So I've been trying to get my old Comet Catcher back in action. My grandmother gave it to me back in the 80s and I definitely haven't taken the best care of it. I was a kid! It came to me with a camera tripod ergo pointing it at a target meant aiming about a mile below the target and tightening down the tripod then let it settle and it would be pretty close. So I picked up a used cheap GEM with some very stiff grease. When I tore it down I found that it had probably never been used with the slow motion controls because the factory blob of grease was still within the span of maybe 10 teeth on the gears. So I cleaned it up and greased everything with some modern super duper stuff. Works like butter now!
Having read, in another post, that Agena has a set of rings that fits the ol'Comet Catcher, I went to their site and of course they were out of stock. No certain timeline for restocking. So I did what anybody in their right mind would do and measured what I needed and drew up a set in Fusion360 and then printed it with my 3d printer. Now, if I were billing hourly for this, these would be some seriously expensive rings. I mean the print time alone was 14 hours! But that's part of the fun. With a little bit of felt, the rings fit nice and snug on the old orange tube! Nice!
Next step is mounting a spotting scope. Or in my case a red dot finder scope. So I present to you all the question, where and how do I mount that? Do I actually drill some holes in the tube, or is there a location on the scope where this should be mounted? Also, eventually this will probably get a laser pointer. I picked up the celestron red dot kit which has numerous mounting options.
Let me know what you think. I'm looking forward to the next clear night when I get go out and learn how to polar align this thing and enjoy the view again.