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#3001 TOM KIEHL

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 10:56 PM

In't she cute she's a Dollikin from the 1950's I like her pink poodle skirt.

 

Robert

What's Ms. Dollikin first name ?  I can't believe the wife let's you play with her dolls lol.gif  Maybe Cheryl like's to have her dolls employed in your telescope work shop . lol.gif  



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:18 AM

In't she cute she's a Dollikin from the 1950's I like her pink poodle skirt.

 

Robert

I like the Morris Chair she is sitting on..... Very Nice!

 

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:39 AM

Nice telescopes, nice dolls, nice furniture, a nice lathe, too! 

Robert's an all-around nice guy!


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 09:14 AM

This Dollikin is polishing a lens for me, but she needs a break, hard work.

Thay don't make dolls like this anymore, look at that face, cute, cute, cute!

Robert

 

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Dollikin says, "Does this lens make my butt look big?"

 

(sorry, couldn't resist)


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 10:00 AM

 

In't she cute she's a Dollikin from the 1950's I like her pink poodle skirt.

 

Robert

What's Ms. Dollikin first name ?  I can't believe the wife let's you play with her dolls lol.gif  Maybe Cheryl like's to have her dolls employed in your telescope work shop . lol.gif  

 

The dolls are all around me up in my workshop, in the other room though.  All of them are so cute you

just can't help playing with them. I can't take them outside, I did that once, I took Teddy outside and got

myself in trouble.

Three telescope related things have gotten me in fairly serious trouble:

Baking wrinkle paint in the oven.

Taking product lids for lens caps before the container is empty.

Playing with Teddy outdoors with his buttocks on my dirty ladder so

he could look through my 10 inch newt.

 

Robert


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 02:33 PM

This Dollikin is polishing a lens for me, but she needs a break, hard work.

Thay don't make dolls like this anymore, look at that face, cute, cute, cute!

Robert

 

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I LOVE her shoes!!! :love:


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 03:42 PM

Here's an incredible piece O' luck my fellow cadets!

This excellent Meade focuser found on many of our classics because Meade sold

these aftermarket and I think these were on the really nice classic Meade newts too.

Mine has some missing teeth on the pinion, and there ain't a whole lot I can pull out of

my magic hat to fix that!

Well, I have this very unsatisfactory plastic focuser I removed from a DS-90 years ago

and unbelievably the pinion fits in the classic oldie! 

And if you need one here you go for 5 bucks:

https://www.ebay.com...=item5429c32fa8

Also I forgot to say I tried something different today. For a smooth focus I used candle

wax inside the focuser body. I just rubbed the butt of the candle around inside the casting

and the chrome focuser tube rides on it. It doesn't attract grit like a grease, and much

smoother than running with it dry.

Robert

 

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#3008 roscoe

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Posted 21 October 2017 - 05:29 PM

Wax is a regular lubricant in my shop....just be sure to use parafin-type wax, not real bee's-wax, which stays sticky.  Wax is great for focusers and threaded things that want to move freely, and it is also perfect for making  drawers slide easily.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:51 AM

I've done the candle wax thing too! My dad tought me a long time ago to always keep an old white candle on the work bench.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:53 AM

PS! It's good on a sticking handsaw blade as well.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 07:06 PM

PS! It's good on a sticking handsaw blade as well.

 Bar of soap, in a pinch.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 07:13 PM

For the solar eclipse, I had a small imaging rig set-up, but I used my Unitron 105 to keep a watch on it visually.  A Lunt 1.25" wedge was used, with a Unitron 1.25" drawtube.  Worked very well, it's a sharp little scope and in perfect condition.

 

Today I pulled it out to clean-off the dirt from the tripod spikes.  Just a bit that I didn't get brushed-off while breaking down the setup after the eclipse.  It brought back many memories of that day, and that two minutes especially.

 

I left the dirt on, put it back in the box.

 

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 07:45 PM

Today I built a wood base from plywood and 2x6 20"x 20" to set my

Star-Liner 12.5 newt optical tube on vertically.

It looks just like a water heater! it looks like I have hot water in my shop!

what a luxury! This is how it will be stored while not in use, but its got to be easily

deployed to the yard and to put away, in a ready state.

I have about 6 layers of paper towel between the scope and the wood base to form

a gasket, to keep bugs and dust out of my telescope!

I think I almost have a good plan now on the actual use of this big scope.

Assembled its not going to fit through the door.

