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#51 Aircoffee

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 02:44 PM

Soon. I'm off work Thanksgiving week and hoping to have it done by then. :)

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 08:40 PM

I finally got back to work on this scope. Not long now and I'll be ready to enjoy the fruits of my labor. :)

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#53 GeneT

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 10:08 PM

You found a classic. Good luck on its restoration.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 06:16 PM

I spent this afternoon going through all the collimation procedures for the telescope. I started with making sure the top of the scope was square. I then adjusted the spider to center it in the scope. The next step was to check the lazer beam and make sure the focuser was properly aligned. To confirm this I put a rod through the hole that the secondary attaches to the spider. The result was obvious... a lazer beam centered on the rod. :) I then went through the process of aligning the secondary and then on to the primary mirror. The result was the ability to see the detail on a maple leaf three block away, using a 35mm lens. I want to thank all the people on cloudy nights. Without your informative posts and guidance I would have never made it this far. I am now the proud owner of a fully restored and really nice scope that I can share with family and friends for a long time. :) Thanks!!

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 01:52 PM

Wow Paul!
Congratulations! What a gem of a custom restoration.
That amount of a labor. I bet it will never languish for love.

Bill

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 04:44 PM

Paul, that is a beauty. You are one lucky man. Hope you are happy with that Sears Refractor.

John

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 06:57 PM

Hi John,
I took the Sears to my Dad in TN. He loves it. He's 80 years old and a small nice scope like that was exactly what he wanted. :) We'll have to get together and play with the Parks scope once I do some tweaking and learn how to use it better. I saw my first object last night.... M15. :)

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:16 PM

Paul, that is a beauty. You are one lucky man. Hope you are happy with that Sears Refractor.

John


And here I thought you were a female. I cannot understand why? :lol:

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:15 PM

:question:Yupper, Madeline Island :rofl5:

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Well, after waiting over two months, I got my mirror back from the shop and it now has an enhanced aluminum coating. I was able to get a report on the mirror that showed it has a strelh ratio of .969.. :)

Due to priorities in life, this scope will soon be for sale.






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