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#1 pq3

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:36 AM

I recently won an auction for a pair of apogee ra 88's, and ended up loosing after all I'm afraid.The focus mechanism is broken for each of the oculars, and they just spin freely. I popped out the eyepieces and the focus rings lifted right up ... hollow. It appears the gearing was removed.So my question is where to source parts/service to put these back to a functional state. Any help, advice, and insight will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for your time*

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#2 Rich V.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

Sorry to hear of your problem, Paul. You apparently lost the auction lottery.

I think your best bet would be to contact Suddarth Optical Repair in Henryetta OK and have them take a look at your binos. Hopefully, they can come up with a workaround with spare parts or whatever it takes to get your focusers working again. They're certainly among the few that are qualified to do what's necessary.

Let us know how your sad saga pans out...

BTW, welcome to Cloudy Nights Binoculars!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Thank you Rich ! I'll contact them straight away and let you know what happens.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

What about Apogee? I saw Mr. Sheldon Faworski at the OPT SCAE summertime show/sale last year or maybe the year before. He was in the booth of Explore Scientific.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Gordon,

Can you provide "Contact Information" for Apogee? Email or phone number?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

With regards to Apogee, I've been looking into that but have only come up with sales info so far.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

I think American company known as Apogee has been closed a few years now. The owner, Sheldon F. still sells various ATM parts and a few other items on the Classifieds as MASILMW. I have purchased a few items from him recently and have been very happy with those purchases. Not sure if he has any binocular parts other than some objective lenses.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

we frequently make the call that repair cost more than the binoculars are worth,
but can someone give a ballpark figure of cost of repair?
I realize the cost is related to assessment time, time to repair, cost of parts;

but a range or at least minimum starting cost to assess and minor adjustment?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

I'd forget about Apogee right now and just give Cory Suddarth a call or email to see what he thinks about the situation. He'll certainly give an honest opinion about the matter. Paul deserves that after the gut punch feeling he must have about now...

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:32 AM

Explore Scientific is easy to find in Sky&Tel and/or Google or Bing. They should be able to direct one to Mr. Faworski who was/is ( or his son was/is) Apogee. I agree with the guess that Apogee is defunct.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:00 AM

Hi everyone, and thank you for all the info and leads. I've spoken to Cory and will likely be sending the binos his way for a looking over.

I've come across the Seibert Optical site where eyepiece sets for these and the Orion BT70 are sold as interchangeable, which may lead to another "parts" source. It appears they may have used the same focus assembly.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:25 AM

sound like a good resolution/potential resolution of the issue
I hope they can be repaired at a reasonable price

edj






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