Hi all. I am looking for ideas on how I might repair this telescope. The scope is an old Tasco 76.2mm x 1200mm. You all may have to forgive me, I know very little about telescopes and astronomy at this point but I’ve been interested lately partially due to the upcoming conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn etc as well as a general long standing interest. If I am misusing any component terminology please let me know.
This telescope belonged to grandfather. Although I don’t remember ever using this one I have fond memories of going to neighborhood star parties with him as a teenager. In more recent years the telescope sat in its original wooden case in my dad’s home office where one day he unintentionally discharged a pump shotgun towards the floor where the telescope box sat!
Besides the box the main damage to the scope is to the drawtube which to my understanding is for a coarse focusing. I am able to extend it about 2.6 inches before the damaged portion interferes. I’m wondering if I cut off the damaged section of tube will this be enough adjustment left to be able to use the scope? I guess this is my only option anyway unless I can replace the tube. The scope appears to be otherwise complete as far as I can tell.
I found this site through some searching which led me to a post on here where someone made a new tube from a chrome drain pipe although this was to be able to install a custom visual back in order to use larger eyepieces. I may attempt to go this route at some point if I have to but in order to use the eyepieces I have I will have to internally thread the pipe for the stock visual back or have a pressfit section of tube made either of which will probably require a lathe.
If anyone has any other ideas for available parts that might work I would appreciate it. Thank you.