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orion61

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5157395 - 04/05/12 10:33 AM

any updates? pix?

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Joe Cepleur
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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: orion61]
      #5158004 - 04/05/12 05:27 PM

Quote:

any updates? pix?




Thanks for asking. I had to leave the scope 200 miles behind to help my mother through a bout in the hospital and the rehabilitation afterwards. She'll be fine, but this is about the only thing that could attain a higher priority in my life! Good news is, all those screws are getting a good, long soak in the penetrating oil. Upon my return, I'll post a picture that I've already taken, showing the crazy workaround steadying the otherwise floppy secondary while its screws are frozen too loosely.

Any votes for the best finder for a C8 for purely visual work? Reflex sight? 9x50 right angle, correct image?


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531807 - 11/21/12 09:43 AM

Time to send Margarita for repair, but it's taken a while to find a crate that would guarantee safe shipping.

At some point in his life, the wanna-be restorer of telescopes must either become a proper machinist, or accept the fact that he is in over his head. It's one thing to see Tinky resurrected or to witness the rebirth of a Cave found in a field while horseback riding, but entirely another thing to make similar events happen. This scope's problems are nothing someone with the right skills and tools could not fix easily enough, but I an not destined to become that person any time soon.

I have been concerned about shipping my C8 ever since reading, in the instruction manual for a similar Meade 2080, that a Schmidt-Cassegrain should never be shipped solely in its foam-lined storage trunk. Always, Meade insisted, pack the trunk inside the original Styrofoam-lined, corrugated cardboard shipping crate. I have read elsewhere that there is a risk of breaking the corrector plate when jostling the scope in shipping. This is solely a problem of inertia. Drop that crate, and the sudden stop when scope hits concrete depends upon the strength of the corrector to hold both its own momentum and the secondary's. Bounce it too hard, and the corrector could break, even if the outer box and inner trunk were unscathed.

Having found the perfect crate readily available at appliance stores everywhere, I thought I'd show how I packed the scope for confident shipping. It may be overkill, but it was easy once I knew how, and try replacing a forty-year-old corrector if you lose one! Margarita's progress will continue to be posted to this thread. Check back often, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531809 - 11/21/12 09:45 AM Attachment (36 downloads)

Margarita in her trunk, in need of a proper outer protective crate.

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531837 - 11/21/12 10:02 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

All the materials needed to encase Margarita in a proper ark for shipping.

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531847 - 11/21/12 10:09 AM Attachment (22 downloads)

A hunk of Styrofoam wedged below the mount snugs Margarita in to her trunk, so she won't shift in transit.

After much searching, I found an ark with Styrofoam cradles that perfectly fit a C8's trunk. Ask your local appliance store for the box from an undercounter microwave oven.


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531850 - 11/21/12 10:10 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

Popped her back out of bed for a moment, to affix her lens cap more securely. (Note the clear packing tape now fastening her lens cap to her tube.)

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531862 - 11/21/12 10:15 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

A rolled up newspaper doubly secure the lens cap, by wedging it against the mount.

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531868 - 11/21/12 10:19 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

The trunk is now set it into the shipping crate, sandwiched between the Styrofoam cradles. The fit is not quite perfect. Note the several inches of cardboard wall extending above the top of the Styrofoam.

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531896 - 11/21/12 10:33 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Peanuts would fill the space perfectly, but make a mess upon opening the crate. What to do?

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531906 - 11/21/12 10:38 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Rather than pour the peanuts loosely, they were sealed in a plastic bag, so they may be removed and repacked in one piece. (The picture shows the peanuts before the plastic bag was taped closed.)

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531908 - 11/21/12 10:39 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Details count! No sacrilege may be inscribed onto the ark!

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531922 - 11/21/12 10:45 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

The magic words must be inscribed onto the ark prior to its being presented to The High Priest of Repair. Can you say, "Primghar?"

"Primghar, Primghar, Primghar..."

The complete spell (for Google; you humans can read it below) is:

Larry Beach
Clear Edge Optical
215 Third Street Southeast
Primghar, Iowa 51245


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531934 - 11/21/12 10:48 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

The ark was then ready to be presented to the high priest.

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531938 - 11/21/12 10:50 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

A second ark was soon readied, to preserve for Margarita all the possessions necessary in the afterlife. The 10x50 finder from a C11 hopes to be fitted to Margarita in addition to the traditional 6x30, to grant her powers of discovery beyond those of ordinary mortal scopes.

Edited by Joe Cepleur (11/21/12 02:34 PM)


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531948 - 11/21/12 10:52 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

Some of Margarita's possessions are inscribed with magical words of their own. The high priest has been begged to restore to health whatever he can. (The corrosion ate away some of the castings and coatings.)

Edited by Joe Cepleur (11/21/12 02:28 PM)


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531952 - 11/21/12 10:54 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

The ark and arkette were then ready for passage into the netherworld. (The items in the arkette were packed in lots of crumpled newspaper. The objective was removed from the 10x50 finder and wrapped separately, for extra safety.)

Edited by Joe Cepleur (11/21/12 02:21 PM)


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531956 - 11/21/12 10:55 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

Dang! A few screws accidentally not packed into the arkette were sent to the high priest in an epistle.

Edited by Joe Cepleur (11/21/12 02:37 PM)


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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531965 - 11/21/12 10:57 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

Classic scopes artfully encased in arks *must* travel solely in cars appropriate to their era, lest the magical spell ensuring their safe return be broken.

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Re: Restoring a C8 After Purchase -- Update new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5531971 - 11/21/12 10:59 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

The high priest was correct in his suggestion that I'd save a fortune shipping via insured Parcel Post, not UPS or FedEx. $56.41 shipped the lot, which is dirt cheap compared with other services. Should travel the light years to the high priest in about a week.

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