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#1 Starlock

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:47 AM

Hi, if you wan't to make a light and sturdy felt lined dew shield for under 5 pounds, heres how I did mine.



Ingredients:

  • 1x A4 piece of black craft foam
  • 1x A5 Jet black felt
  • 1x pack of velcro
  • 1x Roll of double sided tape

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Metal ruler or anything with a straight metal edge
  • Tape measure

Instructions:

  • Cut the felt in half so when you put
    the two bits together its enough to reach around the circumference of
    the ED80's dew shield.
  • Lay strips of double sided tape on one side of the craft foam\
  • Stick the felt to the foam and place heavy books ontop and leave for a few minutes.
  • Lay
    strips of double sided tape half way along the remainder of the bare
    foam and fold the foam over onto the tape, again weighting down with
    books.
  • Wrap the foam around the ED80 so you can measure and cut to length
  • Stick
    the velcro onto the foam remembering to put strips on opposite sides
    and ends so when you bend the foam into a tube the two bits of velcro
    meet.
  • Wrap it around the end of your scope and enjoy! smile.gif


I hope this helps anyone who wants to make their own:)



Thanks

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#2 Neil

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 01:54 PM

That looks very professional...

 

Sometime these homemade projects look just like that, homemade, however, your dew shield looks very nice, as good as anything you can purchase from a shop, probably better.

 

The felt lining is a nice touch to kept out any stray light / reflections.

 

Clear Skies

 

 

Neil.



#3 Starlock

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

Thanks Neil, I must admit it looks alot better than the first one I ever made which consisted of some cardboard from a box of cornflakes and some insulation tape. The above dew shield is just being put to the test and I'm pleased to report that its doing a great job so far tonight.

 

I also really like the felt Neil, its pitch black and textured so it should work very well as flock, also it might absorb any dew that even thinks about getting close to my objective lens:D

 

Cheers

 

Chris