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If you don't care at all what it looks like, the colored plastic caps from supermarket 500ml milk bottles are just the right size to cap the eye end of common Plossl eyepieces from Celestron, etc. :icon_biggrin:

Will certainly serve till you order the proper ones from abroad.

Somebody may be missing a chance to import some caps cheaply from the source (China) stamp his business logo on them and then give them away to potential customers (like a lot of companies do with ballpoint pens).

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I know this is an old thread but I came across it when trying to find a UK supplier for 2" end caps myself. Eventually I broadened my search and found this supplier: Vital Parts I have just

Yellow is awesome! Much easier to see to in the dark. I bought a couple of 1.875” for my Ethos/Delos/Delites and 2”ers for miscellaneous 2” fittings and ending up using the 2” ones on the eyepiec

You have to be careful with those flexible vinyl caps. If the eyepiece has a lens in the lower barrel that is near the end of the eyepiece, the case will press the eyepiece cap into contact with

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On 18/08/2017 at 07:32, 1CM69 said:

I know this is an old thread but I came across it when trying to find a UK supplier for 2" end caps myself.

Eventually I broadened my search and found this supplier: Vital Parts

I have just placed an order for 10 x CAP099 31.76mm or 1.25" & 5 x CAP123 50.8mm or 2" caps with VAT £18 and free 3 to 5 day shipping.

MIN order value is £15 but these caps are always handy to have, so easy to make up an order.

I'll post up images when they arrive.

Would you mind letting me know what you searched for to find Vital Parts?   We're looking for a supplier here in the US, and I'm not exactly sure what search terms I should use.  Thanks.  

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21 hours ago, jgroub said:

Would you mind letting me know what you searched for to find Vital Parts?   We're looking for a supplier here in the US, and I'm not exactly sure what search terms I should use.  Thanks.  

I'll second the recommendation for https://eyepiececaps.com/.  I ordered their $20 eyepiece cap and plug bundle.  It arrived quickly and all the various bits fit perfectly.

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On 27/12/2018 at 08:52, Louis D said:

I'll second the recommendation for https://eyepiececaps.com/.  I ordered their $20 eyepiece cap and plug bundle.  It arrived quickly and all the various bits fit perfectly.

Right, but I'm at a scope store myself - Mile High Astronomy, in Denver.  We're looking for the ultimate supplier, not another vendor, like us.  That is, unless you happen to know where eyepiececaps.com gets their stuff from . . . 

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10 minutes ago, jgroub said:

Right, but I'm at a scope store myself - Mile High Astronomy, in Denver.  We're looking for the ultimate supplier, not another vendor, like us.  That is, unless you happen to know where eyepiececaps.com gets their stuff from . . . 

Their caps appear to be very similar to those from StockCap.  Search for vinyl caps OR plugs wholesale to look for other manufacturers.

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On 27/12/2018 at 15:52, Louis D said:

I'll second the recommendation for https://eyepiececaps.com/.  I ordered their $20 eyepiece cap and plug bundle.  It arrived quickly and all the various bits fit perfectly.

..But are they only available in that awful yellow colour?? How about, er, black???

Dave

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Thanks Shane ?.

Clear is fine, it's that yellow I couldn't put up with myself..:evil4:

These look as if they would fit the bottom of most, if not all, 1.25" barrels. However, the ones I struggle with are the top ones, as so many eyepieces have different widths across the eyepiece lens end?

Dave

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6 hours ago, F15Rules said:

..But are they only available in that awful yellow colour?? How about, er, black???

Dave

Yellow is awesome! Much easier to see to in the dark.

I bought a couple of 1.875” for my Ethos/Delos/Delites and 2”ers for miscellaneous 2” fittings and ending up using the 2” ones on the eyepieces as they are a lot easier to get off but still stay on well enough over the eyeguards. I wish I’d bought more, especially 1.25” ones for all my 1.25” EPs.

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You have to be careful with those flexible vinyl caps.

If the eyepiece has a lens in the lower barrel that is near the end of the eyepiece, the case will press the eyepiece cap into contact with the lens and leave a smudge.

ES has had this issue and switched to hard caps on those eyepieces.  APM and Stellarvue have that problem currently with their 20mm 100° eyepieces.

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I ordered these caps last week, straight from the source, i have connections with the company. I mean i have the ali express app on my phone.   Anyway, they arrived yesterday.  14 pieces for £16,-    All the right sizes i hope, used a caliper on all my cap-less ep’s, and the seller offered all sizes in steps of a mm, but havent been able to open the package and check them.  I had these caps already, and i guess they are also the standard cap for SW and Cel finderscopes.   I’m not sure if i find these really flexible btw.  The pictured caps, those i already had, are actually more sturdy than some of the original caps from  various eyepiece brands.  But maybe the molds are used with various grades of plastics/rubber, thát i dont know.  

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