Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:23 PM
I guess what I'm asking is, will it be useable or best just as a decoration?
Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:07 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:25 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:35 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:30 PM
The real downfall, imo, is the steel legs.
I replaced mine with old classic wooden ones.
Regardless, if your getting it dirt chaep, heck yeah ,get on that bad boy.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:18 AM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:52 AM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:24 PM
Also, to add wooden legs, is that all you need to do I just swap them out) or do you need to modify the tripod to do this?
Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:31 PM
What will I need to upgrade on this to make it useable? Is the mount good enough or will I need to do anything with it? It does have the metal legs.
I do plan on finding a nice hybrid diagonal to use my existing eyepieces as I've heard these are the downside of these old telescopes.
Any more pointers or info would be appreciated.
Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:53 PM
My metal mount was trash, so I temporarily borrowed my Jason 313's EQ mount, which is more than sufficient for this lightweight OTA. The finder is also useless, but it still serves nicely as a temporary pointing aid with the objective stop removed, until I can replace it.
I plan on eventually shortening the tube and replacing the flimsy focuser as well, which doesn't have enough travel, with a 1-1/4" Crayford style. This should make a world of difference. Enjoy your new scope!
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:44 AM
As for the diagonal, youll need a hybrid diagonal...it has the .965 nose that goes into the .965 focuser, but has a 1.25 top to accept standard eye pieces.These are sold by multiple places, Orion comes to mind right off, but Im sure others will chime in with other places who sell them.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:22 AM
Steve- Nice set up you have there.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:33 PM
Looked at the Objective and did a quick clean up and it's ready to go. Just looking around the hills here I'm happy.
There is one very small mark on the lens, which could be a fungus but it looks more like a sort of fingerprint. It's only about 1/8" in size so I'll deal with it later. Hopefully the skies stay as they are right now and I'll get to try it out tonight.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:13 PM