Stellarvue SV80S Dew Shade "Droop" problem...
Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:59 AM
For those of you who have had a Stellarvue scope with this affliction, how have you corrected it? What is the "little blue pill" equivalent for addressing this symptom. If you could walk me through the fix, I'd be greatly obliged.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:11 PM
Put the new stuff on top on top of the original and ease the dew shield back on without curling back the new felt,I found the procedure a tad fiddly and uses a thin flat edged screwdriver to help.
Sticky backed felt can be found at the local craft shop of give Stellarvue a ring, they should be able to send you some, a far simpler way is to just use a rubber band behind the dew shield to stop it dropping down when elevated, good luck,DA.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:13 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:20 PM
Unscrew the dew shield from the retaining ring, cut a few small pieces and attach them on top of the existing material, evenly spaced around the lens cell radially. You'll have to experiment a bit; it doesn't take a lot of material to do the job.
When you've added the right amount, the dew shield will fit nice and tight again.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:20 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:53 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:22 AM
I just put a rubber band behind the dew shield....
Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:27 PM
I'll do that on an interim basis. I do want to "restore" the scope to its original functionality though at some point, though. I'm planning on using it for an article I'm working on, and want it to look pretty in the pictures.
I've also asked Starlight for a quote on a replacement clamping screw for the bent one. Little by little I'll get the scope back in fighting trim.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:52 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:23 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:17 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:19 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:17 PM
Yep, I bought this one after using Jared's a couple of years ago to observe Sirius B.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:44 PM
Would I do that , Jared? It's blue.
C'mon, Jim--not descriptive enough. Inquiring minds want to know: Stardust Blue or Midnight Stardust?
Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:55 AM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:56 AM
I've also asked Starlight about a replacement coarse focus knob as the one on the unit I received has faded to eggplant and plum on its way to gold due to UV exposure (probably set up indoors at a window for extended periods).
What I'd really rather do is have Stellarvue just port my optics to one of the new OTAs in white with the 2.5" focuser, and call it a day. I can repair the FT and part it out to recoup part of the costs of my misadventure on the used scope that wasn't what it was held out to be condition-wise.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:15 PM
Though it's more "pale Pepto pink" I'd say.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:23 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:23 PM
Plain old Stardust blue...
You mean Beautiful Stardust Blue!!!!
Mary's got the right spirit! In my book, Stardust Blue is never "plain old."
Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:12 AM
The "droop" is fixed. I used negative, adhesive Velcro strips (3 of them) and it works pretty well.
I also installed the replacement hardware from Starlight, and that, too, is perfect.
Sadly, in the oblique lighting coming into my shed across my workbench, what I thought was just a scratch in the tube paint turned out to be an actual dent in the tube. By reconstructing the packing (I save everything) I could piee together how it happened. The seller packed the clamshell loose in the box and wrapped the OTA with a a layer of bubble wrap. At some point in the juggling process by the shipper, the post on the clamshell was jammed hard against the tube, denting it through the layer of bubble wrap. The radius and position of the dent fit the clamshell post radius and orientation perfectly.
Sadly, this little scope will never achieve "very good" condition status through restoration as I'd hoped. Other quibbles uncovered in the servicing include the paint job. Stardust blue is lovely, but the paint on the dew shade and paint on the tube don't match. When I applied acrylic polish to the tube and dew shade, I discovered why. The dew shade is not clear coated. The tube is. This leads to different paint fading rates for the two components.
I should have my Desert Sky Astro mounts in a couple-few weeks, so first light for this tired little SV80S will wait for the DSV-1. It will never be worth much on resale beyond the optics value as the tube has some manufacturing/design and handling/wear issues, but hopefully it will perform as well as other 80mm LOMO optics I've seen.
Assuming it passes first light muster, I'll look for a case for it. Any suggestions for a padded soft case for the SV80S?
Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:33 PM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:17 PM