Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
1st Caveman Award!Maynard Clark 8" f/8The Horsetrail Cave 12.5" f/7.51975 Cave 8" f/7 Lightweight Deluxe1972 Cave 8" f/4.5 RFT DeluxeCriterion RV-6Logitech HD C615 Webcam for Imaging
Celestron Ultima 8 (1991) with a white tube (sold by Vixen)
Orion Express 80 on a CG-4
Fujinon 7 X 50 Binoculars
Williams Optics 8-24 mm Zoom(type 1)
Orion Ultrascopic 5 mm
University Optics 6,7 mm
Explore Scientific 80 deg 6.8mm,8.8 mm, 11 mm, 18 mm Meade UWA: 24 mm
Meade SWA: 40 mm Orion Shorty II Plus Barlow
Zhumel Planetary 18mm 1.25"
Quote:And the one thing that worries me the most.
Clear Skies- Guy
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote:Nice! Nothing that can't be fixed up though. That tube cradle I'd ask someone what they think. Someone on here has a '59 Cave and their pier leg was snapped off and it was fixed like new. There are several different models/versions of the RV-6, and by seeing you have the nameplate it's older than 1971. Pop open the motor cover and on the motor you'll see the serial number with the date. That looks like a really fun project, I really enjoyed restoring mine. There's several people on here that know how to fix just about every part on this scope so I'm excited to see how you'll restore it!
Unitron 114 62mm Unitron 128 60mm Unitron 140 75mm Unitron 155 102mm Cave Astrola 10" f/5 (1959) Meade LX90 8" & LXD75 AR6-AT
George RoffeKingwood, TX
Inventor of the Herschel Wedgie. Watch your back.
Astronomy - The World's Second-Oldest Profession.
"You don't know Swift from Astrola." -C.H.-
Quote:I was also bidding on that scope. You got it for a heck of a good price. Well done! That looks like a scope to be proud of!
Quote:I've welded cast aluminum before. I'd first make a jig to clamp both pieces in the proper position relative to one another. Then I'd pack ice on both pieces leaving only the cleaned area to be welded exposed. The ice helps prevent distortion from the heat of the arc.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Sheet Metal Worker/Welder Indiana Astronomical Society 6" f/10 home brew dob, Quantum 4, 90mm Apex Mak, Criterion RV-6, Criterion RV-8, Coulter Odyssey 1 13.1", Meade 16" Lightbridge, Sears Discoverer 4-6305A, Manon 60mm (The Marsha Scope), Towa 11T, Tasco 10TE
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Quote:Great find there "Flash". These are really great scopes with typicaly very good optics. This should prove to be a very rewarding project. The best collimation tool you have is absolutely free and that's your eyes and a star. Wife can't complain too much about that. Not sure of your level of proficiency collimating scopes but here are several good references to view.http://www.andysshotglass.com/Collimating.htmlhttp://www.garyseronik.com/?q=node/165Here's a link to my RV-6 and it's resto. http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/4488240/page...Hope you enjoy your new project. It should provide you with some fantastic views!! Can't wait to see more photos!!
Vixen Custom 80M
Sans & Streiffe No. 612 76.2mm x 1250mm
Coulter Odyssey 13.1"
SkyWatcher 8" SCT
Criterion Dynascope 10
1967 Scope Orbit 60mm X 700mm
Quote:DAN,Did you remove the RA and DEC shafts from the housings? This has been my stopping point on mine. It seems that Criterion did not recess a spot on the shaft where the lock knobs contact it. This resulted in building up a ridge on the shaft that keeps it from coming out of the housing. I can press the shafts out but any ridge will likely damage the housing seat and I'd have to have the housing line bored for a bushing, then have the bushing reamed to size for the shaft.I'm all ears on this one.
Did you remove the RA and DEC shafts from the housings? This has been my stopping point on mine. It seems that Criterion did not recess a spot on the shaft where the lock knobs contact it. This resulted in building up a ridge on the shaft that keeps it from coming out of the housing.
I can press the shafts out but any ridge will likely damage the housing seat and I'd have to have the housing line bored for a bushing, then have the bushing reamed to size for the shaft.
I'm all ears on this one.