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#1 Douglas729

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:19 PM

Wrap it! Wrap it good with 3M Vinyl Wrap:

http://solutions.3m....roducts/Seri...

http://www.topvinylf...nyl-1857-1.html

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#2 KevinS

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:32 AM

Thanks for the links.
I like to think appearance inside the scope is the only thing that matters. In reality, that nasty scratch on my baby newt just bugs me. I was just noodling over disassembling and painting the little sucker. That's a lot of work compared to wrapping it.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 09:24 AM

you can always clear several coats of catalyzed poly over top of the vinyl to protect the .002in thk surface.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:05 PM

Select vinyl finish "Black 1080-CF12" and you can awe people with your carbon fiber telescope!

(Could be a boon to people who actually build their own carbon fiber tube for real, but find it less than cosmetically perfect.)

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 12:21 PM

Select vinyl finish "Black 1080-CF12" and you can awe people with your carbon fiber telescope!


If you add a temperature compensating focuser then most wouldn't even know that the CTE of the faux carbon tube wasn't low. But you would look cool.

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#6 Douglas729

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

I can't paint without a mistake and many of us are compulsive perfectionists so I've ruined things because of that little scratch.

Dare I imitate this beauty?
...don't like it ? peel it off, apply Goo Gone to the ota and your right back where you started.

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#7 KennyJ

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:13 PM

Food for thought.

Thanks Douglas!

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:13 AM

Nice match for Meade Royal Blue:roflmao:

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:53 PM

A Fork Mounted Super C8 Plus..."Very cool and very sexy" Uncle Rod Molisse.

http://www.cloudynig...3410761/page...

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#10 Bob Myler

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:19 PM

Very nice, Doug. :goodjob:

Was that matte finish the result of spraying - or wrapping?

#11 Douglas729

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:19 AM

It's too good a finish for me to have painted it Bob and you should know that my lack of patience will result in drips, runs and errors, A man should know his limitations

Note how a matte finish mutes any metallic reflectivity.

thanks just the same

#12 Chuck Hards

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:22 AM

Reminds me of the Monokote trend about a decade or so ago.

I like that flat-black SCT. Darth Vader's scope.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:22 PM

It definitely looks military!

#14 Douglas729

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:16 PM

That's the Mississippi and during the 35 ft. crest last week it came within just 1 foot of the floor of my stilted observation deck. As I approached it, I felt that I was now on the deck of a whaling ship in the Aleutian islands with a harpoon launcher...but I have one **** of an imagination - DG Imagineer

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:18 PM

What would be the best color for quickest thermal stabilization?

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:50 PM

Probably white, since it rejects sunlight but should be fairly dark in IR.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:53 PM

What does this cost, anyway?

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 03:07 PM

I remember a thread where a fellow did his stc this way, can't find it now. I was a bit concerned about the joint/splice appearance,but looking at my C1100 HD tube it seems Celestron wasn't too worried about it!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 03:33 PM

That's the Mississippi and during the 35 ft. crest last week it came within just 1 foot of the floor of my stilted observation deck. As I approached it, I felt that I was now on the deck of a whaling ship in the Aleutian islands with a harpoon launcher...but I have one **** of an imagination - DG Imagineer


Call me Ishmael... :grin:

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:10 PM

When I saw this thread, immediately ordered enough to do my homemade 5" f/8 refractor, cost=$31.23. Will post results tomorrow good or not.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 05:21 PM

Do you have any "stupid juice?" It helps for placement and less air bubbles. If you do have an air bubble you can't get rid of use a pin to pop it and then squeegee it out

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:06 AM

Vinyl Wrap my results:

If you are too clutzy to paint, you will never ever succeed with this stuff. Mine started out good but got progressivly worse, till the last 1/4 of tube was a mass of bubbles and wringles. They didn't send their promised 'free' squeegee, but I had a teflon one. Didn't help.

So the moral of this story is don't spend $30, and that was the cheapest, or u will probably end up with a $30 wad of stickey plastic like me. A can of Brandon Blue spray paint only costs $5, but you gotta wait a month for it to dry.....Or just polish the tube using scotchbrite and wd-40, worked good on my last scope. Anger, enjoy !!!

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:19 PM

Ouch. I'll be ordering mine soon and will post pictures of the final look.


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