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Mirzam
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5926175 - 06/17/13 07:18 PM

Justin-Your RV-6 is looking good. I bought mine in 1968 and still use it. One thing, make sure your mirror clips do not hold the mirror too tightly. The mirror should actually be free to move in the cell. (Clips positioned a tiny bit above the mirror surface). Tight clips can cause astigmatism in your otherwise very nice mirror.

I also had a lot of trouble getting my secondary mirror collimated until I added a spring on the center bolt to provide tension/compression. Maybe the RV's came with springs originally, but mine did not have one. The spring goes between the secondary holder and the disk that has the tilt adjustment screws.

JimC


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youngamateur42
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5926177 - 06/17/13 07:19 PM

speaking of that, I had a great collimation the other day, and as the night progressed, the collimation for the secondary slowly came undone. Good thing I have one extra spring left! thanks for the advice!

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Mike B
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5926180 - 06/17/13 07:20 PM

Yes, outstanding job! Now all that remains is be out standing, using it under the stars!

The RV-6 was my dreamscope when your age- but nothing quite like it was realized until well into my next decade... so by my middle-aged reckoning, you're waay ahead of the curve!... and in a whole buncha ways, too.


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youngamateur42
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: Mike B]
      #5926186 - 06/17/13 07:24 PM

Mike,

I had first light last night... or this morning, I've been up for over 30 hours and still awake.. amazing viewing session. I saw so many new things, I have a post on it in general astronomy forum if you want to take a look


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Nave
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5926196 - 06/17/13 07:31 PM

Bravo!
Bravo!
Bravo!


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GalaxyCollide
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: Nave]
      #5926211 - 06/17/13 07:39 PM

Believe or not, I am 14 too. Young astronomer here
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.

Andrew


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youngamateur42
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: GalaxyCollide]
      #5926232 - 06/17/13 07:49 PM

Hi Andrew, glad to know I'm not the only young guy here on CN. So your looking for a Cave huh? Well.. Aren't we all? Haha they're great scopes and my grandpa was good friends with thomas cave back in the 50s and 60s, great guy. Good luck hunting for your cave, hope you've got deep pockets

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Ed D
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5926268 - 06/17/13 08:16 PM

WOOOW, I'm glad I was sitting down when I came across your post. You have done a fantastic job with that scope. A 6" f/8 is a very capable instrument that can last you a lifetime, and the motor driven GEM is super for tracking planets and other high magnification targets. ENJOY!

Ed D


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turk123
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5926287 - 06/17/13 08:29 PM

Very very nice job my friend. It is fun to tackle a difficult job and to finish it with the results you have. You should be proud. Only think left to say is . . . so what will be your next scope???

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Dave M
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5926307 - 06/17/13 08:38 PM

Excellent!! job on the RV-6

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bremms
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: turk123]
      #5926313 - 06/17/13 08:41 PM

Very nice. It was my first serious scope when I was about your age. I had so much fun with that scope. Still have the mirrors, tube got badly damaged in our barn and was replaced with aluminum. Gave the mount to a friend that was building a scope.
Superbly capable instrument. Nice job


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BigC
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5927420 - 06/18/13 12:23 PM

Excellent!

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Bonco
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: BigC]
      #5927863 - 06/18/13 04:19 PM

Excellent posts showing us your restoration. Looks great and as others have said the RV6 has tremendous viewing capabilities. Congratulations on a worthy project.
Bill


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amicus sidera
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5927909 - 06/18/13 04:47 PM

You've done an exceptional job restoring that RV-6, Justin; with that kind of attitude and "can-do" spirit you'll go far in life! One word of advice: no matter what the future brings, hold on to that scope... even if in days to come you have to store it away for a time due to other commitments, or because you feel you'll never be interested in it again. This instrument, and your restoration of it, is a waypoint in your young life; when you are older, it will provide you with many opportunities for happy reflections (no pun intended).

I wish you many pleasant hours at the eyepiece of your new-yet-old instrument, Justin, and a lifetime full of clear, starry nights!

Fred


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.


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rdandrea
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5927938 - 06/18/13 05:03 PM

What Fred said!

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AstroTatDad
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Re: Joining the Ranks... [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5927962 - 06/18/13 05:19 PM

very fine job, way too go. I feel old now lol. I was born in 71

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bunyon
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: AstroTatDad]
      #5927992 - 06/18/13 05:43 PM

I'll echo what Fred says. My first scope was a new C8 when I was 13. It was new so I didn't have to do the (beautiful) work you've done. But that c8 has now been with me for 30 years and travelled the country. There is simply nothing like your first scope. Congratulations and well done.

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yonkrz
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5928070 - 06/18/13 06:49 PM

Very nice job.

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youngamateur42
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: yonkrz]
      #5928095 - 06/18/13 07:01 PM

no plans of ever gettin' rid of this scope, no way!

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Joining the Ranks... new [Re: youngamateur42]
      #5928254 - 06/18/13 08:56 PM

Quote:

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






Justin:

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.

Jon



Edited by Jon Isaacs (06/18/13 09:21 PM)


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