Restoring and Repainting Classic Telescopes
Posted 14 August 2009 - 04:22 PM
Did you build your own shelves for your trains? Great collection. I have a bunch of "N" scales but no photos.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 09:13 PM
Posted 23 December 2009 - 02:23 PM
Posted 23 December 2009 - 06:59 PM
Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:41 PM
Dave......Don't just yak about it.....show some pictures!! :smirk:Mike
I'm going to Mikey ! ...As soon as I can find the cord to the camera & upload 'em , I'll put 'em on .
I'll need some help trying to nail down the year of production . I'm guessing 1955 vintage .
Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:47 PM
Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:09 PM
Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:12 PM
Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:41 PM
Dave.....About all I can say is man I sure wish I had a fireplace like you you lucky dog. :smirk:Oh yeah the telescope nearly forgot. I've always been partial towards crinkle finishes even tho' only my Selsi has it but then again it's not a mid fifties scope. One of these days I'll be fortunate like you and others who get a hold of an old scope. You did a great job. It's quite an undertaking isn't it? Sometimes it may not feel like it because of the labor of love involved. :grin:Mike
Actually Mike , it wasn't in bad shape at all . The tubes really needed a paint job (lots of scratches) & the dec. shaft was frozen solid , but a little silicon spray lube into the right spots & some working it back & forth took care of that . Now it spins nice & smooth all the way around . Luckily there were no dents in the tube , so sanding & re finishing is all there was to it . I had to drill out a messed up screw holding on the finder bracket , but that was no big deal . After the re paint , I replaced all the screws with new ones from Ace Hardware . Just need to take the old ones down to match the threads . I disassembled the wooden legs (I believe they are Ash) , sanded them down & used a can of clear gloss enamel I had laying around the garage & did some trim re finishing with bumper & trim paint also already in the garage . The optics are amazing on this little 60mm . I got great Jupiter detail the other night with a shadow transit & Red Spot transit together . Great cloud banding , & Lunar detail was outstanding . I forget that I'm viewing through a smaller scope . I pushed Luna up to 284x without the image breaking up ! I'm stoked with this thing !
I paid 31 bucks for it on the Bay & with the 35 bucks I have in shipping costs , plus 5 bucks for the Rustolium Appliance paint , I'm at a grand total of 71 bucks ! Not bad IMO .
I can't believe nobody outbid me on this . When I saw it , it was at 30 bucks , so I figured , what the heck , I'll bid 31 ! Three days later , I watched the auction close with my finger on the trigger & to my surprise , it closed at 31 dollars !
It didn't come with a box or any oculars or even a diagonal , but I still feel I got a great deal . The primary is flawless !
Posted 01 February 2010 - 01:38 PM
Posted 21 May 2010 - 06:21 AM
Its black currently ,but with lots of scratches, from me trying to mount a 60mm finder.
Posted 21 May 2010 - 09:41 AM
Posted 21 May 2010 - 03:50 PM
Whadaya think try to make it white and go for the Unitron look?
Posted 21 May 2010 - 07:47 PM
Posted 23 May 2010 - 07:22 AM
The cans said 8 hours cure time, but Ive heard people say as long a week???
Posted 23 May 2010 - 10:27 AM