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#1 clintwhitman

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 12:34 AM

Hello all well I have been going at it and have made some progress. Just picked up a really clean 1950s 114 with a unihex I will post some pics this week when it comes. As far as the 152 I am waiting on the eyepieces shelf, Unihex, and a new objective due to a quality problem with the one sent with the scope. Lucky I am dealing with a really good guy on the other end. I have learned one thing. That objectives are like mirrors just because it is unitron or a Cave means your chances are better that the optics are good but they can still be bad. :tonofbricks:

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 12:42 AM

I know the guide rings are not unitron,Mitzars I think, but they will work unit God drops some 60mm unitrons out of the sky. God droped five 4" rings and a uni-balance from a 2.4 the other day. I need to make a longer unibalance rod but it works really good for now!

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:00 AM

Looking sehr gut!

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:54 AM

Thanks Keith its been a labor of love! The scope was a junker. About have the mount detailed and finished just a couple of touchups left. Where are you in Oregano I graduated Cave Junction High 1977 and I was on my own up there for 3 years at age 16 17 18

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 07:56 AM

Hi Clint!

Yup, you are progressing rather well on this project! As for the rod, mine is 17 inches long. I remember someone telling me on the Yahoo groups that his was 17" so I made mine that length too.

It is fun seeing the progress at work here!

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 12:39 PM

Clint, Looks like you re-finished the tripod legs. May
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#7 clintwhitman

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 09:02 PM

The legs were beat But they are old school soild old growth mahogany And they are the folding legs from a Alt Az but they are 1000 time better built then the newer modle legs from a 152 mount. I have a set of new 152s in the box and already sold them. The old legs were sanded down stained with hand applied teak stain rubbed steelwooled and 4 coats of spare varnish Same as my father inlaws boats. What i have found is if you nick or scratch them you just wool it and touch it with spray spare varnish.

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Posted 07 May 2007 - 09:05 PM

So easy a caveman rubbed the hair off his hands to do it!
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Posted 07 May 2007 - 09:09 PM

Very sweet! Did you also resto the pointed tips and leg hardware?

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:09 AM

I know I love aluminum finish I clear coated the clamps one day i will paint them black Hey I did paint the tips!

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 02:16 AM

That sure is purdy Clint. Nice job!

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 07:23 PM

Clint,
That's one special telescope.I can only imagine the satification you must get when you work hard and get great results like you have here. :waytogo:
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Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:34 PM

Thanks Bruce it is alot of work I really like the total price of in cash $1800 the scope and materials Plus $2500 in labor and it aint done yet!!! Clint

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 10:36 PM

Thats $300 less including shipping than the 3" just sold for on E-bay but it had some really cool dodads


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