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#1 Rider14

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 01:09 AM

Hey all - recently took possession of a classic C8. Old and in need of some TLC but functional. Sat unused in enclosed porch for 25 years or so.

I am handy, but don’t want to get in over my head. Can anyone recommend a shop in the Chicago area that can give this scope a tune up? Needs optics cleaned for sure, maybe some service to the focus mechanism (although it seems to be working fine).

Or is there a person that does this work that is recommended in the area? Would rather not ship it, as I don’t have an appropriate box or hard case to properly secure it.

Any suggestions appreciated. Will try to add some photos for good measure.

Thanks!

- Dan

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#2 Noah4x4

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 02:45 AM

This doesn’t assist in Chicago (sorry), but for the benefit of UK members seeking a similar service, I recommend Orion Optics UK based in Stoke on Trent.

 

They did a fantastic job servicing my OTA, including mirror cleaning, realigning corrector plate, collimating etc. They even replaced my Phillips collimating screws with superior Allen key bolts and applied felt trim to my dust cover so it fits tighter and won’t fall off during transport. OOUK manufacture high end carbon fibre OTAs, but will service any make of OTA. Prices are on their website. 
 

OOUK is the only independent firm I have found in the UK that offers this service. It would be useful if others might append other like firms to this tread in the UK or USA as I think they are probably rare.


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#3 jcj380

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 05:34 AM

Having a classic C8 sitting in storage, I’d be interested if you find anybody local.

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 07:25 AM

As of today, there are no more active shops in the Chicago area. However, I may be able to help you with your scope.


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#5 CHASLX200

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 09:06 AM

Easy to remove the corrector and clean it.



#6 Terra Nova

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:27 AM

Easy to remove the corrector and clean it.

True, I have pictures about how to do it and how to make a perfect tool to assist loosening and lifting it out. Check out March 2019 post here and you’ll find it.



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Posted 24 October 2020 - 10:32 AM

Check out the links in this post. You will find several that I found very helpful in getting started, plus my own:

 

https://www.cloudyni...n-c8/?p=9787000




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