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#176 starman876

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 10:22 AM

I do not think Unitron has much left :whistle: :whistle:

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:11 PM

Clint, is it possible the partial pieces you have left could be used with pieces from mine to make a shorter whole piece?

Peter at Unitron says they are all out.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:22 AM

No because the turnbuckle is threaded on both ends of the newer ones. Set you scope to polaris and get a measurement of the length you need and send the part to Bob Burns to fashion a new one in brass. and keep the old one safe. Very rare thing you have there. Don't cut it up. Also I have seen this guy advertising send him a drawing for a quote JON

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:46 AM

Thanks Clint, the hunt is on...

Johann, please let me know if you find the shorter one. I will hold off on chopping this one up (for now).

PiSigma has the opposite problem with his 4" in SC, unfortunately his is a little different design than mine and we can't just swap out. He suggested we start an exchange program for these so people can trade as they live in different parts of the country and needs change.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:44 AM

Steve

I have a few more boxes to go through. Will let you know tonight.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 05:57 PM

Steve

The shoter one I found is the newer style that is octagon shaped one. Total length is from pin center to pin center is 2" adjusted all the way in.
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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:08 PM

That should work, what is the max length? At 2 3/8" for screw hole to screw hold I can't quite get short enough. Can you send me a pic against a ruler? Thanks!

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

Cant tonight. On my way out the door for dinner.

Stay tune

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 09:59 PM

Beautiful Job Steve. You have a gorgeous telescope there.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

Steve,

The transformation from last Oct. is impressive :bow:

An early 152, being an original unit is a rarity would be my guess.

Have you decided on which objective?

I hope it's now just the motor drive that you would need for a 155 transformation.

Great thread!

Thanks

Bill


Thanks Bill. I'm still waiting for the second objective to come back from Barry at D&G. It has been there for almost 4 months now. I have frequently been told by Barry that it is "shipping this week".

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:52 AM

WOW Steve! Nice!

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:42 AM

Thanks Bill. I'm still waiting for the second objective to come back from Barry at D&G. It has been there for almost 4 months now. I have frequently been told by Barry that it is "shipping this week". [/quote]


I apprenticed for a very old school tool and dye mold maker.

In my studies I came away with a statement as well as a grumpy attitude when being rushed.
"You can have it RIGHT, or you can have it NOW, but you can't have it RIGHT NOW"! :foreheadslap:

I feel your pain!!

It will be worth it!!

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:12 AM

Thanks Bill. It is not the 4 months that it bothering me so much, it is the assertions that it is "shipping this week" and then a month later you find out it really hasn't left yet.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 12:28 PM

Yep,

I hope I didn't misrepresent my thoughts in my previous statement Steve.

It is much more palatable to use the engineering method; make you best estimate double it and that's what you tell your customer! :grin:

The customer may be disappointed in the beginning, but it's better than an excuse.

Artisans are a funny clan, they have the best intentions.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

Yep, the update today is it is done and tested out great! Shipping Monday or Tuesday....

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:22 AM

Sent the original lens that came with this scope to Barry at D&G today. Now that I have a second lens back in my hands, felt safer sending this one off. There are some minor fungus issues (after being stored in a garage in St. Paul, MN for 15 years), so I really wanted Barry to do the cleaning for me. Sorry this has been so slow...


4+ months now waiting to come back...maybe today :roflmao:?

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:30 PM

Spoke with Barry today and actually got a tracking number, lens is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow! Just about exactly 5 months from when I shipped to him...

Barry did tell me today that it cleaned up very nice and was one of the best early 4" Unitron lenses he had seen.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 04:48 PM

I thought Barry told everyone that :smirk:

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:15 AM

Your 4" Unitron looks great. Have you used your Unitron already? I'm curious how it shows planets like Saturn. Probably it shows very nice details on planets. Maybe you can write us your experience if you have a nice observation night with this great Unitron.
Cheers,
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:41 AM

Looking forward to a first light report.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:08 PM

Now due Thursday :(. I guess the monsoon season here in WI is having an impact.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:00 AM

Turned out great! Much better than my "extra" 102mm Unitron lens. This is very good, since this lens is the original to the scope and makes the other one surplus.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:07 AM

Nice! looking lens..

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:41 AM

Great looking lens :waytogo:

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 02:25 PM

Very nice indeed!






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