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Aircoffee
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Parks 10" Superior restoration
      #3996103 - 08/20/10 09:13 PM Attachment (164 downloads)

Hi all, Looking for some help and advice. I'm completely new to telescope and I stumbled across a great deal on this scope. The mirror was confirmed by Parks Optical to be a 10"/F6.1 and to my untrained eye looks to be in very good shape. The scope is about 20 years old. The mount needs tlc (bad paint, rusty hardware, but it all works). There is one problem with the mount. It has a drive motor broken off. The motor label says it's from hanksmotors in Reedburg, Wisconsin and runs at 1 rpm. Was this even the correct motor? It's for moving the scope left to right (when the balance weight is down vertically). Already looked at Jupiter with a 25mm Parks Gold lens and what appears to be a Parks adjustable barlow. WOW!! My daughter and her friends can't wait to look through this scope. Any advice on upgrades, pictures, restoration processes, etc. all welcome. Please.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3996149 - 08/20/10 09:47 PM

hi,
welcome to CN.
i had a parks with a broken Dec motor and yes that is the correct motor. you can still get the motor online.
ill look up the link later when i get home.
looks like you got yourself a keeper.
congrats on a nice find.
Brian


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #3996158 - 08/20/10 09:50 PM

here you go. LINK

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3996172 - 08/20/10 09:59 PM

Quote:

Hi all, Looking for some help and advice. I'm completely new to telescope and I stumbled across a great deal on this scope. The mirror was confirmed by Parks Optical to be a 10"/F6.1 and to my untrained eye looks to be in very good shape. The scope is about 20 years old. The mount needs tlc (bad paint, rusty hardware, but it all works). There is one problem with the mount. It has a drive motor broken off. The motor label says it's from hanksmotors in Reedburg, Wisconsin and runs at 1 rpm. Was this even the correct motor? It's for moving the scope left to right (when the balance weight is down vertically). Already looked at Jupiter with a 25mm Parks Gold lens and what appears to be a Parks adjustable barlow. WOW!! My daughter and her friends can't wait to look through this scope. Any advice on upgrades, pictures, restoration processes, etc. all welcome. Please.




You need to raise the RA axis to the same number of degrees as your latitude. You're in MN, the mount in the picture is set for observing somewhere in Mexico.

That will improve your tracking and allow your setting circles to work too.

Adjustment of the RA axis is always a clunky and inaccurate business with these old mounts, it is one of their chief defects in comparison to modern alternatives. Basically you'll have to get an angle measuring gizmo (with the swinging needle) at Home depot, put it on the RA shaft, and do your best.

Even if your motors are not operational this will improve the functionality of the scope, because you can then "track" just by pushing on one axis.

Greg N


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3996196 - 08/20/10 10:15 PM

Here is a quick how to on how to align your mount as Greg has mentioned. Great scope, your going to really enjoy it.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: gnowellsct]
      #3996201 - 08/20/10 10:22 PM

You found a wonderful telescope Aircoffee. It looks in great shape too. Those Gold series eyepieces are excellent, I use them in my binoviewers for superb views.

Restoration? Check out this thread . Dan is one of our resident master telescope restorers and you'll find in that thread a whole lot of great techniques with pictures and just a complete understanding of how to get your new beauty back to original or better condition.

BTW, welcome to the Classics forum and don't forget to keep us posted. Good luck.


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Aircoffee
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: albert1]
      #3996400 - 08/21/10 12:24 AM

Thanks for the responses. I greatly appreciate the help. When I was viewing, I had it up around 44 degrees to match the latitude. Guessing it was in storage for many years.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3996428 - 08/21/10 12:40 AM

Hi Paul!

Welcome to the CN Classics Forum! You certainly have a nice scope and it looks to be in very good condition as well. I guess the first thing to do is assess what needs to be done and then take it from there. The best thing to do during a restore is to take lots of pictures (and post them here) and take lots of notes. Detailed pictures and notes will definitely help when putting it together again.

I don't know of any documented Parks restores, so chronicling your progress here is a great way to help others that come after you.

Remember, the first rule of telescope restoration is to never use a hammer. Rubber mallets are okay.

We're looking forward to seeing you go for it and look forward to seeing the progress!


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Aircoffee
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3996526 - 08/21/10 01:49 AM

I just ordered a replacement motor from "Edmunds Scientific. The drive motor is manufactured by "hmimotors", model 3440, 12 volt, 1 rpm. As I continue working on this scope, I'll post info and pictures.
I also need help with a wiring diagram for the hand controller. The original hand control is missing. Thought it shouldn't be a problem to make a new one.


