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#126 shredder1656

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 04:47 AM

Happy birthday to me!  Been keeping my eyes open for a proper cap for my C80, but coming up dry.  Started going through the pantry and medicine cabinet last night.  After I was well-medicated and my belly was quite full, I started looking for a cap too.  wink.gif   Anyway, made a nice discovery on this mostly consumed canister of raisins.  Not sure I could have found a more perfect fit. 

 

Cobbled together a cap for the finder too, but it isn't as pretty.  Now I just need to get all of the paint chips and nicks fixed.  How careless are people to get these so scuffed and scraped?  foreheadslap.gif

 

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 07:49 PM

Just came across this thread, pretty interesting. I've checked a lot of different container lids but one that really works for me is a Pringles can lid. It fits real well on my SCOPE model 2553. It has a little wiggle room but it does the job. 

 

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 08:40 PM

Broken 1956 Unitron 142 dew cap replaced with Daisy sour cream lid from their 16 oz container.  Perfect fit.

 

Note that the expiry date indicates that I need to buy another telescope by mid-June.  Wonder how I will break that news to my wife?

 

Late breaking news:  a tech saavy friend has offered to 'print' me a new cap to match the old right down to the Unitron lettering.  Pays to have friends.

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#129 clamchip

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Posted 26 August 2020 - 06:12 PM

These Pyrex bowl lids are perfect for a 7 inch aluminum tube, your typical 6 inch 

Newtonian, in particular the Edmund white tube reflectors.

Unfortunately though the new ones don't fit as well, too big by about a porcupine

whisker. 

The old one is on the right and the new is on the left. The old one snaps on real

nice, the new one you will need to add a little piece of self-adhesive cork or rubber

to the inside of the rim.

Or check stores or ebay for the old style label.

Robert

 

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#130 ryanr256

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Posted 26 August 2020 - 06:50 PM

I discovered that the cap that holds the applicator for a can of Turtle Wax paste wax fits perfectly on an Edmund 4 inch f/15 (red tube) refractor:

 

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Posted 04 August 2022 - 11:19 PM

Celestron GP-C102 and as I type this I just thought Lloyd's BBQ sauce might be just the thing to keep

the mosquitoes busy so I can observe in peace !

Robert

 

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#132 barbie

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Posted 09 August 2022 - 08:55 PM

I usually print out star charts or Marvin The Martian character from the internet and then have them laminated and flock the inside. I'm going to do a "Marvin" one for my newly acquired AT80ED refractor whose been named "Marvin"!!


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