So, I have 2 questions for ES AR102 owners. Well the first is for AR102 owners. The second is for those with experience handling and installing flocking material in a 4 inch refractor OTA and drawtube.
I have had my ES AR102 for a few years now. I would like to flock the OTA and focuser tube to tease a bit more contrast out of it. For the 3 years I have had it I have never had a need to take a single tool to the OTA at all. I did make an aluminum bracket for my Telrad to attach onto the OTA's cradle assembly because a Telrad is too long to fit on the scope anywhere. Plus I wanted to have a Telrad and RACI finder on the scope simultaneously, but never touched the OTA with a tool.
Anyway, I would like to flock the tube and my focuser drawtube at some point soon when I can find the extra few dollars to get some of the flocking material from either Edmonds or ProtoStar. Ideally I don't want to use any flocking that has adhesive on it. I have read that sometimes you can just roll the paper and install it without any adhesive and it will hold its shape with no problems. That's ideal but I understand if I my need to use adhesive backed paper, or spray glue.
Has anyone that owns an Explore Scientific AR102 (achro not an apo, I don't know if there is a difference in the lens cell design but I would think that there is) flocked their OTA and drawtube tube? If so, how do you go about taking out the lens cell as one assemble without messing with or messing up collimation? Is that even possible to do, or will it need re-collimaton? I've had the dew shield off and I see 3 small hex head grub screws I think there may be 1 more under the plastic dew shield mount. I wont touch anything until I know for sure what everything (each screw, nut, bolt...etc) does. I know the cell is a "push pull cell" and I understand the basics of how it works to collimate the scope. I never had a cell like this out of a scope. I can't find any info online about the Explore Scientific AR lens cell removal/installation procedure to read or watch so any experienced folks advice is appreciated. If you know of or have any schematics or exploded views of the cell of a AR102 that would be great.Any info on how to remove and reinstall the cell is great.
I'm not going to do this immediately. First I need some extra funds to get some flocking paper. Before flocking I want to have a solid understanding of how the lens cell is to be taken out and put back in, each and every piece of it. The order of parts removal, what each part does. I know that these cells are relatively simple, it's just that this is my only working scope and I don't want to mess with it until I feel confident enough that I can get myself out of a worst case scenario.
I know I made this post longer than it need to be. I want to get the most out of my scope as I can. Besides it won't hurt to know how the cell works. Please lets not debate to flock or not to flock. Or what flocking is better that the other. I'm simply looking for some guidance from those with hands on experience so I can get the maximum out of my scope until I can someday afford to get a better scope and mount.
Thanks In advance.