I struggle finding my eyepieces in the dark. Any advice for keeping them organised?

BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Scope Doctor Steve Richards solves your astronomy ailments.

Our rotating turret can hold up to four of your favourite eyepieces. Credit: Mark Parrish

I struggle finding my eyepieces in the dark. Any advice for keeping them organised?

Steve says: “Having a range of eyepieces outside with you allows you to observe a greater number of different objects during an observing session.

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You certainly don’t want to risk losing your dark-adapted vision by having to go inside to collect a new eyepiece.

It helps to start with a longer focal length eyepiece to locate your object and then use shorter focal lengths until you reach the optimum magnification for each object.

With this in mind, placing your eyepieces in focal length order is the obvious way to proceed.

Many telescope mounts have eyepiece receptacles built into them but there are rarely enough holes for most observers’ collections.

However, a simple eyepiece sorter can be made using a plastic food container filled with ‘pick and pluck’ foam suitably crafted to house your eyepiece collection.

Alternatively, you could follow our guide to building your own rotating eyepiece turret.”

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Email Steve your astronomy queries to contactus@skyatnightmagazine.com and they could be answered in a future issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine.