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Posted 02 November 2012 - 11:35 PM

Yes I think you are right. I will just have to be patient. :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling:

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

It has now been two weeks since the tube was shipped, and still no tube. What I don't understand is on the receipt e-mailed to me it stated that Blacklite tubes are shipped via FedEx not parcel post. :flame: :flame: :rant: :rant: :rant:

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

Well for better or worse I have sent an inquiry thru PayPal to Protostar. It has now been just about four weeks (Oct. 15) since I sent in my order. Twice I was told that the tube was shipped, and still no tube. So I decided to get PayPal involved since I seem to be getting no where on my own. :bangbangbang: :ohmy: :shrug:

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

I too am waiting for a delivery from Protostar. Tried calling and emailing with no luck. What is going on with Protostar? Anyone else waiting for parts?

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

I placed 2 orders with them over last 2 weeks and had no problems fast service but that was just for flocking paper.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

So far I have sent two messages thru PayPal asking what is going on with my tube order. ProtoStar has not answered either e-mails. It looks like I am going to have to escalate to a claim at PayPal if ProtoStar is not going to respond. I think waiting 29 days for the tube is a fair amount of time to wait. So I'm going on the PayPal website now to send in a claim. :(

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

Well guess what showed up after all my fussing, and fuming, and hair pulling, and teeth gnashing(did I leave anything out?) :foreheadslap:!!!!!!!!!! You guessed it, it was the tube. Well I have to go now I have a crow sandwich I have to eat!!! A very big one!! :slap: :slap: :slap: :slap: :slap: :slap: :slap: :poke: :poke: :poke: :poke: :poke: :poke: :poke: :bangbangbang: :bangbangbang: :bangbangbang: :bangbangbang: :bangbangbang: :bangbangbang:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:00 AM

Personally, I prefer mustard with my crow. It offers up some spice and it's heart healthy to!!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:00 PM

I live in South Texas we prefer salsa! :) :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

The tubing is only sold in 48" lengths so last night I cut the tube to 42". I have laid out where the focuser will go, and next I will lay out where the holes for the mirror mount will go. Stay tuned.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:29 PM

Here are a few more pictures. This picture is of the tube after cutting down to 42". Also I have cut out the hole for the focuser.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:30 PM

Pic. #2.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:35 PM

Pic. #3 & #4 are of the finder I made for this scope. Clear aperture of 44mm, focal length is 180mm makes this an f/4. I am using an old Optica b/c 16mm Erfle for the eyepiece.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:37 PM

Pic. #4. I forgot to mention the lens is a triplet.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

Instead of painting the tube I used MonoKote. Using MonoKote is not easy or simple! It is extremely difficult to get the wrinkles out. After struggling with the MonoKote I just accepted I was not going to get the wrinkles out. So here are some pictures.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:51 AM

Another.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

And another.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

Still more.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:56 AM

One more.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

Only a couple more.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

Last one!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:34 AM

Has anyone out there heard from Bryan at Protostar? I've emailed, called, and even sent him a letter via snail mail, but no response. He's got $300. of my money and I've got none of the parts I ordered. Buyer beware. What's going on?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:26 PM

In the past, there have been long delays in getting secondary holders and spiders from Protostar. Other items such as tubes, flockboard, and secondary mirrors have typically been shipped without serious delay. I've had several orders filled in the last year but I tend to avoid the Protostar secondary holders/spiders because of the potential for delays and my own lack of patience.

I hope Brian contacts you soon after you have gone to so much trouble to ascertain your order status. I hate to hear about these problems because there are several Protostar products that I really like.

JimC

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

Hi Jim,

Thanks for your input on this. I wouldn't mind if Protostar just contacted me and didn't ignore me. Both of his phone numbers apparently have been disconnected. Just wondering if anyone out there has had any luck getting in touch with Bryan.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

Bryan, and I exchanged e-mails last week. The problem is Bryan is a one man operation, and he is very busy!






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