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#1 Darenwh

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

I will be posting pictures as I do restoration and generally talking about this great scope over the next few weeks/months. The scope was purchased at an estate sale. It did not include the counterweight bar, counterweight, box, objective cover, 2x barlow, and manual. Everything else appears to be there and in decent shape. There isn't even much rust on the scope. I believe the red color is from Georgia clay. The objective is dirty and may have a tiny spot of fungus. It will get cleaned either tonight or tomorrow to insure no fungus remains. Other than that it's just a little dirty. Here is a photo of the OTA with finderscopes in the back of my truck.

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#2 Darenwh

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:54 PM

Here is a photo of the focuser tube fully extended. Note, the reddish color does not appear to be rust but the grease is rather thick so it may be very light surface rust under the grease. Rack and pinion are smooth though a little tight, most likely from the old grease.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Very Nice ... looking forward to future posts on this. Congrats.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

I thought the plating guy told me that they copper coat before applying chrome. I'm probably all wet but I can detect a copper color on the ends of my dhrome plated steel rods. :crazy: Mike

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

Great scope. I followed your quest yesterday on the CN Classics ebay thread. Glad you got it, I am sure you will make it beautiful again and love using it. Congrats.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

I'm going to crome all the antique brass on my Zeiss 110mm refractor to make it look cool...give it the japanese look!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

nice catch darren...thats a rare one for sure.
more pics.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:48 PM

Hi Mark,
Your Zeiss 110 is your telescope and you can do with it anything you please. Please be aware that you will probably significantly decrease its value if you chrome the focuser and objective cell.
Cheers,
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:03 PM

Darren, glad you picked that one up. Nice scope.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:41 AM

I thought the plating guy told me that they copper coat before applying chrome. I'm probably all wet but I can detect a copper color on the ends of my dhrome plated steel rods. :crazy: Mike


Mike, I'm not a plating expert by any means, but I believe copper is sometimes plated before other decorative coatings are plated on top. It depends on the substrate, the finish coating, and the specs, of course. And if I'm not mistaken, it is often easier to plate more difficult coatings onto a copper surface than to other substrate metals.

Darren, that's a nice looking scope. I look forward to reading about your restoration of this equipment.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:30 AM

Another 15 TEA in the cloudy nights archives. Congrats! Looking forward to seeing more photos of the complete telescope.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:09 AM

Typical "chrome plating" is copper, followed by nickel, followed by chromium.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

Typical "chrome plating" is copper, followed by nickel, followed by chromium.


Thanks Don - I knew nickel was in there too, but I didn't remember the exact progression of metals.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:57 PM

I do suspect it's a bit of copper showing through. Oh well, I will have to deal with that as time permits. Lets get on with some pictures. First off will be a few pics of the scope as found with some close up's of some key parts. Here is the focuser, extended, and finders.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

Here are the legs of the pier. Note, not even a speck of rust on any of the bolts. You will not see any rust on any of the scope. Well, not any I have noticed yet. It's still early in the game for this scope.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

A better close up of the EQ mount.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

Another angle.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

A better close up of the finders.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

Finders with caps removed. Glass is spotless on objectives. Not even any dust.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:11 PM

Here is a close up of finders from side with tiny 'Shower Cap' that was covering a cover on the smaller finder. Why? I don't have any idea why.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

And the top of the tube with mount.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

Business end prior to cleaning. It had sat uncovered.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:16 PM

Down the tube after removing objective. There is a little dust and flash made it look much worse than it is. It is actually very black inside. Looks like a single baffle.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

Objective and dew shield interior after first cleaning. Note: Spacers are perfect. I am not taking lens apart as no need to. Note also only a single small spot on interior of dew shield that is not blackened. no rust even here.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

Interior of tube after very light wipe with very clean cloth to remove dust. This is how it looks to the eye.

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