I have a bent axle on my RAO 76/1200 (see pic below). I've tried straightening it in a vice and it's a bit better but it's not right. As you turn the wheels it alternates between smooth and stiff. When it's stiff it's shifting the diagonal slightly and moving the image to one side and it becomes very blurry. Am I making sense? It's difficult to get focus although I managed OK on Mars the other night.
The original owner can't remember what happened to the scope originally but it's received a hell of a whack at some point.
So...options....should I persist in trying to straighten the axle and hope I don't break it or maybe replace the entire focuser? I know replacement may be sacrilege as it contains the maker details and SN but what do I do? Has anyone got a spare axle? The original focuser was amended back in the day to make it accept 1.25" ep's (from .965) and it does feel a bit loose so it's not exactly a pristine original.
I've looked online for a solution but options seem limited (or non-existent AFAICT)
Would welcome anyones thoughts.