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3996767 - 08/21/10 08:09 AM

Hi Paul, I might be able to help you out on figuring out the wiring if needed. Send me a pm to let me know where you are and we will see how far you are from me.

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Aircoffee
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #3997891 - 08/21/10 08:03 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

At the attachment point for the DE motor, am I missing a gear or does this shaft come out? I noticed on the threaded shaft that there is a set screw. If it does need a gear, anybody know what size and # of teeth?

Edited by Aircoffee (08/21/10 08:09 PM)


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3998008 - 08/21/10 09:00 PM

no gear needed.
set screw tightens down on the flat on motor shaft.
looks like that one should come out.
on the other side of bracket mine had a screw that you loosen when you want to adjust dec by hand.
that way you do not strip gears in that chintzy little motor.
Brian


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Aircoffee
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #3998128 - 08/21/10 10:04 PM Attachment (67 downloads)

Thanks Brian, that's what I thought, but I don't want to take anything for granted with this scope. Here's another pic. This one is on the backside of the RA drive. What's that knob and the white lever for? I have had the cover off and looked at what appears to be a clutch drive. Pic's of that later. I've taken over 30 pics so far.

Edited by Aircoffee (08/21/10 10:10 PM)


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #3998147 - 08/21/10 10:14 PM

yes,
thats what it is.
same as the one i had.
a little cleanup and some*BLEEP* screws and it will look good .
i had model HIT 10"
if you look it up on parks website the mount is the same.
Brian


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #3999287 - 08/22/10 01:58 PM

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a little cleanup and some*BLEEP* screws and it will look good .




Where can I find *BLEEP* screws?

Seriously, I can usually figure out what the censor program deleted, but not here. Can you, ummm, find anothr way to write it?

Jim


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Jim Rosenstock]
      #3999524 - 08/22/10 03:54 PM

I'm betting it was an abbreviation for Stainless Steel....

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: PiSigma]
      #3999531 - 08/22/10 03:57 PM

Welcome to CN Paul.

I can't help much with your Parks but if it's anything like a Cave it all comes apart fairly easily and should be fun to refinish and restore.

Looking forward to pictures of the process...


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Aircoffee
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: PiSigma]
      #3999745 - 08/22/10 05:41 PM

Thanks Jon. It looks to be a lot like your Cave. The paint is yellowing, so I plan to repaint it. Maybe orange and white with a big "T" on the side. (did I mention,...I grew up in East Tennessee). Actually, Dan has inspired me to get to work on the mount and clean this baby up. Honestly not sure about the tube color yet, but it will be refinished.

Take care (saw your scopes....nice collection!)


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: PiSigma]
      #3999910 - 08/22/10 07:11 PM

Quote:

I'm betting it was an abbreviation for Stainless Steel....



PiSigma,
your right.


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4000001 - 08/22/10 08:00 PM

Looks like things are nicely shaping up and you will have a great telescope.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: GeneT]
      #4004504 - 08/25/10 12:31 AM Attachment (67 downloads)

OK, so I started disassembling the scope tonight and I finally found where you keep the electrical tape! Now why didn't I think to look inside the focuser sooner.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4004533 - 08/25/10 12:46 AM

Don't be too quick to throw it out. That may be where the guy kept his stash of diamonds rolled up.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4004547 - 08/25/10 12:55 AM Attachment (58 downloads)

I took the aluminum rings off the ends of the scope tonight using a wooden wedge. Very carefully I slowly worked around the edge of the tube where it meets the rings. I'm sure the more experienced folks can vouch for this. If you pry to hard or get in a rush, you stand a good chance of bending the aluminum. These rings will need some sanding, but should buff out to a nice shine.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4004551 - 08/25/10 01:00 AM Attachment (61 downloads)

When I pulled out the primary mirror assembly, I noticed that when you hold the mirror up to a light you can see "light spots through the surface of the mirror. Can anyone explain this to me? Does this mean the mirror should be recoated? If needed, I'm considering the shop in Iowa City, Iowa or Nova Optical in Utah. Advice is very welcome. The secondary is a lot of spots too, but I'm not sure yet if that's just dust or surface damage.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4004554 - 08/25/10 01:01 AM Attachment (64 downloads)

Here's a picture of the primary mirror. Notice the spots. (not the camera flash) haha

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4004894 - 08/25/10 08:35 AM

Paul, you can have the mirror recoated over in Hopkins at the Eisenhower Observatory if you want.. I can get you the information if needed.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4005369 - 08/25/10 01:15 PM

Quote:

OK, so I started disassembling the scope tonight and I finally found where you keep the electrical tape! Now why didn't I think to look inside the focuser sooner.




