Part 1 - (while it's too cold to paint outside)
- Clean the objective/finder lenses and do DPAC testing on them
- Work with a local machinist to fabricate the replacement drawtube (could be in brass or aluminum - I prefer brass)
- Determine the optimum method to remove dents from the OTA, then do it.
- Make two additional OTA baffles, and install them, in parallel with properly reinstalling the loose baffle. This will give the scope a four-baffle arrangement.
Once this is done, reassemble the scope for "first light" testing. Once complete:
- Strip the OTA, finder tube/rings, tube rings, focuser, and the mount/pier pieces to get them ready for repainting. Given Robert's experience in rebuilding his 4", this looks like a hand-sanding job, vice chemical stripping
- Determine what replacement hardware is needed and get it (again, could be either brass or aluminum)
Part 2 - (Late March/April - once it's consistently warm enough to paint outside)
- Prime all the above pieces (the scope originally had no primer)
- Paint (OTA - dark green; all other of the above pieces in black (finish TBD)). The finder rings are brass...will probably polish and clearcoat them.
- Refinish the tripod legs in the original color (dark reddish-brown); remove the casters (not original to the scope)
Reassemble, first light, and use!
Edited by John Higbee, 18 January 2019 - 03:03 AM.