Some of you may have followed the restoration progress of this build in the " What did you do to your Scope/Mount Today? " , thread . Some may have not . With spring around the corner this may be the last restoration of this winter season for me . With six restorations completed this Fall / Winter season , I'm starting to reach Restoration Burn Out , OR maybe Cabin Fever .
This restoration was the most fun and rewarding for me this winter . I bought this mount and parts for another incomplete smaller mount plus two telescopes from Mr. Raye Klopfenstien around August of 2015 . Raye told me at the time of the sale that all this homemade astronomy equipment was found in a old garage somewhere in Detroit , Michigan . The person that found this stuff then donated it to Raye . Mr. Klopfenstien was a teacher and his wife was a teacher also . Raye received some grant monies and ran a program known as , Project Inspire , in the Detroit MI. area , and then moved everything to his family farm in Bowling Green , Ohio . That is where I met Mr. Klopfenstien and bought the pieces from him . Raye used the scopes and mounts as displays in his Project Inspire program that taught youths the marvels of space and space exploration .
During this restoration , I found myself thinking back to the day I bought this equipment , and the fine gentleman , Mr. Raye Klopfenstien that sold it to me . How nice it would of been to show Raye pictures of the of the restored equipment . But alas Mr . Raye E. Klopfenstien Jr. passed away 7 / 19 / 17
So to honor Mr. Raye E. Klopfenstien ..... I dedicate this restoration to Raye and to the unknown machinist that created these fine examples of Classic ATM ......
Some before pictures , before the Debut