Sorry I have not posted lately, everyone. Between Thanksgiving, Xmas prep, work, and family, there has been no time to work on the scope (also count going out with he club observing Thursday and Friday night--going to rain here later tonight in Florida). I decided on not leaving the original speckle paint because I really just didn't like the pattern and how it has faded, so I got a Rustoleum "soft iron" which I think has some light speckling in it at least (like the Zolatone mentioned here). I've used the hammered metal look in the past, which is quite tough, but I wanted something much smoother. I tested on the legs with some fine metal sandpaper and a quick spray. And at any point please feel free to give tips in case I miss something. I'm used to working with wood, so my metal knowledge is quite limited.
I'm inspecting all the connections, and the motor cover will need to be drilled and retapped because 2 out of the 3 screws are broken off. Also, 2 of the 3 screws that hold the mount to the pier are rusted shut. I got the spray for loosing rusted screws, so I'll try that on them and the really large altitude bolt.
I've attached photos of the motor. I'm thinking of just replacing the power cable and see if it works. They look good, I think. What would be beneficial to do to the gears? Anything?
Edited by Guy Earle, 08 December 2018 - 07:27 PM.