Joining the Ranks...
Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:39 PM
I am just happy to get opportunities to buy expensive scopes like Cave Astrola, Unitrons, or even modern telescopes. I am really happy to meet young astronomers like you.
Really nice restoring, It looks fantastic.
Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:49 PM
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:41 PM
Superbly capable instrument. Nice job
Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:19 PM
Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:47 PM
I wish you many pleasant hours at the eyepiece of your new-yet-old instrument, Justin, and a lifetime full of clear, starry nights!
P.S. Folks, the next time someone on CN starts to bemoan a perceived lack of young folks who are seriously interested in amateur astronomy, I intend to provide them with a friendly link to this thread.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:19 PM
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:56 PM
And that clean looking focuser.. Those aren't the original focuser knobs, but quite frankly, they're easier to grip and get a finer focus
You have done a wonderful job with the RV-6. This is the story behind those focuser knobs:
The original focuser shaft was badly bent. A machinist friend drilled out the old shaft, saving the gear so it could be reused. He machined a new shaft along with the knobs. The shaft and the knobs are stainless steel. The gear was then brazed to the shaft, I believe with silver.
One Christmas he wanted to give his wife a telescope ...
These beautiful old scopes, we are not owners, we are caretakers.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 08:30 PM
Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:52 AM
I did something very similar at your age. Many years on, I'll never forget the satisfaction and the sense of adventure I had from rebuilding an old scope and the views I was rewarded by. You've got yourself a life experience right there. You're way ahead of your years. Well done mate.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:04 AM
When I was your age (1972), I was making my first molded fiberglass tube in my dad's garage. 10" diameter, for an 8" f/7 Newtonian. I checked-out Neil E. Howard's "Standard Handbook" from the public library and followed his method. Worked pretty well!
That was my first experience with composites. Of course, I reasoned while mixing my resin, ignoring Howard's advice, "if ten drops of catalyst is good, half the bottle would be even better!"
Good thing the resin bucket was near the open garage door and I could kick it out in the alley before the flames got too bad. Lesson learned!
Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:32 AM
A couple of questions - how are the coatings? Does the drive work? I have an old clutch assy and worm gear - they are yours if needed. If you need help with that, let me know.
I used to build RV-6's back at the plant in the late 70's. Small world, huh?
If the scope is losing collimation, it's probably the primary moving in it's cell.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:36 AM
Great job.. welcome here...
Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:35 AM
Me? I'm a mere wannabe, currently with limited skills, but always learning, so I'm in awe of your prowess. When I bought a salt-encrusted C8, it proved to be beyond my ability, so I sent it to Larry Beach (Orion61 in the post above) to refurbish. It's sitting in the post office now, waiting for me to rescue it and see his handywork!
Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:39 AM
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:15 PM
I had "limited skills" as well before I started, it just took a little time to think out each step, and the Internet is a big help! Always fun to start a new project and the finished product is great, especially when you take pictures the whole way
Posted 19 June 2013 - 12:33 PM