Excellent! Wow Zane, I’m flabbergasted!
Same here! When I saw this thread title, I thought, Zane's making a funny! (Like those GW Auction Ads, where they'll call a Towa a Unitron because it has a Uni eyepiece with it.)
Yeah... why remove the BAFFLES? (Not like they'd make this behemoth that much lighter!)
Gonna take one Hefty hefty hefty EQ... since it's been modified already, maybe convert it to a folded refractor??
I'm wondering if the 1.75" shaft Starfinder GEM could hold it if I made some legs. Barring that, Berry style altaz. I can't afford anything else. Regardless, it basically can't leave my house. Getting it home was an interesting experience.
As of right now, I basically have 3 options once I repaint the tube, clean everything, and make some new baffles. I've already figured out how I'm going to do the baffles.
- Truck or otherwise ship the empty OTA to Arizona and get a place with a big enough garage and decent enough skies at home that I can roll it outside (would be nice, but I'm not banking on it)
- Same as #1 but find someone in Arizona willing to help me with housing it
- Restore it all here in CT and find a home for it locally, which I really don't want to do because I would rarely see it.
I want to fix this scope, and I want to use this scope, but housing it in a state where it's used more than once or twice a year is probably beyond my means. So I've got to work out some sort of permanent housing situation for it if I want to use it regularly.
I come back from AZ from July to at least September so I'm thinking I will work on the scope then and hopefully figure out what I'm going to do for an observatory for it.
In the meantime I can't exactly work on restoration right now so I'm going to be sending out a lot of emails trying to piece together the history.....
Edited by Augustus, 18 December 2021 - 07:58 PM.