Edmunds are like onions...
Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:09 AM
My newly acquired red-tube 4.5" f/10 is in dire need of a new paint job, with serious scratches that have the red paint peeling away from them. Starting with the finder, I decided to just sand down the paint/feather the edge because I didn't want to strip the whole main tube, and this would be a good test as to whether I could get away with just blending in the biggest scratches. As I sanded the red, it gave way to grey primer, that gave way to a layer of white, that gave way to a layer of black, with the steel underneath!
Five layers of paint for a 4.5" scope? I don't think so. The foil Edmund sticker is intact on top, and has never been masked off, so I doubt that these top layers of paint were applied by a consumer who wanted to "modernize" an older era Edmund. It appears to me that Edmund itself had surplus white-tubes around when the red-tubes came out, and simply painted over them in order to complete orders.
Additionally, my finder brackets for this scope had a strange "crinkled" texture to them, which is unlike any of the beige parts on the mount OR any of the beige parts on my 8" f/5. I've heard that the older white tubes have black brackets with this texture (and there's black paint underneath), so I'm assuming the beige paint on these brackets appears to be a cover job as well.
The finder and the mount are in fine condition, so I wont be excavating their paint, but they appear to be newer and not painted over.
On an unrelated note, my 8" f/5 restoration project is almost complete, so there will be pictures posted soon. Both of these scopes should see first light tonight (excited about both as well) . - j
Posted 03 September 2006 - 12:31 PM
That is an interesting bit of history about the Edmund scopes. Perhaps someone at Edmund could tell you if your hypothesis is correct.
I bet the scope is pretty good optically.
Good luck and clear skies.
Posted 03 September 2006 - 10:01 PM