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CLASSIC HOMEMADE TELESCOPE MOUNT RESTORATION PICTORIAL DEBUT

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#1 TOM KIEHL

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:47 PM

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 lol.gif .

 

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  frown.gif  

 

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 ......bow.gif waytogo.gif   

 

Some before pictures , before the Debut cool.gif

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:49 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:51 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:53 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:54 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:56 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:57 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:20 PM

The entire mount was disassembled and cleaned of aged grease that turned into TAR . Every brass screw or any brass , for that matter was polished with a cloth wheel and rouge on a bench grinder . Stripped and Repainted with semi gloss black enamel . Re lubed  and adjusted . Fabricated motor mounts and re wired . Made and finished a wood display base .  The mount is fully functional and keeps perfect TIME .

 

Any Questions ? ...... Please ask question.gif

 

Now the AFTER  pictures , and the Pictorial Debut .....

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:23 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:41 PM

The first and second  picture is the scope I kept , on a Tom Dobbins Instruments  mount . 

 

The third  picture is of the smaller scope I sold to Clay ( TSSclay ) ...... What a fine job Clay did with his scope restoration bow.gif waytogo.gif

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:49 PM

Your work is absolutely stunning and a tribute to the original fabricator.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:01 PM

Wow,gorgeous, thanks for the pics!

I wonder if there would ever be a chance of figuring out who made it.
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:18 PM

Wow,gorgeous, thanks for the pics!

I wonder if there would ever be a chance of figuring out who made it.

Thank you , glad you like it .....   IF and I said.... IF.... There is a remote CHANCE of figuring out who made it . I would love to know . The man OR woman that made it was a true " Old World " craftsperson ....  I can vouch for that , I seen the craftsmanship up close and personal first hand ....bow.gif waytogo.gif 


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:25 PM

To think , I almost sold this unrestored GEM at the Stellafane swap tables two years ago ...Glad It did not sell now coolnod.gif ubetcha.gif


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:05 AM

Is that mount motor a Bodine?  Label? Might be dated if so.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:18 AM

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TOM!!!  I knew you could do just about anything to bring astro equipment back to life, but WOW!!!  I did not realize you could "tell the future"!!! lol.gif  ( I edited this, because the pic of the inscription and date did not display on my post.  :))

 

Seriously, that project turned out beautifully.  Once again, bow.gif bow.gif bow.gif !!!


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:05 AM

waytogo.gif FANTASTIC JOB!

You made it a piece of art. Whoever originally built it, you've done them proud.

 

Now I feel like a complete looser fiddling with my feeble little repairsbawling.gif 

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:10 AM

Simply beautiful!


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:22 AM

Is that mount motor a Bodine?  Label? Might be dated if so.

No it isn't Neil ..... It's a , CYCLOHM motor corp.   SWC2510-5  Div. Howard , Ind    Racine , Wis . USA ....... Wish it had a date but none has popped up anywhere .  Believe me , I had this thing down to bare metal and pieces parts looking . Lots of match up stampings and I can tell you this much , the Original builder used Dykem RED layout dye . waytogo.gif



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:33 AM

TOM!!!  I knew you could do just about anything to bring astro equipment back to life, but WOW!!!  I did not realize you could "tell the future"!!! lol.gif  ( I edited this, because the pic of the inscription and date did not display on my post.  smile.gif)

 

Seriously, that project turned out beautifully.  Once again, bow.gif bow.gif bow.gif !!!

lol.gif Thanks Scott lol.gif ....... You Noticed !.... I did that on purpose .... It's a Valentine'sheart.pngGift to myself flirt.gif bigblush.gif flowerred.gif 

 

What a Sweetheart !  heart.png



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:54 AM

waytogo.gif FANTASTIC JOB!

You made it a piece of art. Whoever originally built it, you've done them proud.

 

Now I feel like a complete looser fiddling with my feeble little repairsbawling.gif

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frown.gif Chris frown.gif ....... This post broke my heart when I read it .... " Now I feel like a complete looser fiddling with my feeble little repairs " ......That was not the intent but more the inspiration . You are hardly a " looser "  ohlord.gif   when it comes to your repairs . Be it " Feeble little repairs " or Major Undertakings ,  we all must try to do our own part to preserve the history that has come before us .

 

You're my brother from another mother ! waytogo.gif..... Thanks Chris


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:12 AM

Your work is absolutely stunning and a tribute to the original fabricator.

Thank you Steve ,..... A " tribute " was my intent .  waytogo.gif



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:28 AM

Outstanding work.  Very nice.

 

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:33 AM

Outstanding!




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