Paul, Parks still sell R&P focusers and even the adapter ring alone, that screws into the drawtube - here:

2" adapter ring

-drl


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: deSitter]
      #4006343 - 08/25/10 09:30 PM

The new motor arrived from Edmunds today. It's an exact match for the one that was broken off the telescope. I started sanding the paint off some of the telescope parts today. Rod,...definitely send me the info on "Hopkins". thanks

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4006443 - 08/25/10 10:22 PM

Take this a day at a time and a step at a time. Ultimately, you will have a very nice telescope, made even more enjoyable because you restored it.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: GeneT]
      #4087185 - 10/02/10 05:42 AM Attachment (50 downloads)

Been doing a lot of polishing, got new stainless hardware, and here's the new tube color.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4088437 - 10/02/10 07:24 PM Attachment (38 downloads)

So, here's the finderscope brackets before restoration.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4088462 - 10/02/10 07:33 PM Attachment (48 downloads)

Here's the brackets after. The right one is polished and clear-coated. The left one is prepped for final buffing. I started with paint stripper, washed parts, then 240 grit. I worked that down in steps to 1500 grit. All sanding was done "wet". Final buffing with a cloth and polish, then cleared

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4088549 - 10/02/10 08:30 PM

Quote:

OK, so I started disassembling the scope tonight and I finally found where you keep the electrical tape! Now why didn't I think to look inside the focuser sooner.



I thought I was the only one who did things like that.


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: GeneT]
      #4120895 - 10/16/10 11:35 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

The work continues. I need more grease for my elbow.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4121427 - 10/17/10 08:38 AM

Quote:

The work continues. I need more grease for my elbow.




Nice looking.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #4124969 - 10/18/10 05:34 PM Attachment (50 downloads)

Thought I'd take a break from sanding and polishing to show off some progress.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4150983 - 10/29/10 05:30 PM Attachment (37 downloads)

Started putting the hardware back on the tube last night. At any time, if you see something to comment or advise on, please do. This is my first scope restoration and I'm "LAG". (Learn As you Go).

Edited by Aircoffee (10/29/10 05:35 PM)


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4150998 - 10/29/10 05:38 PM Attachment (48 downloads)

So, what's this little attachment for? Guessing to hold a counter-weight or maybe some other attachment? There is a knob for tightening.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4151178 - 10/29/10 07:06 PM

looks like a arm slides in for a camera adapter.
my parks did not have that but my cave had one similar.
looking real good.
Brian


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: mustgobigger]
      #4151184 - 10/29/10 07:09 PM

Yep, that's a camera support bracket. Edmund I think had one like that. I ordered my Optical Craftsmen with the camera bracket option, but it's next to the focuser and supports the bracket perpendicular, rather than tangent, to the tube.

-Tim.


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4151892 - 10/30/10 03:40 AM

or a projection screen bracket ?

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4152037 - 10/30/10 07:50 AM

If the mirror is half as good as your restoration job you'll have a powerhouse on your hands Paul. I love the blue w/chrome look. At first I didn't think I'd like the blue cause I hate it on cars but this looks great. Can't wait to see it complete.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: tim53]
      #4152362 - 10/30/10 11:48 AM

You could also rig up a solar projection screen with that doohickey. Every scope needs one of those!

-drl


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: albert1]
      #4152376 - 10/30/10 11:52 AM

Quote:

If the mirror is half as good as your restoration job you'll have a powerhouse on your hands Paul. I love the blue w/chrome look. At first I didn't think I'd like the blue cause I hate it on cars but this looks great. Can't wait to see it complete.




Yeah agreed, I usually don't like colored scopes but this looks terrific - it's the polished aluminum that sets it off - I need to learn how to do that!

-drl


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: deSitter]
      #4153185 - 10/30/10 07:34 PM

Quote:

Quote:

If the mirror is half as good as your restoration job you'll have a powerhouse on your hands Paul. I love the blue w/chrome look. At first I didn't think I'd like the blue cause I hate it on cars but this looks great. Can't wait to see it complete.




Yeah agreed, I usually don't like colored scopes but this looks terrific - it's the polished aluminum that sets it off - I need to learn how to do that!

