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#126 Joe Cepleur

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:09 AM

A hunk of Styrofoam wedged below the mount snugs Margarita in to her trunk, so she won't shift in transit.

After much searching, I found an ark with Styrofoam cradles that perfectly fit a C8's trunk. Ask your local appliance store for the box from an undercounter microwave oven.

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#127 Joe Cepleur

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:10 AM

Popped her back out of bed for a moment, to affix her lens cap more securely. (Note the clear packing tape now fastening her lens cap to her tube.)

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

A rolled up newspaper doubly secure the lens cap, by wedging it against the mount.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:19 AM

The trunk is now set it into the shipping crate, sandwiched between the Styrofoam cradles. The fit is not quite perfect. Note the several inches of cardboard wall extending above the top of the Styrofoam.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:33 AM

Peanuts would fill the space perfectly, but make a mess upon opening the crate. What to do?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:38 AM

Rather than pour the peanuts loosely, they were sealed in a plastic bag, so they may be removed and repacked in one piece. (The picture shows the peanuts before the plastic bag was taped closed.)

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

Details count! No sacrilege may be inscribed onto the ark!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

The magic words must be inscribed onto the ark prior to its being presented to The High Priest of Repair. Can you say, "Primghar?"

"Primghar, Primghar, Primghar..."

The complete spell (for Google; you humans can read it below) is:

Larry Beach
Clear Edge Optical
215 Third Street Southeast
Primghar, Iowa 51245

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:48 AM

The ark was then ready to be presented to the high priest.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:50 AM

A second ark was soon readied, to preserve for Margarita all the possessions necessary in the afterlife. The 10x50 finder from a C11 hopes to be fitted to Margarita in addition to the traditional 6x30, to grant her powers of discovery beyond those of ordinary mortal scopes.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

Some of Margarita's possessions are inscribed with magical words of their own. The high priest has been begged to restore to health whatever he can. (The corrosion ate away some of the castings and coatings.)

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

The ark and arkette were then ready for passage into the netherworld. (The items in the arkette were packed in lots of crumpled newspaper. The objective was removed from the 10x50 finder and wrapped separately, for extra safety.)

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:55 AM

Dang! A few screws accidentally not packed into the arkette were sent to the high priest in an epistle.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

Classic scopes artfully encased in arks *must* travel solely in cars appropriate to their era, lest the magical spell ensuring their safe return be broken.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

The high priest was correct in his suggestion that I'd save a fortune shipping via insured Parcel Post, not UPS or FedEx. $56.41 shipped the lot, which is dirt cheap compared with other services. Should travel the light years to the high priest in about a week.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

At this stage, after long and nervous delay, I am finally confident of the safety of Margarita's corrector plate as she voyages to the high priest. If I could travel back in time, I would have no trouble handing either ark or arkette to Joe Namath to use as the football in the closing minutes of The Heidi Game.

The high priest may post images of his own to this thread. If not, I hope to report back in about a month. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:18 AM

I wish Margaritta well on her magical voyage, and trust that she will return to you with powers anew to gaze into the past.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

I got the screws in but not the scope yet, I will be posting pix as I remove the components. This is going to be my biggest challenge to date, The frozen motors a particular challenge but I will try to keep her as origonal as possible.
She will be getting a new set of optics, at least for now!
the origonals will be getting recoated,(I Believe)..
.....More to come....

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

Looking forward to following the restoration, hope all goes well.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:55 PM

Larry received the envelope nearly a week ago, a few days after I mailed it, and the box with eyepieces yesterday. No sign yet of the scope itself, nor can I track it. So much for paying for a tracking number. The post office says I'll only be sent a receipt via SnailMail after Larry receives it.

The eyepieces that look like junk likely are, but we may save one or two. The steel barrels are corroded onto the white metal castings, and many of the coatings are shot. This was as I suspected, but, hey -- send 'em to the master for an appraisal!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

Larry received the scope today. The outer box was trashed and the inner trunk had a new, nasty gouge, but the scope inside was unharmed! His partner in crime had taken his drill to work --can you imagine the nerve!-- so he was unable to start dissecting the frozen corrector.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:00 AM

Thanks for the update, Joe. Glad to hear Margarita arrived safely, even if her carriage was a bit roughed up! Looking forward to seeing lots of pics of her rebirth.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

Wow. The first leg of an epic journey. I await further installments of this tale of adventure :)

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

Got the scope in yesterday, there was a chunk out of the box about the size of a brick! Thankfully it was packed well,
First thing is to drill out the corrector retaining screws, 2 months of soaking in PB Blaster didn't help any.
more to come....

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:04 PM

I got the corrector off and it wasn't as bad as I thought there was some Oxidation on it, I used some very fine polish and it took most of everything Windex wouldn't. I have 1 Corrector ring screw thet I need to get out but I had to order a new Tap..

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