... Otherwise eyepieces will be laying very loosely there.
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Old 21-06-2019, 04:23 PM
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Jeremy & Nick,

What are you using on the bottom/top of the case? It's easy to shape length and width of corflute cells, but the depth... Otherwise eyepieces will be laying very loosely there.
Agreed the cases as-is are too deep.

I made a false bottom using some wooden strips and 3mm MDF, with a layer of 3mm EVA foam rubber over that - all scraps from other jobs. The false bottom simply sits there rather than being screwed or glued in, so that occasionally I can lift it out and empty any dust that has accumulated under.

The inside of the lid of mine are filled with “egg crate” foam which holds everything in place when it’s shut.

One case is quite shallow and has 1.25” vixen eyepieces lying on their side, as the 1.25” ones are vixen SSW and SLV which are all about the same size, which made it easy to make one case to hold them all plus diagonal and a couple of adapter rings.

I have a second case for larger things - finder scopes and my sole 2” low power eyepiece, this one I made a bit deeper.

You could alternatively stand eyepieces on their ends in the case - it would hold more - but it makes it hard to tell which is which.
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Old 21-06-2019, 06:23 PM
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Jeremy & Nick,

What are you using on the bottom/top of the case? It's easy to shape length and width of corflute cells, but the depth... Otherwise eyepieces will be laying very loosely there.
the case came with a foam layer I covered with 100% lint free cotton from a VERY old pillow case
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Old 22-06-2019, 06:56 AM
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Jeremy & Nick, thanks a lot, guys!

Time to buy corflute...
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Old 22-06-2019, 05:43 PM
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Jeremy & Nick, thanks a lot, guys!

Time to buy corflute...
I just like it because I have arranged and re arranged the cases so many times, with foam you are stuck with it
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Old 22-06-2019, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for the responses guys. I found some more threads on the subjects here and it sounds like the Kinchrome is a safe bet.

I've also found a Pelican 1555 w/ foam for low-mid 300's on ebay. Size-wise it looks like what I'm after, sounds like a good price as far as Pelican goes, am I right?

The corflute and trekpak looks interesting, but I can get by with foam. Just wanna make sure that foam will not stuff up my optics as I heard some foam does.
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I've had a yellow Kinchrome case for several years. It's been an ideal case for eyepieces and it's condition has not deteriorated in any way.
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