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Orion 90mm Burgundy Starblast refractor w/ AZ-3 mount & tripod

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#1 Piaget

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 12:53 AM

I got an Orion 90mm burgundy Starblast refractor with AZ-3 mount & tripod for $36 on GW 4 weeks ago. Thought the price was decent. Being retired , my scope budget is meager. Every exposed thread & bolt & screwhead were covered with rust.This scope must have been on a porch or in a barn & exposed to a lot of weather. Took 2 weeks with a wire brush & solvent to get the mount usable. The OBJ lens was completely fogged. Another week to remove the OBJ lens & separate the lenses & clean with vinegar , toothpaste & alcohol. Got it completely clear. I probably put more effort into this scope than it is worth. Now it provides me nice clear views & I am happy. A really nice Meade diagonal & meade 8-24 zoom EP helped a lot. Disassembled everything & lubed all too. Thanks piaget

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 03:04 AM

I remember seeing that telescope on the ShopGoodwill site and noticing how rusty and dusty everything was and thinking how much work it would take to bring it back to right.  I'm glad it found a good home. 

 

Congrats on the "new" scope.  Have you had it out under the stars yet?  Let us know how you like it.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 04:48 AM

I think you honored what the instrument itself represent by bringing it to life again.

 

Sometimes I've seen telescopes abandoned and make me feel really sad.

 

Don't forget to do a dew shield in order to enlarge the one already has the scope, the one already has the scope is ok for most night but when dew is very high is better to enlarge it.

 

Clear skies!

 

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#4 Piaget

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 12:47 PM

Stefano & Cook , Thanks for responding. I will look into a homemade dew shield extension & also be share viewing results.


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 12:15 AM

I was thinking of buying one from Orion, but they seemed to drop it from their catalog fairly quickly & go with another manufacturer.

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:34 AM

Nice job! 




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