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#1 bob midiri

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:25 AM

There seems to be a lot of picture of your....scope threads, but how bout a thread on your classic scope restoration, a before shot and finished shot. Bob

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

So this was a classic C14 I picked up, the cork was squeezing out the corrector had mold inside and outside on the plate. The forks and drive had mud nests all over. It took weeks

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

But finally the scope cleaned up well and is a great scope

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

That is nothing but amazing to me

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

A fine transformation, Bob! Quite an early one, with those sand-cast forks.

There's always my notorious thread about Margarita, the Salt-Encrusted C8. Larry Beach has finished restoring it, and will be shipping it back to me soon. Should be quite an adventure in before-and-after photographs!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

My '59 10" F/5 Cave that came to me in 3 boxes.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

Tinky, Serial #135, before: Posted Image

and after:
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

Wow Tim, one of my favorite projects to watch here on CN!

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

The Horsetrail Cave....

Fresh off the trail:
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:57 PM

How about a video.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:02 PM

Wow Dan and Tim some amaziang transformation :bow: thanks for sharing guys so far. bob

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:46 AM

Almost dont wanna post this after seeing the above :bow: :bow:

This scope came to me from Carol Widger, the alt-az head was a joke, the lenses had been taken apart and put back together horribly.The focuser was usable, but not bye much.And the lone baffle was actually improperly placed, it was cutting off a large portion of the light cone, trying to move it, I mangled it, so it went bye bye, I did totally flock the inside, and the lack of a baffle hasnt hurt the old girl at all.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:47 AM

The Widger scope is the Blue one....before

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:49 AM

And after.....the Widger scope is now the equal of any 60mm Ive ever used, in fact the best 60x700 Ive ever used.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

Very nice restorations :bow:

Here is one Tinsley that found a new lease on life, It now lives at 3-L Com Tinsley Division in SF. :question:

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

Now it will not leave paint on your hands after use! :foreheadslap:
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

Wow Clint! Awesome telescope, magnificent restoration.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

Meade 16" f4.5 Equatorial Starfinder " before "
Actually worse than what you can tell from this image, it sat in a old shed where the roof leaked and the doors were left open allowing the ellements to blow in on it.
Tube had a couple deep dents and the mirror cell was pretty much rotted.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

Clint unbelievable, beautiful job!! Bob

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

"After" Built new mirror cell based on original design but used Baltic Birch and Ebony Star laminate, although you cant see that in this image :grin:
Skim coated tube with auto body filler, sanded and painted.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Wow Dave, looks like you just picked it up off the showroom floor, awesome

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Thanks! Bob :)

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

The worst was the lens and dew shield on this Atco.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

Atco OTA before and after. Still the original paint on the "after" shot.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

My Tasco 20TE after bringing it home. The mud daubers had a half dozen of these everywhere. Oh and I see hints of some green felt remarkably in very good shape I might add. Plus the protective brass pins were still under the thumb knobs screws to protect the chrome rods on the sliding tube weights.

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