So now I can roll the mount out , point to Polaris and level the mount, open the

cradle, go in and lift the OTA up a few inches and transition the tube from verticle

to horizontal as it goes into the cradle. 

The mount is all assembled and now I've started on the telescope. It won't be

much longer now.

 

Robert 


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:45 PM

Today I built a wood base from plywood and 2x6 20"x 20" to set my

Star-Liner 12.5 newt optical tube on vertically.

It looks just like a water heater! it looks like I have hot water in my shop!

what a luxury! This is how it will be stored while not in use, but its got to be easily

deployed to the yard and to put away, in a ready state.

I have about 6 layers of paper towel between the scope and the wood base to form

a gasket, to keep bugs and dust out of my telescope!

I think I almost have a good plan now on the actual use of this big scope.

Assembled its not going to fit through the door.

So now I can roll the mount out , point to Polaris and level the mount, open the

cradle, go in and lift the OTA up a few inches and transition the tube from verticle

to horizontal as it goes into the cradle. 

The mount is all assembled and now I've started on the telescope. It won't be

much longer now.

 

Robert 

 

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:08 AM

I can't do it like that I wish I could. It won't fit through my door.

Actually the more I look at your photo, maybe I can.

In that particular position I just might be able to slip it through.

 

Robert



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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:25 AM

Tom love the pachinko game.  I have a few of those on the wall as well.  Back in the day I was collecting and rebuilding pinball machines, got a couple pachinkos in trade. That scope is a beast.  Bet it puts up some awesome views.



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 01:06 PM

My flocking material arrived, and I stopped by Home Depot last night. Purchased a 20 ga. 12 inch pipe that was threaded at both ends. When I got home I used my handy dandy pipe cutter and removed the threads. I measured the inside diameter of the tube and multiplied by pi which gave me 3.74". Using a paper cutter I cut the leading edge of my flocking to ensure a straight, smooth edge; measured and marked and made my second cut. The strip fit quite well but was about an inch too long. Trimmed it down and the difference inside is dramatic.

 

 

Now I'm just waiting for the VB to arrive...  watching.gif


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 02:37 PM

Flocking small parts is a pain isn't it lol?


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 05:12 PM

I can hardly wait to get started on the f/15 tube!
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Posted 24 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

I can hardly wait to get started on the f/15 tube!

If the tube has baffles, you might be able to get by with just flocking from the baffle to the objective.  Light really shouldn't get by that first baffle.  If you have two, so much the better.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 05:48 PM

I installed a Polemaster camera, and three knobs to locate the mount on my new G-11 (with PMC-Eight). The machining quality of the camera body and adaptors is worth of the Losmandy and the red colour is a suitable complement. My ES 127-FCD100 is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the clear skies will take at least another week...

 

David


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 06:25 PM

I spent an hour and a half at my friends machine shop this afternoon and got a little quality time on the Bridgeport mill. I finally got my new 36” tall aluminum pier made for my 5/8”shaft Edmund GEM. Drilled and tappped the base for 5/16”-18 Allen-head bolts placed inside to outside to attach the Edmund pier feet with washers and wingnuts. Opened up the holes in the backs of the pier feet from 1/4”to 5/16” to accommodate the larger fasteners. I also dimpled the top of the pier for the three captive screws in the pier cap.  The pier is a beautiful piece 3 foot length of 6061-T6 AC grade 3” O.D. aluminum tubing with 0.375” thick walls so it is very heavy and stable. Will get it set up tomorrow for pictures. 


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:10 AM

Took my C8 secondary off today, and in to L&L for recoating.  

Oddly enough, my primary looks like brand new, yet the secondary looks like this these days.

 

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L&L did the coatings on the C8 mirrors when they were still made here in California - I think it is in good hands.

 

 


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 07:09 PM

Got my mirror back today from L&L.  Looks much better!

 

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Got it all back together and did a rough alignment by eyeball.  Waiting for darkness to to final collimation and she how she purrs again.


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 08:05 PM

Last time I put the Lafayette Galactic's lens in the DPAC, I noticed that a spacer had slipped.  When I took it apart today, the spacer fell out.  Worse yet, the two elements had shifted in the cell, and the alignment was about 6mm off.  Like the Goto, the retaining ring will rotate the flint -- I didn't realize that back when I got the scope and gave it a first cleaning.  I fixed all that:  Glued the spacer down, aligned the two elements (Royal used red & blue pencil lines), then taped the edges.  I'll check it again the next time I have the DPAC rig set up.


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