A few months ago a friend called me and asked me if I was interested in taking an old scope to restore. The scopes owner had passed away several years ago and the scope has been stored in a barn ever since. He was pretty sure it was a Cave, it was really big, and it was free. With all of that, how could I say no.
Between all of our busy schedules it has taken this long to arrange a pick up date. Today it was raining all day here in Indy, but that was not going to derail the plan again. I rented a cargo trailer from U-Haul to do the job. For only $14.95 a day it was a no-brainer. It made the job so much easier.
I was not even positive what size it was until I got up there today. It is a 12.5" f/6, but there are some very puzzling things about it. The owner originally thought it was made in the early 1960's, but the first picture of it I got told me it was much later. It has a 6" pier pipe and legs that are identical to my Meade 1060 RG. The tube is a 14" fiberglass tube instead of the normal 15". There are shims in between the rings and the tube. Lots of extra holes in the OTA where other things were mounted, moved, and removed. I am fairly certain that the tube has been moved downward in the cage. The tube has a seam showing and has some very bad uneven spots toward the center.
The tangent arm is missing parts, but I really don't know what is missing and what it looked like originally. I do not believe the knobs are original either.
Guide scope rings missing. The guide scope I got is a 60 mm with no tags.
The finder is a Japanese product and I think the rings are original Cave rings.
The mount is not in terrible shape. I have not opened the motor box yet. I do believe it may have the original paint. I can see no other layer on it where it is peeling. It is a very dark gray with a hammered texture.
I was sweating over what the mirror was going to be. First thing I noticed is that the glass has a dark amber color to it. I have never had a mirror like this. What is up with that? Upon pulling the mirror I was elated to find it inscribed. Now for the money shot!