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Restoring a classic 6" f15 Goto refractor

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:20 AM

The same scopes plus the cleaned up main objective and three focusers in the background

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:20 AM

Great thread and great work on a wonderful telescope. Those lucky kids!

I will certainly second that!  You and your team are to be highly commended for this effort, Mike!  Hope you have some "first light" photos at the end of this!!!

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:24 AM

Myself and my partner in crime in the background. Looks like were cleaning up the front of the main tube.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:26 AM

Another shot from the warm room, looks like all the accessory scopes and the main obj. are ready for re-assembly. Except of course the plate camera.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:30 AM

Here I'm tapping out the holes for the dew shield and generally getting ready to re-assemble this beast!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:33 AM

Here the RA and Dec, probably a couple counterweights, the main objective and dew shield are re-assembled. Also the sliding counterweight is mounted on the main tube.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:39 AM

It's starting to come together!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:41 AM

Here's a series of photos showing the control rods, clamps, gears, etc.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:42 AM

Tangent arm.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:43 AM

RA clutch lock.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:44 AM

Another view of the RA clutch lock.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:45 AM

Declination lock.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:46 AM

It's amazing to hear that a school ... especially a high school ... would budget the money to restore a telescope. It must be well-heeled school district!

 

It looks like a great restoration job ... congrats!


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:47 AM

The control knobs and their locations.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:49 AM

It's amazing to hear that a school ... especially a high school ... would budget the money to restore a telescope. It must be well-heeled school district!

 

It looks like a great restoration job ... congrats!

This is actually one of two twin 6" Goto refractors, the other is at Foran H/S in Ct. , I also worked on that scopes dome that would no longer open. Maybe I'll show some photos after this.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:52 AM

The finished product! The photos a little fuzzy.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:53 AM

The back end of the finished scope. Pretty busy back there, and it's missing the plate camera!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:55 AM

 

It's amazing to hear that a school ... especially a high school ... would budget the money to restore a telescope. It must be well-heeled school district!

 

It looks like a great restoration job ... congrats!

This is actually one of two twin 6" Goto refractors, the other is at Foran H/S in Ct. , I also worked on that scopes dome that would no longer open. Maybe I'll show some photos after this.

 

OMG!  Mike, you need to discuss some background, i.e., your connection with these schools in CT, when you get a chance. Thanks!

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:55 AM

Another shot of the back.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:56 AM

The back end of the finished scope. Pretty busy back there, and it's missing the plate camera!

Love to see the working end of a large refractor...all dressed up!!!!!

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:57 AM

A happy Astronomy teacher!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:58 AM

Still happy!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:00 AM

Last photo of me, I promise! I hope you enjoyed the journey!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:01 AM

So, was that photo taken at an observing session?  First light report?!

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:10 AM

So, was that photo taken at an observing session?  First light report?!

 

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No that photo was taken the day we finished and we had poor winter weather. My buddy Bob Carruthers was able to go back and first light he said was amazing! Of course in the middle of Bridgeport there is quite the light dome but all the bright objects were looked at. Bob said the optics were exceptional. I lived a walking distance from it's sister scope at Foran H/S in Milford Ct. and observed through that one many times


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