-drl




The process is not complicated, just time comsuming and takes a lot of elbow grease.
I started with 80 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander to take off the paint and remove any severe scratches. Once this step is done, do it all again and again, moving to 220 grit and them to 400. When you get to 400, only sand back and forth, no more orbital sanding. Then step up to 1500 grit sanding at a 90 degree angle from last time. All sanding above 220 should be done wet. The end result takes time, but I'm enjoying the results of my labor. Finally polish with a pad or buffer wheel and metal polish. Yep, it's work, but these scopes deserve the attention.

Funny, I never thought about it, but my truck is blue and silver....guess I like the combination.


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4153594 - 10/30/10 11:47 PM

I've been thinking about that bracket and I'm going to try something. I've got a Droid with Google sky map on it. I'm going to set up an arm on that bracket to hold the Droid and use it as a guide. Just enter what I want to see and it'll tell me where to point the scope. Once I actually get to try this theory out, I'll report success or failure. Has anybody tried this??

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4153608 - 10/30/10 11:57 PM

Semi-auto goto...........Nice!!

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Compressorguy]
      #4154054 - 10/31/10 09:59 AM

Paul, Wow! you have some serious polishing going on there. It's going to look really nice when you get her all back together.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: PiSigma]
      #4155338 - 10/31/10 10:44 PM

Thanks Jon. I used your Cave as a reference that led me to painting the legs, instead of buffing them out. I've learned a world of information just reading all the Cave restoration posts on the site. I've found that the Parks scopes are nearly identical to the Cave scopes. I can safely say, "I love doing restoration!".

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4155901 - 11/01/10 09:11 AM

Paul when do you want to haul it down here to check it out under dark skies?? I am lucky in that I have pretty good skies considering all the yard lights around. Or we could haul it down to the MAS observatory south of here where it is REALLY dark!!

Rod


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Ham Radio]
      #4156594 - 11/01/10 03:44 PM

Soon. I'm off work Thanksgiving week and hoping to have it done by then.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4662143 - 06/27/11 09:40 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

I finally got back to work on this scope. Not long now and I'll be ready to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4662272 - 06/27/11 11:08 PM

You found a classic. Good luck on its restoration.

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: GeneT]
      #4667369 - 06/30/11 07:16 PM

I spent this afternoon going through all the collimation procedures for the telescope. I started with making sure the top of the scope was square. I then adjusted the spider to center it in the scope. The next step was to check the lazer beam and make sure the focuser was properly aligned. To confirm this I put a rod through the hole that the secondary attaches to the spider. The result was obvious... a lazer beam centered on the rod. I then went through the process of aligning the secondary and then on to the primary mirror. The result was the ability to see the detail on a maple leaf three block away, using a 35mm lens. I want to thank all the people on cloudy nights. Without your informative posts and guidance I would have never made it this far. I am now the proud owner of a fully restored and really nice scope that I can share with family and friends for a long time. Thanks!!

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Aircoffee]
      #4668645 - 07/01/11 02:52 PM

Wow Paul!
Congratulations! What a gem of a custom restoration.
That amount of a labor. I bet it will never languish for love.

Bill


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madeline
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: Bill Griffith]
      #4668899 - 07/01/11 05:44 PM

Paul, that is a beauty. You are one lucky man. Hope you are happy with that Sears Refractor.

John


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Aircoffee
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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: madeline]
      #4677729 - 07/06/11 07:57 PM

Hi John,
I took the Sears to my Dad in TN. He loves it. He's 80 years old and a small nice scope like that was exactly what he wanted. We'll have to get together and play with the Parks scope once I do some tweaking and learn how to use it better. I saw my first object last night.... M15.


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: madeline]
      #4677753 - 07/06/11 08:16 PM

Quote:

Paul, that is a beauty. You are one lucky man. Hope you are happy with that Sears Refractor.

John




And here I thought you were a female. I cannot understand why?


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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: greju]
      #4679806 - 07/07/11 08:15 PM

Yupper, Madeline Island

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Re: Parks 10" Superior restoration new [Re: madeline]
      #5625237 - 01/15/13 09:32 PM

Well, after waiting over two months, I got my mirror back from the shop and it now has an enhanced aluminum coating. I was able to get a report on the mirror that showed it has a strelh ratio of .969..

Due to priorities in life, this scope will soon be for sale.

Edited by Aircoffee (01/18/13 07:50 PM)


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