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Old 02-09-2017, 11:10 AM   #31
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First money pit?
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:42 PM   #32
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First money pit?
Not by a long shot

That would've been my wife, or I should say my EX-wife
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:20 PM   #33
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Almost done with the painting, just a few more coats on a few small pieces to do today, then I can assemble the base and head unit over the weekend.
Granted I'm 3 weeks behind my self-imposed schedule, but I'm in no big hurry.

Next week I start on the optical tube assembly.
That's actually the hardest part. Got to be exact and precise in mounting the optics.
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:57 AM   #34
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Hot Damn! The painting is done!

It's almost midnight, but I'm still gonna start putting things together!
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:44 AM   #35
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Hot Damn! The painting is done!

It's almost midnight, but I'm still gonna start putting things together!
We all expect a few pics of the finished scope when you are done.
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Here ya go Sean...
1st and 3rd photo is the pier and head unit put together.
The blue tube is the old optical tube assembly (OTA) that I'll replace.
I put in for scale, it's 12" around by 60" tall.
The 2nd photo is the many parts I still have to mount on the head unit and the OTA.
I'd say I'm about a third of the way done.
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Here ya go Sean...
1st and 3rd photo is the pier and head unit put together.
The blue tube is the old optical tube assembly (OTA) that I'll replace.
I put in for scale, it's 12" around by 60" tall.
The 2nd photo is the many parts I still have to mount on the head unit and the OTA.
I'd say I'm about a third of the way done.

Nice...and when it is all assembled and usable, a pic of the Moon so we can get an idea of its power....would be great....
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Here ya go Sean...
1st and 3rd photo is the pier and head unit put together.
The blue tube is the old optical tube assembly (OTA) that I'll replace.
I put in for scale, it's 12" around by 60" tall.
The 2nd photo is the many parts I still have to mount on the head unit and the OTA.
I'd say I'm about a third of the way done.
the stereo in the left corner looks like it came over on the Mayflower ... dual cassettes? ... really? ...
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the stereo in the left corner looks like it came over on the Mayflower ... dual cassettes? ... really? ...
Yeah....really. One side of the rack is full of my cassette tapes.
So why not use it, while I'm working.
It's what's left over of a complete JVC system I use to have way back in the 90's. Below the cassette is a platter type CD player, and below that is a stereo JVC receiver. Use to have the stand alone amp @ 5 x 200 W and the control pre-amp/receiver for it, and the turntable, and the reel-to-reel.
But after 10 12 years things started to break down and couldn't find parts anymore. Sad really, I liked that system.
I do have a low-level feed down to the JVC from the big system upstairs, so it's not all tapes.
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Nice...and when it is all assembled and usable, a pic of the Moon so we can get an idea of its power....would be great....
It's gonna be a while before it see's 'first light' again.
At least several more months.

The mechanics (all types of brass and steel gears) are soaking to remove the old lub and 'varnish'. I'll start installing them tomorrow.

Gotta redesign and build from scratch the electrical for the motors and the electronic controls. No OEM or aftermarket are available, but I do have schematics, and pictures of how it looked.

The OTA is the most critical work I'll have to do. Gotta be done within tolerances, and right the 1st time. No jury-rigging or afro-engineering with this task. Otherwise I'll be buying a new tube, and maybe some expensive parts!

As for a picture, that will take longer, since I don't have a usable camera, or the software. Maybe by the middle of summer I'll be able to afford one, but they are EXPENSIVE! We'll see.......
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