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#3851 clamchip

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 09:18 AM

I wish I still had that bowling ball.

I found it at a antique mall, the Astroscan mount that is, the ball came with it, and I had no choice

but to buy both.

What in the world was I going to do with a bowling ball? I definitely had a use for the mount, I had

been using a dog food bowl up to that point.

You cannot use 'old' balls at the lanes. I thought about making a counterweight out of it, hillbilly yard

art, etc. in the end I gave it away.

I should have made a alt/az mounting out of it, I had it all worked out after it was gone.

You see, I thought I would take it on a field trip, like to Bed Bath and Beyond, and find a close fitting

spherical bowl going about half way up the ball. I would attach a mount head to the ball. Fill the bowl

with little self-adhesive Teflon dots. 

 

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#3852 Joe1950

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 09:35 AM

 

You cannot use 'old' balls at the lanes.

 

 

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I guess the game has changed since I frequented the area establishments.



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Posted 02 November 2018 - 11:05 AM

There's a approved ball list to see if a partickulure oldie can be used.

but look here! :                                                                                            

https://www.youtube....h?v=Z3NW3YR3w_s

 

And here, Neat!:

https://www.youtube....h?v=f5UQJUI6vKQ

 

Robert


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#3854 Joe1950

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 11:10 AM

Nice! I like the golden one!

Thanks Robert.



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Posted 02 November 2018 - 02:59 PM

Once Upon a Time we,

would cut holes in our heads to let the demon outblush.gif 

didn't have toilet paperfrown.gif 

used a thing called a phone booksmile.gif

tightened a steel set screw onto a counterweight shaftbigshock.gif  

​wow, those were the days weren't theytongue2.gif 

I like making these to replace those awful cupped tip set screwswaytogo.gif 

made from threaded brass rod with a wing-nut soldered to itlaugh.gif  

if you don't feel like soldering lock a plain nut up against the wing nutcool.gif

 

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#3856 Michael Covington

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 03:49 PM

A plain nut up against a wing nut, or a wing nut backed up to the head of a screw, and the whole thing secured with J-B Weld -- I have made hand screws that way a number of times for several different purposes.


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#3857 Bomber Bob

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:11 PM

My restored Ralph Dakin 4" F10 is back & ready for planet-killing:

 

Dakin 4 - Restore S03.jpg Dakin 4 - Restore S06.jpg

 

Got a name plate coming, and still gotta track down some odd-sized brass hardware, but the OTA is 100% done.  Got clear skies now, and hoping they hold for tonight.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:27 PM

My restored Ralph Dakin 4" F10 is back & ready for planet-killing:

 

attachicon.gif Dakin 4 - Restore S03.jpgattachicon.gif Dakin 4 - Restore S06.jpg

 

Got a name plate coming, and still gotta track down some odd-sized brass hardware, but the OTA is 100% done.  Got clear skies now, and hoping they hold for tonight.

Very nice....what mount is that, Takahashi from the 1990´s ?


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#3859 Bomber Bob

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 03:02 PM

The mount is a vintage Takahashi EM-1S.

 

This is gonna be a FUN rig with that excellent Lafayette (Yamamoto) 60x400 F7 for wid-ish field views.

 

** Is it just senile Ol' BB, or did that racing green make the Dakin look shorter??


Edited by Bomber Bob, 03 November 2018 - 03:04 PM.


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 03:14 PM

It looks shorter to me too! Looks short for an F10. Looks great. I love the color! Nice job.waytogo.gif


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 04:17 PM

I love the color! Nice job.

 

Thanks Terra!   JD does great work at a great price.  He said the original paint didn't want to let go!

 

For the new members:  The 60mm F7 Lafayette had the worst corrosion I've yet seen on a scope -- like it was left outside in salt air for years!  I had to wreck the dew shield to get it off (threads had "calcified" together!), so I have poor Sheldon keeping an eye out for a replacement.  But the lens is absolutely pristine.  The focuser accepts the Vixen 36mm to 1.25" thread-in adapter, so I have my 40 year old Tani prism diagonal in it, and I'm gonna start it out with that Meade RG 20mm Erfle.

 

I flocked both fracs from end to end, and it's very dark in there.  Got great expectations for them when the seeing is 7 or better.  The Dakin has already proven its performance:

 

Dakin 4 - Jupiter (Io Transit) 20170609V04AS21.jpg

 

 


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 05:11 PM

Beautiful job, JW! That color is very becoming. Enjoy!

 

 

(I often wonder if you or Robert, Clamchip, really know how many scopes you have! Nothing wrong with that, mind you. If you guys get bored with a scope, you can just go to the warehouse and pick out one that hasn't been used for a while and it would seem like a new arrival!

 

Both of you may have even refurbished your own scopes, forgetting it was yours to begin with!)

 

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I think it's great to love a hobby like that. And it keeps you out of the taverns!


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#3863 Bomber Bob

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 06:06 PM

And it keeps you out of the taverns!

 

My Dad (RIP) would say that makes it a dangerous hobby!


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 06:08 PM

He'd be correct, JW!


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Posted 03 November 2018 - 06:18 PM

I can second that. I was walking to work , one afternoon, eyes above the trees and working out that evening's planetary show. I tripped on a speedbump in the alley and landed flat on my hands and face...
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 06:56 PM

I went into the shop this morning and the CNC machines were all in use so the project I was going to work on was out.  Fortunately the small lathe was open.  I managed to knock out the Cell adapter for the Brandon 4" f15.  I got the focuser adapter done as well.  Now to figure out just how long the tube needs to be, cut it and try that puppy out!

 

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Posted 04 November 2018 - 01:05 PM

Lots of love for the economical Criterion RV-6 on the Ads thread.  A reminder of how time & a couple cans of Rustoleum make a big difference with this Classic:

 

RV6 - First Setup S03.jpg RV6 Rebuild S72 - Dust Cover Front.jpg

 

 


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Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:44 PM

Love the front cover    looks like a cookie jar lid

Very fine restore rustolium work

btw    the dankin color reminds of an old MGTD color



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Posted 04 November 2018 - 03:59 PM

the dankin color reminds of an old MGTD color

 

Thanks.  It's an English Racing Green hi-gloss powder coat.  I thought about Canary Yellow rather than black for the trim pieces...  tough to see & avoid a dark green scope at night!


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