I am from Sydney CBD, Australia and have a recently purchased a used Skywatcher 150/750 reflector and EQ3 mount. Its a great honour to be apart of this forum and my interest in general star observation and astrophotography has led me to this forum. After viewing the recent lunar events, the positive experience led me to invest a little more into this hobby.
So I have taken every piece, screw, shim, washer etc of the telescope and mount apart to better understand its working, and to maintain the components.
Ive broken down the task whilst it is apart to:
1.) clean the primary mirror - I have demineralised water handy and will rinse it with soft detergent and going off various youtube vids.
2.) add internal baffles inside the OTA - Ive laser cut the internal rings out of 3mm mdf according to https://stellafane.o...b/newt-web.html
3.) flocking the internals - I will do the traditional method with flock and glue... yep, its going to be a challenge!
4.) greasing the worm gears and associated surfaces of the eq3 mount - seems relatively straight forward.
The gear/tools I have invested in or acquired:
- laser collimator (generic)
- celestron 8-24mm zoom
- Celestron 4mm, 10mm and 20mm EP and 3x barlow... exact types unknown but seem entry level.
I will add some photos for context at the next convenient opportunity.
The real question is; What else can I do to capitalise on whilst the telescope is all apart? especially the tube.
Thanks in advance.